Music Theory Bachelor of Music

Entrance Requirements

Applicants who wish to enrol at the University of Music and Theatre have to provide proof of entitlement (normally: “Abitur” – general/specialized higher education entrance qualification or foreign equivalent). As an exception for music studies and on request, this document might be complemented or replaced by a certificate verifying the passed entrance examination to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock. Applicants also need to have completed their compulsory education or will presumably have done so before they start their studies.

Programme Details

The Artistic Modules (“Künstlerisches Kernmodul” and “Obligatorische Vertiefung Kernmodul”, semesters 1 – 8) provide the core of the Bachelor’s course. Here, the main subjects tone setting and ear training are connected with repertoire analysis. For these fields of study, introductory courses are offered that take students’ different levels of knowledge at the beginning of their studies into consideration. The Artistic Modules also comprises instrumentation, and during the second half of the study, music philosophy/music aesthetics.

The main instrumental or vocal subject forms the centre of the module Vocal and instrumental Practice (“Vokale und instrumentale Praxis”, semesters 1 – 4). Students also develop competence in score and continuo playing, sight-reading, piano improvisation, and choir singing – disciplines that are closely linked to the main subjects.

Theory and History (“Theorie und Geschichte”, semesters 1 – 4) is a basic module during which students learn to approach music as a whole from the perspective of a music theoretician. The module Music Education (“Musikpädagogik”, semesters 1 – 2) comprises lectures providing basic pedagogical knowledge and the Didactics Module (“Obligatorisches Vertiefungsmodul Didaktik”, semesters 5 – 8) builds on it. During the latter, practical school work with learners becomes part of the study. Students might further develop their pedagogical skills by choosing an optional pedagogical module (such as Elementary Music Education “Elementare Musikpädagogik”, semesters 5 – 6).

Beside the pedagogical area, there are several other optional modules that can be chosen from a module catalogue in order to either aim towards the refinement of artistic skills (for instance Chamber Music) or a specialisation (for instance Ensemble Leading). One optional module has to be completed.

Official Lenghth of Programme

Four years, 240 ECTS-credits.

Skills and Qualifications Profile of the Graduate

The course provides a basis for the professional work as a music theory teacher at music schools and universities or as a freelancer. Those students who stand out through artistic excellence might either pursue their studies and apply for a Master’s course or start their career immediately.

After 8 semesters, career opportunities can usually be discussed with the principal instructor who will give appropriate advice. The Master’s course in Music Theory with the main focus on Contemporary Music provides an interesting option for those graduates who wish to enhance their studies.

Aptitude test requirements

Applicants for the Bachelor’s course in music theory are required to

  1. sit a three-hour examination comprising:
    a) Two-voice counterpoint in a uniform style
    b) Four-voice song setting in a uniform style
    c) Analysis of given musical excerpts, including a piece of contemporary music composed after 1950
  2. sit a practical/oral music theory examination comprising:
    d) Unprepared analysis of several musical excerpts
    e) Performance of a cadenza at sight following a prescribed form
    f)  Performance of a modulatory task with prior oral explanation of the path taken
    g) Performance of a given figured bass
  3. sit a 90-minute aural training examination comprising:
    h) Taking dictation of a single melodic line
    i) Taking dictation of a polyphonic work for three voices
    j) Taking dictation of a homophonic work for four voices
  4. sit a 30-minute oral/practical aural training examination comprising:
    l) Recognition and singing of intervals and chords
    m) Sight-singing
    n) Tapping rhythms
    o) Listening to a cadenza sequence
  5. demonstrate elementary knowledge and skills in the chosen main instrumental (or vocal) subject in a 10-minute practical examination by performing two easy works from different eras.

Parts e) to g) will be examined at the piano.

Application deadline for aptitude test


May 1 for courses starting in the winter semester.
December 1 for courses starting in the summer semester.


Course director

Prof. Dr. Jan Philipp Sprick

Language requirements

Foreign students whose native language is not German must provide evidence that their knowledge of German is sufficient for their chosen course.
For the Bachelor’s degree (Music Theory), students are required to have reached level C1 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Applicants’ linguistic competence will be established during the aptitude test.
You will find further information in the Aptitude Test Regulations and Matriculation Regulations of Rostock University of Music and Drama.

A fee of 30 Euro will be charged for processing your application for admission. This must be transferred to hmt when you submit your application documents.

Any other questions?

We will be happy to give you personal advice!

Frau Hanka Paschedag
Studienbüro Musik
fon +49 381 5108 222
fax +49 381 5108 201

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