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Bachelor of Music 8 semesters German C1 (GER)

Qualifying exam

  • Main subject

    Artistic-practical group examination; examination duration 180 minutes
    The examination comprises four areas (areas 1-3 consist of tasks to be performed spontaneously, area 4 can be prepared at home):

    • Handling the voice
      • Singing folk songs
      • melodic improvisation
      • sight-singing
      • Experimental use of the voice, recitation of a poem
    • Elementary music making
      • Body percussion
      • Using percussion instruments
      • Free use of one's own additional specialised instrument
      • rhythmic and melodic improvisation
      • use of instruments in connection with song and text
      • Experimental use of sounds
    • basics of movement / dance
      • translating musical impulses into movement
      • Dealing with predetermined structured movement sequences
      • Movement/dance improvisation in connection with music
    • Instruction of a group
      • Instruction of a group of competitors (max. 10 minutes) without sheet music, e.g. development of a song with or without accompaniment, an instrumental piece (e.g. for Orff instruments, body percussion or freely selectable instruments), development of a musical/dance text or a dance.

    Additional subject

    Practical artistic examination; examination duration 15-20 minutes
    A written examination programme must be brought to the examination.

    • Baroque bassoon/dulcian and baroque oboe
      • three works from different styles, including one slow and one fast movement of a baroque sonata (e.g. Corelli, Bach, Handel)
      • another piece of your choice
    • Baroque trumpet/baroque trombone
      • three works of different styles
    • Baroque violin/Baroque viola
      • one slow and one fast movement from a baroque Basso Continuo sonata in Italian style or mixed flavours
      • one further work of your choice, with Basso Continuo or solo
    • Baroque violoncello
      • three works in different styles
    • harpsichord
      • one work of the 17th century
      • one work by Bach
      • two works in the French Baroque style or sonatas by D. Scarlatti or Soler
    • fortepiano
      • one work from the Viennese Classical period (J. Haydn or W. A. Mozart)
      • a work by one of Bach's sons
    • Lute/theorbo
      • three works of different styles
    • Transverse flute
      • one slow and one fast movement from a baroque Basso Continuo sonata in Italian or mixed style
      • three movements of a sonata or suite in the French style
      • two movements of a sonata in the sensitive style
      • sight-reading
    • viola da gamba
      • an unaccompanied Ricercar by D. Ortiz
      • any movement from a sonata by Bach
      • one movement from a sonata by Abel
      • another piece of your choice
      • sight-reading

    Compulsory instrumental subject

    Practical artistic examination; examination duration 8-12 minutes
    (not applicable for additional subject harpsichord, main subject fortepiano, main subject lute and main subject theorbo)

    • Practical handling of the main triads and their inversions in keys with up to three accidentals (major and minor)
    • Playing scales with up to three accidentals (major and minor)
    • Performance of two piano pieces of different character, at a level of difficulty of e.g.
      • Bach: Little Prelude in C major (from "Kl. Präludien und Fughetten": III,1 BWV 939 [Henle 106])
      • Haydn: Scherzo (3rd movement from "Sonata in F" Hoboken XVI: 9 [Henle 238])
      • Schumann: Melody ("Album for the Youth" op. 68, no. 1 [Henle 108])
      • Hajdu: The Pendulum ("The Milky Way" vol. 1, no. 1 [Sikorski 1701])
      • Bartók: Accompaniment with broken triads ("Mikrokosmos" vol. 2, no. 42 [Boosey & Hawkes H.15197])

    Ear training

    Written and oral examination; examination lasts 35 minutes

    Music theory

    Written and oral examination; examination duration 35 minutes

Application process

Find out more on our application and admissions page.

for studies starting in winter semester 2023/24Subject-specific study and examination regulations (German)

The subject-specific study and examination regulations form the legal basis for your degree programme. They contain all the information you need to know about your studies, including module descriptions and how your grades are calculated.

What can I expect in these study areas?

Professional field for which the course qualifies

The Bachelor's degree in Elemental Music Pedagogy / Historical Instruments (Music Education) prepares students for a versatile artistic and pedagogical career.

The combination of artistic and pedagogical content opens up a wide range of professional opportunities, from permanent employment in an educational or artistic institution to the field of freelance musician or music pedagogy.

Fields of activity include elementary music practice or instrumental and vocal teaching in music schools, general schools or day-care centres, vocational schools and (further) educational institutions of all kinds.

Elemental Music Practice with children, young people, adults and senior citizens can also take place in specialisations such as drama and singing groups, music and theatre groups, drumming groups, etc. It is also possible to work in the field of concert pedagogy, where graduates work as both performers and educators.

The high level of instrumental and vocal pedagogical qualifications acquired in the additional subject modules, combined with musical-artistic skills and stylistic versatility, gives graduates the opportunity to position themselves individually in the pedagogical and artistic field and to respond flexibly to the needs of the labour market.

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