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Bachelor

General Information

DepartmentPiano, Composition, Theoretical Studies
LanguageGerman
Programme Duration8 semesters
Possible StartWinter and summer semester
Requirements
  • 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
  • For summer semester: January/February

Participation is only possible with an invitation.

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

Audition Exam Piano

Audition Programme

For the audition exam, applicants must submit a programme with their application, which they are then to prepare. Applicants choose their own works based on the guidelines provided.

  • four works of different styles, e.g.
    • J. S. Bach Preludes and Fugues from “The Well-Tempered Clavier”
    • classical sonata (all movements)
    • a romantic work, e.g. Chopin, one of the ballads
    • a modern work of free choice
      all works must be performed from memory, with the exception of the modern piece.
  • a virtuosic étude
  • sight-reading
Pre-selection
  • Pre-selection precedes the regular audition exam process.
  • The applicant will perform two works which will be chosen by the Exam Commission from your submitted audition programme.
  • The Commission is entitled to interrupt or discontinue your audition.
  • Upon request, applicants may request for feedback from the Committee in order to prepare for the audition exam.

Audition Exams Compositional Technique, Ear Training

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 ApplicantsApplicants for undergraduate studies who have already studied at a 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 foreign music university/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
  • For summer semester: 15 December
Application Fee60,- € more
Application PortalOnline-Application
Master

General Information

DepartmentPiano, Composition, Theoretical Studies
LanguageGerman
Possible ConcentrationsSolo (piano concert), chamber music, lied accompaniment
Programme Duration4 semesters
Possible StartWinter and summer 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
  • For summer semester: January/February

Participation is only possible with an invitation.

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

Audition Exam

Audition Programme

For the audition exam, applicants must submit a programme with their application, which they are then to prepare. Applicants choose their own works based on the guidelines provided.

  • four works of different eras, including
    • one classical sonata with 3 or 4 movements
    • one polyphonic work (e.g. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier)
Pre-selection
  • Pre-selection precedes the regular entrance exam process.
  • The applicant performs two works which are chosen by the exam commission from the submitted programme.
  • The commission is entitled to interrupt or break off the presentation.
  • A discussion with recommendations for further artistic work in preparation for subsequent exams can be requested by the candidate.
Audition Exam Process
  • In the audition exam, the applicant performs the submitted programme.
  • The exam commission retains the right to interrupt or break off the presentation.
  • Applicants must display above average artistic and technical piano skills.

Application

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

General Information

DepartmentPiano, Composition, Theoretical Studies
Programme Duration4 semesters
Possible StartWinter and summer semester

Admission Requirements

  • Master of Music or equivalent in the same subject as the Konzertexamen programme with a final grade of at least 1,3
  • Advanced musical ability in the programme subject which must be demonstrated in the audition exam
Audition Exam
  • For winter semester: May/June
  • For summer semester: January/Februar

Participation is only possible with an invitation.

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

Audition Exam

Audition Programme

For the audition exam, applicants must submit a programme with their application, which they are then to prepare. Applicants choose their own works based on the guidelines provided.

  • four complete works from four different stylistic eras, including
    • one work from Baroque
    • one classical sonata of three or four movements

The exam commission chooses a program of approximately 15 minutes from the prepared works.

  • additionally sight-reading of 1-2 minutes might be asked for

Application

Application Deadline
  • For winter semester: 15 April
  • For summer semester: 15 December
Application Fee60,- € more
Application PortalOnline-Application
Junior Scholars

General Information

DepartmentPiano, Composition, Theoretical Studies
LanguageGerman
Programme DurationParticipation in Junior Scholars ends at the age of 18, unless he or she has not completed their schooling. If this is the case, participation will end in the semester that he or she completes schooling.
Possible StartWinter and summer semester
Admission Requirements
  • Advanced musical ability and skill
  • No older than 18 years old
  • Proof of school enrolment
Audition Exam
  • For winter semester: May/June
  • For summer semester: January/February

Participation is only possible with an invitation.

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

Audition Exam

Audition Programme

The audition exam is composed of two parts:

  • two works from at least two stylistic epochs
  • examination of instrumental technique

The works are to be selected by the applicant and should be age and skill-appropriate.

Application

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