Piano (B. Mus.)

1. Overview of the degree program

Standard period of study 8 semesters (4 years)
Overall scope

240 credit points

90 semester hours in the compulsory modules

8 semester hours in the elective compulsory module

Admission requirements

University entrance qualification as per Art. 33 and 65 (1-2) of the University Act (HochSchG): General higher education entrance qualification or a discipline-specific admission qualification

Successful completion of a qualifying examination

A General Certificate of Secondary Education (Realschulabschluss) does qualify to enroll if a candidate has passed the aptitude test in his/her major subject (orchestral instrument) with a score of at least “13” and has passed all the other parts of the aptitude test as well.

Candidates applying for the aptitude test, who have neither a German general qualification for university entrance nor a degree / graduation in a German speaking course of studies have to submit a DSH certificate for at least the Level DSH-1-GERR (or equivalent). The authorization expires if the certificate is not submitted in time.

Entrance into the program only possible in the winter semester
Degree Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)
Program objective

The Bachelor's degree program is a basic course of artistic study that leads to an academic qualification for a future career.

The goal is to provide individuals with sufficient artistic talent with the necessary artistic, educational, and other professionally significant core skills and competencies to enable them to work successfully as a professional pianist.

Course  structure and contents

The degree program encompasses 15 compulsory modules:

  • Artistic training major subject I
    • Piano
  • Artistic training major subject II
    • Piano
    • Concert education / Stage performance
  • Artistic training minor subject I, II
    • Instrumental minor
  • Ensemble I
    • Chamber music
    • Choir
  • Ensemble II
    • Chamber music
    • Ensemble New Music / Ensembles Jazz and Popular Music
  • Ensemble III
    • Choir
    • Répétiteur work
  • Ensemble IV
    • Chamber music
  • Music theory
    • Composition
    • Ear training
    • Form and structure analysis
  • Music theory
    • Composition
    • Ear training
    • Instrumentation/arrangement
  • Music Comprehension I
    • Music history
    • History of jazz and popular music
  • Music Comprehension II
    • Music history
    • Repertoire analysis
  • Music Comprehension III
    • Repertoire analysis
    • Academic working methods
    • New Music
  • Music teaching I
    • Introduction to music education
    • Instrumental didactics and methods
  • Music instruction II
    • Introduction to music education
    • Instrumental didactics and methods (including a supervised teaching internship)

and 1 elective compulsory module

  • Interdisciplinary studies / Context studies
    • Instructional sessions provided by the School of Music and its cooperation partners

All modules except Ensemble I, Ensemble IV, and Interdisciplinary studies / Context studies conclude with a module-specific examination.

(For more information see the annex of the Examination regulations relating to the respective course of studies and the module handbook respectively.)

Bachelor's examination

Module-by-module exams during the course of studies

Written Bachelor's thesis (8 credit points)

Practical artistic final examination (11 credit points)

2. Requirements for the qualifying examination

Piano major

Examination duration: approx. 15 minutes

Presentation of four pieces, one from the early Baroque period (Bach, Handel etc.), one from the Classical period (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven etc.), one Romantic or Impressionist piece (Schubert, Schumann, Brahms etc.) and one Modern piece.

Sight-playing of a moderately difficult piece

Instrumental minor

Examination duration: approx. 10 minutes

Presentation of two pieces: one from the early Baroque and one Classical, Romantic or Modern piece.

Ear training, oral

Examination duration: approx. 10 minutes

Identification and singing of intervals and chords, identification of rhythms and meters, repetition (instrumental or voice) and expansion of a presented melodic phrase, sight-singing of an easy choral voice

Written examination

Examination duration: 1 hour

Single and dual-voice tonal and free tonal musical dictation as well as rhythm examples

Examination duration: 1 hour

Identification and writing of intervals and chords, notation of a short figured bass, polyharmonic passage for a given melody, explanation of specialized musical terms and forms.