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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, ÖSD, telc GmbH or TestDaF – Level 4, DSD II, DSH I or UNIcert II.
    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

Exact dates for the upcoming Examination Week can be found here.

Participation is only possible after successful completion of an application and the resulting invitation.

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

Pre-selection

For the study programme (Music Theatre) Direction there will be a pre-selection. The pre-selection is based on a written concept in German that is to be submitted subsequent to the application period. Applicants are informed about the results in writing via the application portal.

Procedure

Please upload the German-language written concept to be submitted (in PDF format) using the link provided by our school.
Please mark all files with your name or create a ZIP-compressed folder with your documents and label it with your name so that the documents can be clearly allocated.

Requirements Concept

  • From a list of music theatre works to be announced by 1 June 2020, a piece is to be selected for which a written concept must be submitted by 15 July 2020.
  • The concept elaboration should be 4 to 8 pages long. 
  • Attached layouts, drawings and photos of the imagined features are explicitly welcome.

List of works

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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • three pieces of different styles (at least one piece of classical or baroque era with level of difficulty equivalent to a classical sonata movement or invention)

Compulsory Exam Compositional Technique (written exam)

Example (PDF, 236 KB)

  • 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)

Example (PDF, 101 KB)

  • 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.

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's degree or equivalent
  • Advanced musical ability in the programme subject which must be demonstrated in the audition exam

Audition Exam

  • For winter semester: May/June

Exact dates for the upcoming Examination Week can be found here.

Participation is only possible after successful completion of an application and the resulting invitation.

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

Pre-selection

For the study programme (Music Theatre) Direction there will be a pre-selection. The pre-selection is based on a written concept in German that is to be submitted subsequent to the application period. Applicants are informed about the results in writing via the application portal.

Procedure

Please upload the German-language written concept to be submitted (in PDF format) and any other documents required using the link provided by our school.

Check that recordings for an audiovisual documentation are available and accessable (no password/no login function).
Please mark all files with your name or create a ZIP-compressed folder with your documents and label it with your name so that the documents can be clearly allocated.

Requirements Concept

  • From a list of music theatre works to be announced by 1 June 2020, a piece is to be selected for which a written concept must be submitted by 15 July 2020.
  • The concept elaboration should be 4 to 8 pages long. 
  • Attached layouts, drawings and photos of the imagined features are explicitly welcome.
  • Please enclose the following documents with your written staging concept:
    • an audiovisual documentation of your own production of a musical theatre work;
    • proof of practical theatre experience in the field of directing, assistant directing or an internship as a director in at least three music theatre productions;
    • detailed information about your musical education.

List of works

Audition Exam

Audition Exam Process

The audition exam for the master's programme 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.
  • 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:

  • 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 or USB stick
  • 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