Academic Studies

Music Pedagogy (Bachelor of Music)

Basic info & Application

  • Faculty: 2
  • Degree: Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)
  • Standard period of study: 8 semesters (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 - currently in german only

Bei der Bewerbung sind folgende künstlerischen Hauptfächer wählbar:


_klassischer Gesang



_Klavier/Klavier Impr.
_Viola da Gamba


Während des Studiums kann für das 3. und 4. Studienjahr anstelle der künstlerisch-stilistischen Erweiterung bei der intensiven Auseinandersetzung mit dem künstlerischen Hauptfach (Instrument oder Gesang) auf Antrag einer der fünf Schwerpunkte gewählt werden, der auf eine weitere Qualifikation zielt:


_Künstlerisch-stilistische Erweiterung – mit zweitem Hauptfach

_Elementare Musikpädagogik

_Musiktheorie / Kompositionspädagogik


_Leitung großer Instrumentalensembles

Admission requirements

_Evidence of qualification for entry (general university entrance certificate; official database on the equivalence of international educational achievements:

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

_Evidence of artistic aptitude or outstanding artistic talent respectively by passing the aptitude test

Language requirements

_Applicants have to verify proof of language level B2 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 March (for the following winter semester). The portal is open for applications 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:

_If you do not bring your own répétiteur to the qualifying examination, piano sheet music for the Folkwang répétiteur.


_Proof of payment of the application fee (bank statement)

Aptitude test

The aptitude test for the study course Music Pedagogy 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:

_An examination of your artistic aptitude (for the main subject and subsidiary subject)
_An examination of your pedagogical aptitude
_An examination on the ability to direct music-making groups
_A test on basic subjects of music theory


The exact aptitude test requirements are based on your desired major. Detailed information can be found in § 3, section 3ff of the examination regulations (in German)

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


Aptitude test music theory


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.