Music

Jazz | Improvising Artist (Master of Music)

Basic info & Application

  • Faculty: 1
  • Degree: Master of Music (M.Mus.)
  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters full-time (part-time study is possible, depending on the major)
  • 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

Study options (Main subjects)

The following main subjects can be choosen:

 

_Jazz voice
_Jazz electric bass
_Jazz guitar
_Jazz piano
_Jazz double bass
_Jazz trombone
_Jazz saxophone
_Jazz drums/percussion
_Jazz trumpet
_Jazz violin
_Accordion
_Bassoon
_Harp
_Horn
_Oboe
_Recorder
_Transverse flute
_Tuba
_Viola
_Violin
_Violoncello
_Vibraphone
_Euphonium
_Harmonica
_Clarinet
_Bass clarinet

Admission requirements

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

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 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:

A. YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS

 

_Curriculum Vitae 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

 

B. YOUR STUDY WISH

 

_Documents and references that will offer additional information about your university studies and other musical activities (only as a PDF document with a maximum size of 2MB; sound carriers and sound samples can be brought along to the aptitude test)


C. COMPLETION OF THE APPLICATION

 

_Proof of payment of the application fee (bank statement)

Aptitude test

The aptitude test is usually held in the first weeks of May for the winter semester and in late January for the summer semester. Please note that you must attend in person.

 

Applicants to the master’s course "Jazz | Improvising Artist" prepare three pieces of their own choice. If these are less familiar pieces from the jazz repertoire that perhaps cannot be played ad hoc by the rhythm section provided, it is appropriate to bring your own accompanying musicians.

 

Candidates may bring further evidence (e.g. CDs/DVDs; no USB sticks!) which provide information about their university studies and other musical activities and which cannot be submitted via the online application portal.

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.