The Conservatory and Entrance Exams, We Tell You All the Details


If you love music and want it to become your profession, the conservatory is the place where you can forge your career and learn from the best.

To do this, you need to know how to gain access, as it is not an easy task. To study at the conservatory, one must pass demanding entrance exams.

If you are reading these lines, it’s likely that you are considering the possibility of preparing for the conservatory entrance exams. Keep reading because we explain everything you need to know about the exams below.

What will you study at the music conservatory?

Like any higher education, the conservatory has a curriculum and a program that includes various subjects, among which the following are highlighted:

  • Musical language,
  • Auditory and vocal education, and
  • Professional learning of instruments.

The most studied instruments at the conservatory are the piano, violin, double bass, wind instruments, and guitar.

When you enroll and gain access through the entrance exams, you must understand that classes are mandatory.

You will learn everything necessary to be a music professional, knowing the history and the classics.

Requirements for accessing the music conservatory.

Once you know the conservatory you will be able to attend, you should find out about the actual availability of vacancies for the level you want to access. If there is a possibility that one of those vacancies could be yours, request all the information related to the admission process, dates of calls, pre-registration, necessary documentation, etc.


Higher music studies are distributed in degrees or levels.

The first is the elementary degree.

There are age limits for access, depending on the autonomous community, but typically this degree is aimed at children between 8 and 14 years old. This degree is divided into 4 courses.

Once one of the degrees is completed, it is necessary to pass a new entrance exam to move on to the next.

The second is the professional degree, lasting 6 courses.

And finally, the higher degree, lasting 4 or 5 courses depending on the specialty chosen. For this degree, it is necessary to have previously completed high school or a vocational training cycle, as these studies are equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.

Entrance exams to the conservatory

There are no specific exam models, as each conservatory reserves the right to vary certain aspects.

However, what they do have in common are the instrument and musical language tests, where theory, rhythm, intonation, and ear are evaluated.

As you progress in your studies and pass through the degrees, the tests tend to increase in difficulty and include specific evaluations on the subjects studied in the previous year.


Curriculum and Subjects

We always advise that if you want to find examples of what will be studied, as well as details about the entrance exams to the conservatory, both for children and higher grades, the best approach is to visit the specific website of the center you have chosen.

This is because each place conducts different tests and study programs, so it is highly advisable to know their characteristics to better prepare.

Below we offer you a direct link to learn about the Costa del Sol Professional Music Conservatory:

On this website, you can consult all the details about the center and its academic training, as well as interesting access to frequently asked questions where you can find all the information related to enrollment and entrance exams:

When are the entrance exams to the conservatory held?

To be able to take the entrance exams for regulated music studies, it is important to know that they are usually held at the end of May and throughout the month of June, at various conservatories in Spain.

Before these dates arrive, it is very important to have a pre-registration that guarantees there is a place for you in case you pass the exams.


From music schools, we always encourage our students with aptitude and interest to discover and explore their passion for this wonderful art, preparing them to potentially pursue a musical career.

And although the years of learning at the conservatory require effort and dedication, they are very rewarding for the vast majority.

In this institution, you will turn your hobby into a genuine profession and you can make music, and the passion for your instrument, a way of life.

Do not hesitate to ask us everything you want to know about access to the conservatory; we, as professionals, can help and advise you so that accessing these studies becomes a reality for you or your children.