Music

Instrumental Training (Bachelor of Music)

Basic info & Application

  • Faculty: 1
  • Degree: Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)
  • Standard period of study: 8 semesters full-time (part-time study is possible)
  • Workload: 240 ECTS Credits
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Provider: Folkwang University of the Arts
  • Programme start: Each winter semester in October

Study options (Main subjects)

You choose an instrument as main subject:

 

_Accordion
_Baroque cello
_Baroque oboe
_Baroque violin
_Recorder
_Cembalo
_Bassoon
_Guitar
_Harp
_Horn
_Clarinet
_Piano
_Double bass
_Oboe
_Organ
_Trombone
_Flute
_Saxophone
_Percussion
_Baroque flute/Traverso
_Trumpet
_Tuba
_Viola
_Viola da gamba
_Violin
_Violoncello

 

Please note the following "Note: Suspended study options", for which it is then not possible to apply.

Note: Suspended study options

For the following instrument there are currently no free capacities and therefore no applications are possible: Accordion, Organ and Recorder

Admission requirements

_Evidence of qualification for entry (general university entrance certificate). Official database on the equivalence of international educational achievements: http://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html)

 

_Evidence of artistic aptitude or outstanding artistic talent respectively by passing the aptitude test at the Folkwang University of the Arts.

 

_Applicants without a general university entrance certificate may also be admitted, provided that they exhibit outstanding artistic talent (see "Rahmeneignungsprüfungsordnung" Nr. 399 §8)

Language requirements

_Applicants have to verify proof of language level A2 with enrolment.

 

_The required levels of language skills at Folkwang University of the Arts are in accordance to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Costs

_50 € application fee: For your application a fee of € 50 is due. The amount will be shown to you in the application form.

 

_No tuition fees are charged at Folkwang.

 

_Each semester all students have to pay a social contribution for the services of the Student Union, a student contribution for the work of the AStA (General Student Committee) and the VRR/NRW ticket. A breakdown of the amounts plus information on how to pay is available here.

Inclusion

Folkwang actively supports the call of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to train people with disabilities as artists and therefore particularly welcomes applications for the guest student programme, regular study courses and requests for inclusive cooperation projects. Prospective students should make use of the possibility of a counselling meeting with the  Representative for students with disability or chronic illness in advance.

Application documents

Applications must be submitted via the Folkwang Application Portal by the end of the application period on 15 March (for the following winter semester). The portal is open for applications from 15 January to 15 March. Submit your application as early as possible. Only applications that have been submitted in full by the application deadline will be considered. Academic certificates must be submitted in the original German or English language or with an official translation.

For the application you have to upload the following in the portal:

A) YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS

_CV in tabular form (desired)

_Passport photograph (optional)

_School-leaving certificate from the last school attended (secondary school, e.g. high school); alternatively last school certificate

_If applicable, degree certificate, transcript of records and/or certificate of enrolment from the university(ies) attended to date

_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 or other international educational achievements that constitute a university entrance qualification for Germany such as completed periods of studies; country-specific information: http://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html

_For the first stage of the aptitude test, i.e. the 'Digital Preliminary Round', you must also already upload a link. You can find more information below at the section "Aptitude Test".

B) COMPLETION OF APPLICATION

_Proof of payment of the application fee (bank statement)

Aptitude test (two-stage procedure)

The aptitude test consists of a digital preliminary round, which is carried out electronically (1st stage of the selection process), and an on-site examination (2nd stage of the selection process). In order to successfully pass the aptitude test, all the requirements of the two stages listed below must be fulfilled. 

 

Digital preliminary round (1st round) 

 

For the digital preliminary round, applicants must submit a video electronically by the specified deadline. The video may not contain any cuts within a performance of the same work. 

 

 The instrument-specific requirements (duration, compulsory pieces, etc.) can be found on pages 11-17 of the examination regulations of the study course [in German only].

 

The selection criteria for digital preliminary round are as follows: 

 

1. Technical proficiency on the instrument

2. Musical expressiveness 

3. Stylistic command and variability 

 

The digital preliminary round will be assessed summarily as "passed" or "failed". Applicants who have passed will be invited in writing to the on-site aptitude test. 

 

On-site aptitude test (2nd round) 

 

The main round on-site consists of two parts. The practical exam in the artistic main subject consists of a recital of stylistically different works of the highest standard, see also pages 11-17 of the examination regulations of the study course [in German only].

 

Here you can find a non-binding English version of the relevant pages.

 

The selection criteria for the on-site round are as follows: 

1. Technical proficiency on the instrument

2. Musical expressiveness 

3. Stylistic command and variability 

4. Aesthetics and musical sensibility

5. Stage presence

  

The on-site test may be conducted electronically.

 

The basics of music theory must be demonstrated in a written test lasting approximately 55-60 minutes. The test consists of formalised tasks.

 

For a sample exam to practice for the music theory test, see:

 

Music Theory Aptitude Test

Examination regulations & module catalogues (in German only)


Enrolment FROM WS 2023/24 (all in German)
 

No. 458 | Examination regulations for the study course Instrumental training (Bachelor of Music) from 22.11.2023


_Strings / Wind / Percussion

Module catalogue

 

_Accordeon / Guitar / Piano / Organ

Module catalogue

 

_Historical Keyboard Instruments

Module catalogue
 

Enrolment FROM WS 2022/23 (all in German)
 

No. 410 | Examination regulations for the study course Instrumental training from 19.01.2022

 

_Strings / Wind / Percussion

Module catalogue

 

_Accordeon / Guitar / Piano / Organ

Module catalogue

 

_Historical Keyboard Instruments

Module catalogue

 

Enrolment FROM WiSe 2013/14 (all in German)
 

Nr. 191 | Examination regulations for the study course Instrumental training from 18.02.2014 | 06.03.2014


_Historical Keyboard Instruments

Module catalogue

Semester plan


_Accordeon / Guitar / Piano / Organ

Module catalogue

Semester plan


_Strings / Wind / Percussion

Module catalogue

Semester plan


Enrolment BEFORE WiSe 2013/14 (all in German)
 

Nr. 91 | Examination regulations for the study course Instrumental training from 13.09.2011

 

_Historical Keyboard Instruments

Module catalogue

Semester plan


_Accordeon / Guitar / Piano / Organ

Module catalogue

Semester plan

 

_Strings / Wind / Percussion

Module catalogue

Semester plan

 

Enrolment

Only after you have successfully applied for a study place is your last step in the application process enrolment. Enrolment takes place at the end of September for the start of studies in October and at the end of March for the start of studies in April. Please refer to your letter of admission for the exact period.

Further information on the procedure and documents can be found on the websites on enrolment.