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Bachelor

General Information

DepartmentVoice, (Music Theatre) Direction
LanguageGerman
Programme Duration8 semesters
Possible StartWinter semester
Requirements
  • University entrance qualification
  • Advanced musical ability in the programme subject which must be demonstrated in the audition exam
  • International applicants without German university entry permission must provide evidence of their German language skills through:
    1. Sprachzertifikat B.2.2 (GER) of the Goethe Institute or TestDaF – Level 4 from the TestDaF Institute.
    Language certificates must be submitted during enrolment at the latest.
    2. Technical German language skills in music will be assessed during the music theory examination.

Audition Exam

  • For winter semester: May/June

Participation is only possible with an invitation.

Admissions RegulationsAdmission Regulations (only available in German) can be downloaded as a PDF here.

Audition Exam Direction

Audition Exam

The audition exam for direction major is comprised of two parts:

  • One theoretical exam in direction, in which the applicant can choose the theme from a list of given works.
    At the end of the application deadline (15th April), applicants will be informed of the pieces from which they can choose in the audition exam.
  • One practical exam on direction to a set theme.

For further information regarding this study programme and application process, we highly recommend you to contact the relevant academic adviser.

Requirements
  • no later than two weeks before the scheduled audition exam, the staging concept for the piece selected from the list of approved works must be submitted in writing
  • proof of practical theater experience is not compulsory but desirable
Theoretical Exam

In the theoretical exam, following aspects are valued:

  • intelligence of the content of the work
  • fundamental musical understanding
  • presentation of scenic ideas (e.g. using a stage design model)
  • exhibition of the staging concept through a free presentation if possible.
Practical Exam

In the practical exam, the applicant needs to display his/her talent in the following areas:

  • fantasy
  • creativity
  • expression ability
  • organizational ability

Audition Exams Piano, Compositional Technique, Ear Training

Compulsory Exam Piano
  • two pieces of different styles (level of difficulty e.g. classical sonatina movement, Bach Invention)
  • sight-reading
Compulsory Exam Compositional Technique (written exam)
  • notation in treble and bass clefs
  • knowledge of keys and their accidentals in major and minor
  • knowledge of major and minor scales, including modal keys
  • determination and notation of intervals in designated octaves
  • determination and notation of triads (major, minor, diminished, augmented) and dominant seventh chords, including reversals
  • knowledge of the primary and secondary functions in major and minor
  • spelling of a short cadence (four parts) according to the functional and level symbols
  • analysis of two short excerpts from different musical epochs
Compulsory Exam Ear Training (written)
  • melody dictation (Baroque and/or classical melodies)
  • rhythmic dictation (binary and ternary rhythms with slurs and/or syncopation)
  • determination of major and minor scales as well as modal scales
  • determination and notation of intervals of designated octaves
  • determination of triads and dominant seventh chords with inversions (ascending and descending)
  • aural analysis of two short music examples from different musical epochs
Transfer Applicants
  • Applicants for undergraduate studies who have already studied at a RKM-recognized German music school and are applying to transfer to HFM are exempt from taking the exams in piano, composition, and ear training if they are able to provide a matriculation certificate/certificate of enrolment.
  • Applicants who have studied at a non-RKM-recognized German or foreign music school are eligible for exemption from taking the exams in piano, composition, and ear training if they are able to provide appropriate evidence of academic assessments as decided informally by the Exam Commission.

Application

Application Deadline
  • For winter semester: 15 April
Application Fee60,- € more
Application PortalOnline-Application
Master

General Information

DepartmentVoice, (Music Theatre) Direction
LanguageGerman
Programme Duration4 semesters
Possible StartWinter semester
Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor of Music with 240 credits or equivalent in the same subject as the Masters programme
  • Advanced musical ability in the programme subject which must be demonstrated in the audition exam

Audition Exam

  • For winter semester: May/June

Participation is only possible with an invitation.

Admission RegulationsAdmission Regulations (only available in German) can be downloaded as a PDF here.

Audition Exam

Audition Exam Process

The audition exam for the consecutive master in music theater direction consists of two parts:

  • a theoretical exam on music theater direction, in which applicants can choose the theme from a list of works. After the end of the application deadline (15th April), the literature list of possible choices for the entrance exam will be made known to the applicants.
  • a practical exam on music theater direction with a set theme.

For further information regarding this study programme and application process, we highly recommend you to contact the relevant academic adviser.

Pre-requisites

The following must be submitted no later than two weeks before the audition exam date:

  • a staging concept in written form for the piece selected from the list of possible choices
  • an audiovisual documentation of an own music theater staging on DVD
  • proof of practical theater experience in the area of direction, direction assistance or direction traineeship in at least two music theater productions
  • a description of previous musical training
Theoretical Exam

The following aspects are considered in the exam:

  • fundamental theoretical and practical theater knowledge
  • solid understanding with regards to the interconnections in the content of the work
  • analytical understanding of compositional arrangement
  • individual artistic approach to the reading and conception of a work
  • descriptive presentation of scenic ideas (e.g. by use of stage models and figures)
  • exhibition of the staging concept through a free presentation
Practical Exam

In the practical exam, the applicant needs to display their talent in the following areas:

  • scenic expression skills
  • distinctive fantasy
  • individual distinctive creativity
  • musical talent and associated musical knowledge
  • verbal and non-verbal communication talent
  • ability to motivate
  • convincing organizational skills

Application

Application Deadline
  • For winter semester: 15 April
Application Fee60,- € more
Application PortalOnline-Application