Bachelor of Music Guitar

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.

Course Profile

  • Official Length of the programme: four years, 240 ECTS-credits
  • Start of the course: winter semester as well as summer semester
  • Application period: 1 October to 15 November for the summer semester. 1 March to 15 April for the winter semester.
  • University Degree: Bachelor of Music
  • Teaching stuff

Programme Details

The Major Specialism module (“Künstlerisches Kernmodul”, semesters 1 – 4) and the follow-up module (“Obligatorische Vertiefung Kernmodul”, semesters 5 – 8) provide the core of the Bachelor’s course. According to the requirements of the professional market, a second study is a mandatory part of the curriculum. Students can choose between the electrical guitar and the lute.

Music Comprehension I, II, and III (“Musikerschließung I, II, und III”, semesters 1 – 6) are basic modules during which students learn to approach music as a whole. The module Music Education (“Musikpädagogik”, semesters 1 – 2) comprises lectures providing basic pedagogical knowledge and the Teaching module (“Obligatorisches Vertiefungsmodul Didaktik”, semesters 5 – 8) builds on it. During the latter, practical school work with learners becomes part of the study. Those students who wish to work as teachers at music schools after graduating can further develop their pedagogical skills by choosing an optional pedagogical module (i.e. 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, Jazz Stylistics) or a specialisation (for instance Contemporary Music, Leading of Ensemble). One optional module has to be completed.

The advanced study modules in semesters 5 – 8 allow students to expand the knowledge they acquired during the first study period and develop a solid competence. That means with regard to the major: Students expand and consolidate interpretation skills. The knowledge of musical literature is further backed through the ensemble lectures (Chamber Music, Band/Early Music Ensemble).

Career perspectives

The course prepares especially for the professional work as a guitar teacher at a music school or as a freelanced teacher, but it also provides a solid basis for an artistic career. Accordingly, the Master’s courses in Music Education and Guitar Playing (Solo Training) provide interesting options for those graduates who wish to enhance their studies.

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 (Strings), students are required to have reached level B2 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.

Requirements for the aptitude test for the summer semester 2022

Please apply via our application website by uploading the required documents and application video by 15th of November 2021.
In order to take part in the aptitude test part 1, you need to submit your application as well as one or several videos according to the regulations of the study course you are applying for.

In order to take part in the aptitude test, you need to submit one single application video recording comprising at least 3 works from the following style eras:

  • Baroque
  • Classical/Romantic period
  • a piece that was composed after 1950

Total playing time of the video: 15 minutes max.

It is possible:

  • to play parts of movements/works,
  • to play one half of a sonata form,
  • to play the theme and a slow and a fast variation out of variation works,
  • to introduce, but not finish both parts of, for instance, two-part Bach Preludes 

Each video has to start with a short introduction (your name, your application number, the title of the piece you are about to present). The video has to be filmed in one take and live, which means the material must not be cut or post-edited. There is no need for professional video production. Videos taken with your mobile phone are absolutely fine. However, you should be clearly visible and audible whilst playing your instrument. The video should be framed to show the whole person; piano.

You will receive an e-mail with the results of part 1 of the aptitude test by mid-December. If you have passed part 1 of the aptitude test, you will be invited to part 2 which will take place from 10.01.2022 – 14.01.2022

Requirements for the aptitude test part 2:

  • Please perform the same pieces again that you have applied with in part 1.

You will also have to take tests in your respective compulsory subjects (music theory and ear training). Additionally, foreign students have to pass a German proficiency test.

We look forward to your application.


Click here for the ONLINE APPLICATION and the dates of the APTITUDE TEST.

A fee of 50 Euro is charged for processing your application for admission. Please transfer this amount when you submit your application.

We will gladly advise you personally!

Mrs Hanka Paschedag
Study Office for Music
fon +49 381 5108 222
fax +49 381 5108 201

Prof. Dr. Thomas Offermann, Head of Guitar

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