Orchestral instruments (B. Mus.)
1. Overview of the degree program
|Standard period of study||8 semesters (4 years)|
240 credit points
109 semester hours in the compulsory modules
8 semester hours in the elective compulsory module
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 purpose of this degree program is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in a career as an orchestral musician and instrumental educator.|
|Course structure and content||
The degree program encompasses 17 compulsory modules:
and 1 elective compulsory module
All modules except Ensemble I, II, III, and Interdisciplinary studies / Context studies conclude with a module-specific examination.
(For more information see the module handbook.)
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
Recital approx. 15 minutes
Violin: Presentation of a passage from one of six solo sonatas/partitas by J.S. Bach, one passage with cadenza from a violin concert by W.A. Mozart, a passage from a Romantic or Modern violin concert or a virtuoso piece of a comparable level of difficulty from a contemporary work of your choice (or an entire work).
Viola, violoncello, or contrabass: Presentation of two passages (one slow, one up-tempo) from a Baroque sonata, a passage from a Classical concert, a passage from a Romantic or contemporary work of your choice (or an entire work).
Drum set: Presentation of four works, one each for small drum, timpani, mallets, and drum sets at the following difficulty levels: Small drum: Goldenberg, Morris: Modern School for Snare Drum Etude 7/8, pages 48-49. Schapell & Co, New York; Hochrainer, Richard: Übung für Kleine Trommel, Etude No. 25, Walzer, page 13, Doblinger Verlag, Vienna; Timpani: Hochrainer, Richard: Etüden für Timpani, Book 1, No. 10, Marsch, Doblinger Verlag, Vienna; Keune Ekkehardt: Timpani. Ein Schulwerk, Etude No. 107, page 128, DVfm, Leipzig. Mallets: Schlüter, Wolfgang: Solobuch für Vibraphon, Nadjas Tanz, Page 5, Menuett für Kathrin, Page 8-9, Simrock, Hamburg (can also be played on xylophone or marimbaphone). Drum set: Solo of own choice; Rick Latham, Dante Agostini, Murray Houlif or similar. Xylophone: Goldenberg, Morris: Etude No. 1.
All other major subjects: Presentation of four pieces, one from the early Baroque period (Bach, Handel etc.), one from the Classical period (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven etc.), one Romantic (Schubert, Schumann, Brahms etc.) and one Modern piece.
Presentation of two easier works from different periods
Examination duration: approx. 5 minutes
|Ear training (oral)||
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.
Examination duration: approx. 10 minutes
|Ear training / Music theory (written)||
a. Single and dual-voice tonal and free tonal musical dictation as well as rhythm examples
Examination duration: 60 minutes
b. 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.
Examination duration: 60 minutes
The course sequence and examination regulations (pending approval from the relevant Ministry) are available for download in the column to the right.