Instrumental Training (Master of Music) - former M.Mus. Professional Perfomance

Basic info & Application

  • Faculty: 1
  • Degree: Master of Music (M.Mus.)
  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters full-time (part-time study is possible)
  • Workload: 120 ECTS Credits
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Provider: Folkwang University of the Arts
  • Programme start: Each winter semester in October and each summer semester in April




_Basso continuo
_Double bass


Please note: Prospective students for a master’s course with a major in early music, contemporary music, chamber music, vocal duo for pianists or instrumental duo with pianists should apply for the M.Mus. Instrumental Specialisation (formerly called Instrumental Training)

Note: Suspended study options

For the instruments Recorder and Organ there are currently no free capacities and therefore no applications are possible.

Admission requirements

_Evidence of a first university degree in the field of music. 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

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).


_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.


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 November (for the following summer semester) or on 15 March (for the following winter semester). The portal is open for applications from 1 October to 15 November and from 15 January to 15 March

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



_Curriculum Vitae in tabular form (desired)

_Passport photograph (optional)


_School-leaving certificate from the last school attended


_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:


_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".



_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), and an on-site examination (2nd stage).


The instrument-specific requirements can be found in § 4 and in the appendix to the examination regulations:

Examination regulations for M.Mus. Instrumental Training from 13.12.2023 (in german)


The first stage is conducted digitally; applicants are required to submit (a link to) a video recording electronically by the specified deadline. Details on how to submit the video recording can be found on our website 'Digital Preliminary Round'.


The deadline for submission is the same as the application deadline. The recording should be no older than 6 months - and for flute, no older than 3 months. If the digital preliminary round of the test is passed, applicants will receive an invitation to the on-site aptitude test. The on-site test consists of a recital of stylistically different works of the highest standard.


The assessment criteria for the first stage are:


_Technical proficiency on the instrument

_Musical expressiveness 

_Stylistic command and variability 


The assessment criteria for the second level are:


_Technical proficiency on the instrument

_Musical expressiveness 

_Stylistic command and variability 

_Aesthetics and musical sensibility

_Stage presence


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.