Music

Application “Instrumental Training” (B.Mus.)


Amendments to the conducting of the aptitude testing procedure for the 2020/2021 winter semester:

In accordance with § 4 Section 1 of the Exceptions Regulations issued by the President's Office in the implementation of the Corona Epidemic Higher Education Ordinance (Official Notification No. 364), on 20th May 2020 the President's Office of the Folkwang University of the Arts has decided to adopt the proposal of Faculty 1 and make the following amendments to the conducting of the aptitude testing procedure for the Faculty 1 study courses:

Instrumental Training, B.Mus.

Supplementary to the regulations laid down in the Framework Provisions for the Determination of Artis-tic or Course-specific Aptitude and Special Artistic Talent from 6th June 2018 in conjunction with § 3 of the Examination Regulations for the Instrumental Training Bachelor of Music study course (B. Mus.) from 18th February 2014, the aptitude testing procedure for the instruments listed below will take place as a two-stage procedure.

The first stage will be digitally conducted and consists of the timely submission of applicants' own re-cordings by electronic means (video links). 

The following subject-specific regulations apply to the recordings of the respective instruments:

Piano

The recording should not be more than 1 year old. A complete classical sonata from Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven is expected. The individual movements of the classical sonata may be separately recorded.


The assessment criteria are:

- motoric-technical possibility and secure mastery of the programme

- aesthetics and a sense of the tone

- stylistic differences

- intuition as well as understanding for harmony

- recognisable musicality and creativity

Violin

The recording should not be more than 3 months old. The recording should consist of

 

1) two movements from one of the sonatas and partitas by J. S. Bach

2) a first movement with cadenza from a Mozart concerto 

3) a freely chosen piece.  

 

Due to the current situation, the programme can also be performed completely solo.

 

The assessment criteria are: 

- musical/stylistic arrangement

- tone quality 

- intonation

Viola

The recording should not be more than 3 months old and everything can be recorded solo without piano accompaniment.

 

1) one freely chosen piece (maximum duration +/- 8 minutes)

2) two contrasting movements from a cello suite or partita or solo sonata for violin

3) the cadenza from the 1st movement of a classical concerto.

 

The assessment criteria are:

- beauty of tone 

- musical charisma 

- intonation 

- poise 

- temperament

Cello

The recording should not be more than 3 months old. The recording (duration of 10 to 15 minutes) should consist of:

 

1) from a suite for cello solo by J.S.Bach

2) two other freely chosen works from two other stylistic periods (individual movements or excerpts possible).

 

Due to the current situation, all the works can be performed solo.

 

The assessment criteria are: 

- technical prowess (left hand: agility, intonation; right hand: tonal quality, bowing) 

- power of expression 

- stylistic differences

Flute

The recording should not be more than 3 months old. The recording (duration of 10 to 15 minutes) should consist of three works from three different stylistic periods, including the first movement from a classical concerto with cadenza. 

 

Due to the current situation, the programme can also be performed completely solo.

 

The assessment criteria are:

- technical and instrumental skills without difficulty 

- stylistic differences

- musicality

- artistic personality

Clarinet

The recording should not be more than 6 months old. The recording (duration of 10 to 15 minutes) should consist of three freely chosen works from at least two different stylistic periods (individual movements possible).

 

Due to the current situation, all the works can be performed solo.

 

The assessment criteria are:

- technically secure mastery of the programme

- predominantly secure intonation

- recognisable differences in the stylistics of the pieces performed

- recognisable sense for sound

- musically diverse arrangement

Trumpet

The recording should not be more than 6 months old. The recording (duration of up to 10 minutes) should consist of two freely chosen works from different stylistic periods (individual movements possible). Due to the current situation, all the works can be performed solo. 

 

The assessment criteria are:

- musically diverse arrangement

- recognisable differences in the stylistics of the pieces performed 

- predominantly secure intonation 

- technically secure mastery of the programme

If this first stage of the examination procedure is passed, the candidate is invited to the second stage.

The examination in the second stage of the aptitude testing procedure takes place with the candidate physically present as laid down in § 3 of the Examination Regulations for the Instrumental Training Bachelor study course.


On this page you will find information on the application and the aptitude test as well as on the documents you will need to provide at the time of enrolment, if your application is successful.

Application | Registration
For the study course “Instrumental Training” you will need the following documents:

    • Application to participate in the qualifying examination (open from 16. November to the deadline on 15. March)
    • CV/Résumé
    • One passport photograph (3.5 x 4.5 cm)
    • Leaving certificate (simple copy) of last attended school
    • Students: verification of student status
      Graduated students: Leaving certificate(s)
      (simple copy)
      When changing the university/study programme or resuming your studies
      (in each of these cases) on the same study cycle with the same main subject (instrument/voice): Transcript of Records of the previous studies (simple copy)
    • Receipt for payment of the application fee (bank statement)
    • If applicable, certificate of foreign university entrance examination such as APS certificate / American College Test (ACT) / College Scholastic Ability Test / University Entrance Examination Center Test (simple copy) or other international educational achievements (simple copy) that constitute a university entrance qualification for Germany such as completed periods of studies; country-specific information: http://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html

    Please note: We must have received your application documents in paper form not later than the application deadline March 15th (for the following winter semester).

    Application fee

    For your application a fee of € 50 is due.
    If you apply for multiple study courses simultaneously, the fee is € 50 for the first application and € 15 for every additional study course. The amount will be automatically calculated and shown to you in the application form.

    Aptitude test

    The aptitude test for the study course Instrumental Training usually takes place in the first weeks of May. Please note that you will have to be on site for the aptitude test.

    The aptitude test consists of two parts:

    • A test of your musical aptitude. Here you will perform pieces of your own choosing

    The requirements for the pieces depend on your desired major and can be found here:

     

    Aptitude test requirements (Bachelor_Faculty 1)

    • A 60 min. exam of your theoretical capabilities

    A sample test to help you prepare for the theory test can be found here:

    Aptitude test music theory

    Documents for enrolment

    • Completed application form for enrolment (send to you by mail after having successfully passed the aptitude test)
    • Completed application form for Folkwang Card (send to you by mail after having successfully passed the aptitude test)
    • Proof of existing health insurance
    • Certified copy of leaving certificate of your last attended school (certified translation where applicable)
    • Evidence of sufficient language skills, if you did not acquire your qualification for university entrance in Germany
    • Proof of payment of the social contribution

    If you have any questions regarding the enrolment process, please contact:

    Alexandra Kiene

    Department Studies and International Affairs | Office of Student Affairs | Fac. 1 & 2

    Email

    +49 (0) 201_4903-234

    Nadine Knobloch

    Department Studies and International Affairs | Office of Student Affairs | Fac. 1 & 2

    Email

    +49 (0) 201_4903-295

    Jennifer Schwarzer

    Department Studies and International Affairs | Office of Student Affairs | Fac. 1 & 2

    Email

    +49 (0) 201_ 4903-233