Entry Exams


Applicants have a choice of either performing an instrumental/vocal piece, and/or presenting recordings of compositions or original arrangements.
Faculty members evaluate the applicant's general music knowledge and hearing, rhythmic and solfege skills. The interviews and performance submissions allow our staff to judge your music potential and get a general feel for your music background and ability.

Applicants for the Rimon International Music Program should send the first phase of their audition via the internet by submitting an uploaded YouTube/Vimeo or sending the admissions committee a link to a web site that demonstrates their playing/singing ability.

Please prepare 2 music pieces in your preferred style(s) which present you at your best. It is recommended that you do not play in styles or genres in which you are not fluent. As mentioned before, we are mostly interested to know who you are and learn more about your musicality and potential. Please make sure that the two music pieces show variety in musical styles, tempos or complexities (i.e. Jazz versus Rock, Classical versus Latin, Ethno versus Pop, a ballad versus a fast tune etc….)
If you play on more then one instrument please prepare the above mentioned 2 tunes on each of those instruments.

Special reminders:

* Vocalists should be accompanied by either a playback or piano/guitar player, or can accompany themselves in case they do play piano or guitar.

Vocalists are also required to video themselves and send a link of singing along with the original transcription of the solo.

Here are the Instructions for the transcriptions for vocalists:

Please choose one of the tunes from the links below, learn the vocal or instrumental part, as marked and video yourself singing along with the original as accurately as possible.

Please note:

In case you choose either 'On Broadway' or 'Moanin' please make sure to transcribe the vocal vowles. In case you choose to transcribe either 'Wave' or 'Hotel California' you are not obligated to any vowels. Please upload the video on YouTube/Vimeo and send the link to the Director of Rimon, Amikam Kimelman.


On Broadway- from minute 2:07 to minute 3:01

Wave –   from minute 0:33 to minute  1:36

Moanin' - from minute 1:46 to minute 2:49   

Hotel California- from minute 4:22 to minute 5:15

* Pianists, guitarists, bassists and horn players do not have to be accompanied.

* Drummers and percussionists are required to be accompanied by either a playback (play along with no drums track) or live musicians. It is also possible to play a transcription of the drums part along with any album, at your choice or prepare an etude which may demonstrate your technique and versatility on the drum set.  

It is important to bring to your attention that Rimon is not a classically oriented school. We do not have classical ensemble and classical performance courses.
If you are a classical player and interested in learning other styles you may start from step 1 in the non classical genres and you might be eligible only for private lesson and technique lab on your instrument.

If you do not play at all on any instrument, we will not take upon ourselves to teach you an instrument from the very beginning. However, you may still be accepted to Rimon and study theory, composition, listening and analysis and music technology courses.

We wish you good luck on your audition.

Links should be sent directly to the General Director of Rimon, Amikam Kimelman, once you have paid the $50 registration fee at LINK TO APPLY


Once you arrive in Israel and join the program, you will be required to take the 2 following placement tests:

In order to establish a major field of study and proper course placement, applicants must answer questions dealing with harmony, rhythm, ear training and theory. Knowledge of music dictation in rhythm, pitch and harmony are tested. In addition, applicants answer a questionnaire about music theory. See note below.

Rimon is willing to accept talented musicians with limited theory education, though students will need to go through a "crash" theory course during the first month of the program in September.

Applicants undergo an instrument proficiency level exam by taking part in an ensemble rating audition geared to the style of his/her choice. In order to participate in an ensemble, participants must pass a certain level of proficiency to apply for an ensemble.  The rating system allows us to place students in the various ensemble and performance classes according to their level of playing and their sight reading skills. This audition is meant for applicants who are interested in studying in the performance programs, or who are interested in participating in various ensembles or improvisation courses. In order to participate in an ensemble, students must receive a certain level of proficiency.

Exams of ensembles are:
Be Bop, Salsa, Swing, Brazilian, Gospel choir, Big Band, R&B, Funk, Fusion, Metal, Afro Pop, Mid Eastern, Israeli Classics, Miles Davies, Earth Wind & Fire, Joni Mitchell, Nora Jones, Radio Head, Weather Report, Horace Silver, Rolling Stones, Duke Ellington, Beatles, Sting.   

We make sure that all the students, upon admission, undergo ensemble rating auditions to assess their level of ensemble participation. Ensemble ratings are reevaluated at the end of each academic year to determine the next semester course choices.

We assign numbers for melodic sight reading levels and harmonic and rhythmic (for drummers) sight reading skills, as well as the level of improvisation, and finally for the level of technique.

Ensemble number rating requirements are indicated in the prerequisites of the relevant courses and ensembles. Students use their ratings to determine which ensembles and performance courses are suitable for them and available to them. Students in the performance program must demonstrate a professional level (rating of 6 and up) in order to be eligible for a diploma.

Upon arrival to the program, students will go through all of the final proficiency exams and will receive a printed acceptance letter detailing what course and ensemble (if applicable) levels are appropriate for him or her. Rimon tries to tailor curriculum requirements to the individual program needs of each student. Consequently, all candidates are invited to a personal consultation and curriculum planning session during the month of September.


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