Frequently Asked Questions


1. How can I apply for auditions?

You can find all the information on auditions and the admission process here.

2. I’m having problems in sending the application form

If you are unable to successfully send the form, please contact us at this email: esmrs@albeniz.com.

3. What fees do I have to pay to audition?

There is an €100 application fee for auditions for 2022-2023 at the Reina Sofía School of Music. You only have to pay one fee, even if you apply for more than one department.

If you are pre-selected for auditions, we will contact you via email one month before your audition date. These take place in Madrid and entail a €30 audition fee, to be paid before the audition date.

4. How much does it cost to study at the School?

All students enjoy free tuition. You can apply to the Albéniz Foundation for a scholarship that covers 100% of the cost of enrollment which amounts to € 45,000 per year, an amount equivalent to the average cost of a student's studies per academic year. The initial granting of this aid is conditional on the signing and acceptance of the specific conditions of this scholarship.

The scholarship is annual, and can be renewed, which will be awarded based on the academic and artistic development of the student, as well as their respect for the code of conduct.

The only payment that they will have to assume is 1,200 euros for the reservation of a place.

5. Should I bring a piano accompanist to the audition?

The school provides a piano accompanist for auditions in each of the departments, but with prior notice you can appear with your own piano accompanist.

6. Can you enroll in two or more departments?

You can enroll in all the departments you want, specifying the chosen repertoire in each of them.

You only have to pay one fee, even if you apply for more than one department. From the second registration on, you must use the code 02reina22 when doing the payment to obtain your discount.

7. What is involved in the musical analysis test?

You can find the information on the test for each department here.

8. Can you perform the audition online?

Traditionally, auditions are held in person at the headquarters of the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid. You can check dates and other information here.

9. What is the audiovisual support required in the registration?

This are two recordings of contrasting pieces of your choice, with at least one accompanied by a pianist. You may also provide a third, optional recording showcasing another activity: chamber music, as a soloist...

For applicants to the Composition Chair the recording must include a short a short presentation of the pieces included in the dossier. More information here

10. What documents should I bring?

2 copies of the works you are going to perform: 1 for the panel, and 1 for the accompanying pianist.

11. Can I apply even if I do not live in Spain?

Yes, candidates from all countries can take part in the admission process. You should take this information into consideration.

12. Can I enroll again in the entrance exams despite not having been selected in previous years?

All candidates may apply as often as they want, provided they meet the requirements of the call.

13. What study programmes are offered?

The School offers various degrees, both official and not accredited.

The official degrees are the Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Music.

The not accredited programmes are Preliminary Studies and Diploma in Musical Interpretation (or Composition).

You can find all the information about the different programmes in the section on School Curriculum.

14. Do you offer distance learning?

No, all students at the School must establish their residence in Madrid.

15. Are Erasmus students admitted?

The School is part of the Erasmus network (effective from September 2022). To enjoy an exchange, students must audition regularly and commit to course a full academic year at the School (from October to June).

16. Can I take only the performance classes? Are there any other compulsory classes?

The official study plans (Bachelor’s Degree and Master's Degree) require that the student take the specific subjects in a timely manner.

The School's not accredited plans are adapted to the unique circumstances of each student, resulting in an individual study program.

Attendance at all scheduled classes is mandatory.

17. Are the classes in Spanish and English?

The official language of the school is Spanish.

To study official degrees (Bachelor’s Degree and Master's Degree), a sufficient command of the language will be necessary to be able to pass the contents required by the study plan.

In cases where the level of Spanish is not adequate and a place has been obtained, a year of Preliminary Studies may be offered to facilitate the student's adaptation to teaching in this language.

Instrumental subjects can be taught in Spanish or English (in exceptional circumstances an interpreter may be available).

18. Is a certificate of Spanish language level required?

It is not necessary to present any certificate, but if you wish you may provide one through the registration form.

The official language at the school is Spanish, so an intensive Spanish course will be offered to all non-Spanish-speaking students in their first year of studies.