All candidates who pass the practical aptitude test (i.e. those who received the required number of points for advancement and were also recommended for admission by the examination commission) are required to attend an oral examination in the subjects of Music History and Harmony. An exemption is granted for the other disciplines of music theory if the candidate demonstrates that the final classification for the subjects in question on the transcript of the conservatory (or GJN in Prague with a musical specialisation), does not show a mark of worse than a 2 in these subjects (specifically: Musical Forms, Counterpoint, Musical Instruments, Intonation; this exemption does not apply to candidates in the field of Music Theory).

If a candidate fails an examination in theoretical subjects, he or she may attend a corrective examination in those subjects which he or she did not pass, during a set term. If the applicant does not pass the corrective examination, he or she cannot be accepted for studies at the Music and Dance Faculty.

An exceptionally talented candidate (having received at least 23 points in the aptitude test) who did not pass the examination in theory will be required to attend this examination during the first year (prior to the period of examinations before the Council of Deans); otherwise he or she will not be registered for a higher academic year.

The examination will take place on the day after a candidate passes the practical aptitude test.

Only candidates who have been recommended by the previous examination committee for acceptance will advance to the examination in theory.

Music History: general knowledge of the development of music is required as well as a reliable overview of prominent composers and musical compositions, supported by specific knowledge of fundamental works.

Harmony: knowledge of the principles of Classical and Romantic harmony is required as well as the ability to orient oneself in the practical analysis of the basic harmonic phenomena of 18th and 19th-century music. In harmonic principles of 20th-century music, basic knowledge in the phenomena of extended tonality and modal music is desirable. The examination takes the form of a practical analysis of a given musical passage.

Candidates who did not graduate from a conservatory (or from GJN in Prague with a musical specialisation), will additionally attend an oral examination on counterpoint, musical forms, musical instruments and intonation. These examinations are also attended by candidates who graduated from such schools but have a mark of worse than a 2 in the relevant subjects.

Counterpoint: knowledge of the basic concepts is required – imitation, canon, fugue, double counterpoint, etc.

Musical forms: basic knowledge the individual musical forms and genres is required.

Musical instruments: knowledge of the instruments of a symphonic orchestra is required, including their ranges and notation method, tuning, tone formation and method of playing.

Intonation: aural orientation in the tone system and the ability to distinguish intervals and common chords are required.