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Bachelor of Music 8 semesters German B 2 (GER)

Qualifying exam

  • Main subject

    Artistic-practical exam
    Duration: 15-20 minutes
    A written programme must be brought to the examination.

    • one work from the renaissance or early baroque period, e.g. by Bassano, van Eyck, Castello
    • a slow and a fast movement of a high baroque sonata or concerto, e.g. by Corelli, Telemann, Vivaldi
    • a post-1960 work using contemporary compositional or performance techniques; an experimental work or original composition/improvisation is also possible
    • sight-reading

    Compulsory instrumental subject

    • Artistic-practical exam, duration: 8 minutes

    • piano or harpsichord


    • two pieces of different styles

    Examples of difficulty levels

    • Bach: two-part inventions
    • Haydn: Early sonatas (e.g. from Henle, Volume 1)
    • Schumann: Album for the Young
    • Prokofiev: Musique d'enfants
    • Allers: Bagatelles

    Applicants must demonstrate that they have a basic knowledge of piano playing and sight-reading.

    Examples of sightreading difficulty levels

    • Pieces from Kurt Herrmann's sight-reading school
    • "27 little piano pieces" by Lajos Papp (Editio Musica Budapest)
    • "You can Sight Read" by Lorina Havill


    • Two pieces of different styles

    Examples of difficulty levels

    • J. S. Bach: an invention or a work from one of the piano booklets
    • G. P. Telemann: one movement of a fantasia
    • F. Couperin: a prelude from "L'Art de toucher le clavecin"
    • one movement of a suite by H. Purcell, D. Buxtehude, G. Böhm or similar

    If you are admitted to the Historical Instruments/Early Music Bachelor's programmes (Perfomance Practice and Music Education), you can choose between piano, harpsichord, organ or fortepiano.

    Ear training

    Written and oral examination, duration: 35 minutes

    Music theory

    Written and oral 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 this study area?

Professional field for which the course qualifies

The Bachelor of Music (Performance) in Recorder prepares students for a career that can be very individual. Graduates typically work as freelance soloists and chamber musicians.

This places high demands on the graduate's artistic ability and personality, as well as their communication and marketing skills.

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