Piano (B. Mus.)

1. Overview of the degree program


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

240 credit points

89 semester hours in the compulsory modules

8 semester hours in the elective compulsory module

Admission requirements

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

Successful completion of a qualifying examination

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 14 compulsory modules:

  • Artistic training I
    • Piano
  • Artistic training II
    • Piano
    • Concert education / Stage performance
  • Artistic training minor subject I, II
    • Instrumental minor
  • Ensemble I
    • Chamber music
    • Choir
  • Ensemble II
    • Chamber music
    • Jazz ensemble / Jazz choir
  • Ensemble III
    • Choir
    • Répétiteur work
  • Ensemble IV
    • Chamber music
  • Music theory/ Ear training I
    • Composition
    • Ear training
    • Form and structure analysis
  • Music theory/ Ear training II
    • Composition
    • Ear training
    • Instrumentation/arrangement
  • Music Comprehension I
    • Music history, incl. academic working methods
    • History of jazz and popular music
    • Repertoire analysis
  • Music Comprehension II
    • Music history, incl. academic working methods
    • New music
    • Repertoire analysis
  • Music teaching I
    • Introduction to music education I
    • Instrumental didactics and methods I
  • Music instruction II
    • Introduction to music education II
    • 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 module handbook.)

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.