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Music Education Bachelor of Arts

Application period and entrance requirements

Application period

15 March – 15 April for the winter semester


Entrance requirements

• General Higher Education Entrance Qualification
(Exception: not required if applicant can demonstrate outstanding musical talent)
• Musical talent
• Sufficient knowledge of German ( At the time of application: proof of linguistic ability equivalent to level B1,  and for matriculation: proof of linguistic ability equivalent to level C1)

Your application step by step

All steps mentioned in the following must be taken within the application deadline of the respective study program. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible within the application deadline so that you can clarify any questions that may arise with our StudyGuide in good time.

  1. Register and verify your identity (if you have not already done so in the past) in the Campusmanagement-Portal of the UdK Berlin:
  2. Log in to the Campus Management Portal ( and submit an application for admission to the desired degree program there within the application deadline and upload the following formal documents in a PDF file (max. 20 MB) to the application portal during the application process:

    Curriculum vitae in tabular form with detailed information about the previous course of study.
    ● uncertified photocopy of high school diploma ("Abitur"). If you are unable to provide a final certificate of your school education (e.g. high school diploma) at the time of application, please submit a copy of the last school report within the application deadlines. The high school diploma must be submitted at the latest for enrollment.
    Bank statement as proof of payment of the fee of € 30 for processing the application (in case of transfer from abroad proof of deposit) or sales view (in case of online banking). Other proofs/receipts (such as transfer orders) will not be accepted. (For more information, see 3.).
    International applicants must also provide proof of German language skills: for application, language certificate German B1 and for enrollment, language certificate German C1. More information can be found here.
    ● Transfer students must enclose proof of previous study and examination achievements. Further information can be found here

  3. Information on transferring the 30 €: please transfer the fee for participation in the admission procedure to the following account:
      Kasse der UdK Berlin
        Berlin Volksbank
        IBAN: DE 72 1009 0000 8841 0150 46
        Reason for payment: 35/01036, course of studies, name, application number

        Berliner Volksbank eG
        Budapester Street 35
        10787 Berlin

        For international bank transfers:
        Please make sure that you pay all applicable transfer fees (OUR - sender pays costs) when making the transfer.



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Entrance examinations

What happens after the application?

Generally these take place in mid-June/ mid-July. They are planned as presence examinations at the UdK Berlin. The admissions office will send out date and place of the exam 4 weeks before the exam date.
The examination consists of the following:

A. Examination in major subject
1. Instrumental pedagogy (Exam main instrument)

• Presentation of 3 pieces from different eras
• Sight-Reading of an easy piece
• Interview about pedagogical aspects and interpretation

The entrance exam for the main subject drums covers the
fields of classical drums and drum set.

2. Vocal pedagogy (Exam in the main subject vocals)

• Singing of at least three pieces from different eras, one
should be a Lied and one should be a part from an opera
or oratorio, one has to be in German
• Sight-singing of an easy piece
• A subject-specific interview

If applicable the admissions committee can ask for a voice
examination and/or a medical opinion about the physical
and vocal health of the applicant

3. Music and movement

• Exam main subject (instrument or vocals)
Presentation of 2 pieces of medium difficulty
• Main exam rhythmic
Group (90 min.) and individual exam (30 min.)
a) Music: presentation of one of the applicant’s own compositions over a certain theme (e.g. theme and variation, arrangement of a Lied); instrumental improvisation (tonal and freetonal); rhythms and metres;
singing of a Lied (e.g. children’s song, folk song, etc.)
b) Movement: presentation of a prepared movement with self-chosen music; improvisation with and without music; rhythmic tasks
c) Interaction: partner- and group-tasks
d) Teaching: animating and leading of a learning group (10 min.), the topic can be chosen by the applicant and may derive from the whole area of music and movement
e) Colloquium: discussing the motivation for choosing the programme; statement about specialist literature of the applicant’s own choice

B. Examination in piano as a subsidiary subject:

• Presentation of at least 2 prepared pieces
• Sight-playing
• Playing of cadences resp. improvisation

Examples of the level of difficulty for piano as a subsidiary subject:

J. S. Bach, Kleine Präludien, 2st. Inventionen
Sonatinen, z. B. Clementi op. 36
Schumann, Album für die Jugend (1. Teil)
Tschaikowski, Jugendalbum
Bartók, Für Kinder

The piano exam is also obligatory for applicants with the main subject guitar.

C. Examination in music theory:
• aural tests and harmony (Duration: approx. 1 hour)
• written test music theory (duration: approx. 1 hour):
identifying intervals, chords, basso continuo, basics of classic harmonics

Sample tests can be found here:

Recommendations for the degree of difficulty for the some of the main instruments:

• piano: e.g. Prelude and Fugue or Suite by Bach, a classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven), a romantic or a more contemporary work
• Organ: e.g. from the era before or of Bach (Prelude and Fugue), from the 19th and 20th century (Reger, Pepping among others)
• Harpsichord: e.g. English (Byrd, Bull); Italian (Frescobaldi, Scarlatti); suite or toccata by Bach
• Violin: e.g. a concert (Bach, Mozart), a Sonata, a Spielstück or an etude of greater difficulty
• Viola: z.B. ein Konzert, eine Sonate und ein Spielstück or an etude• Violoncello: e.g. a concert on the level of difficulty of a concert by Boccherini, Saint-Saens or Lalo, a sonata, another piece for example an etude by Duport or Popper
• Double bass: e.g. a concert or a sonata, an etude (Simhandl Nr.15-20)
• Guitar: e.g. a technically demanding Spielstück respectively etude (e.g. Sor-Etüde op. 29)
• Fluit: among others one concert (e.g. Stamitz, Haydn)
• Oboe: among others one concert (e.g. Haydn)
• Clarinet: among others one concert, a sonata movement (Sonatensatz) and a Spielstück or etude (e.g. Stamitz) that focuses on technique
• Bassoon: among others one concert, a sonata movement (Sonatensatz) and a Spielstück or etude
• French horn: one piece from the classical era (Haydn, Mozart) or one oft he two Richard Strauss concerts for French horn
• Trumpet: e.g. concert (Hummel) or sonata (Hindemith)
• Trombone: a concert with piano accompaniment, e.g. Sachse: Concertino B-Dur, Gräfe: Konzert B-Dur, Paudert: Arie - Andante, Allegro, Moderato
• Recorder: from the 18th or 20. century (concert, sonata, Spielstück)