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:


_Baroque cello
_Baroque oboe
_Baroque violin
_Double bass
_Baroque flute/Traverso
_Viola da gamba


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

Note: Suspended study options

For the following instruments there are currently no free capacities and therefore no applications are possible: AccordionRecorder, Baroque flute/Traverso, Viola

Admission requirements

_Evidence of qualification for entry (general university entrance certificate). Official database on the equivalence of international educational achievements:


_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. 323 §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).


_For questions regarding language certificates, please contact Stefanie Melters (melters(at)


_50 € application feeFor 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.


_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.

Application documents

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).


For the study course “Instrumental Training (B.Mus.)” you will need the following documents:

_Application to participate in the qualifying examination (For applications to start in the winter semester the form is open from 15. January to the deadline on 15. March.)



_One passport photograph (3.5 x 4.5 cm)

_Leaving certificate (simple copy) of last attended school

_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:

Aptitude test for winter semester 2021/2022: Two-stage procedure (Corona-modification) [currently in German only]

Gemäß § 4 Absatz 1 der Ordnung über die vom Rektorat getroffenen Ausnahmeregelungen in Umsetzung der Corona-Epidemie-Hochschulverordnung (Amtliche Mitteilung Nr. 369) hat das Rektorat der Folkwang Universität der Künste auf Vorschlag des Fachbereichs 1 am 16.12.2020 folgende Änderungen für die Durchführung des Eignungsprüfungsverfahrens in den Studiengängen des Fachbereich 1 beschlossen:


In Ergänzung zu den Regelungen der Rahmenordnung zur Feststellung der künstlerischen oder studiengangsspezifischen Eignung und der besonderen künstlerischen Begabung vom 06.06.2018 in Verbindung mit § 3 der Prüfungsordnung für den Studiengang Bachelor of Music Instrumentalausbildung (B.Mus.) vom 18.02.2014 findet das Eignungsprüfungsverfahren für die Zulassung zum Studium im Wintersemester 2021/2022 für alle Instrumente außer denen der ‚Alten Musik‘ als zweistufiges Verfahren statt.


Bei allen Instrumenten außer Cembalo, Barockvioline, Barockcello und Traversflöte findet die Eignungsprüfung als zweistufiges Verfahren statt und setzt sich zusammen aus einer ‚Vorrunde‘ und einer ‚Hauptrunde‘.


Die erste Stufe wird digital durchgeführt und besteht in dem fristgerechten Einreichen einer Videoaufnahme auf elektronischem Weg (Videolink). Allgemeine Hinweise zum Einreichen eines Link zur 'digitalen Vorrunde' finden Sie hier. Die Frist zur Einreichung entspricht der Bewerbungsfrist. Die Aufnahme sollte grundsätzlich nicht älter als 6 Monate sein – und bei Querflöte nicht älter als 3 Monate. Aufgrund der momentanen Situation kann die Aufnahme auch solo (ohne Begleitung) aufgenommen werden. Die Sätze/ Stücke können getrennt aufgenommen werden, dürfen aber nicht bearbeitet oder geschnitten werden.


Wird die digitale ‚Vorrunde‘ des Prüfungsverfahrens bestanden, erfolgt eine Einladung zur ‚Hauptrunde‘. Je nach Instrument wird diese in Präsenz oder in digitaler Kommunikation durchgeführt. Der Allgemeine Musiktheorietest entfällt. (Änderung vom 05.05.2021)


Die Anforderungen, Art der der Durchführung und die Bewertungskriterien beider Stufen finden Sie hier:


Anforderungen Eignungsprüfung FB1 Bachelor (PDF) - Stand 05.05.2021


HINWEIS: Die Eignungsprüfung für die Instrumente Cembalo, Barockvioline, Barockcello und Traversflöte findet unverändert und in Präsenz statt.

Regular 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.


Please see the note: "Two-stage aptitude test procedure for the winter semester 2021/22" regarding Corona-related adjustments to the aptitude test procedure.

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 (Please note that the requirements may change for future aptitude tests.):


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

Examination regulations & module catalogues (in German only)

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


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 and information on the procedure.


You must provide the following document for enrolment:


_completed application for enrolment AND Folkwang Card (you received both applications together with your certificate of admission)

_Evidence of a German health insurance OR an exemption from the compulsory health insurance (i.e. recognition of your foreign health insurance by a statutory health insurance in Germany – refer to information provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in this regard)

_The original OR certified copy of the general university entrance qualification certificate (a certified German translation is essential for such certificates acquired abroad)

_If not already provided during the application procedure: Language qualification for the language entrance level required in the study course (only required if you did not acquire your university entrance qualification in Germany). The table provides you with an initial overview of all language requirements. Further information on language qualifications at Folkwang is available on the 'German as a foreign language (GFL)' page.

_Evidence of payment of the semester contribution