Harp 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.

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 modules (“Künstlerisches Kernmodul” and “Obligatorische Vertiefung Kernmodul”, semesters 1 – 8) provide the core of the Bachelor’s course. Students develop their individual playing techniques and acquaint themselves with the musical literature concerning the harp.

Music Comprehension I, II, and III (“Musikerschließung I, II, 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 – 6) 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 (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 Early Music, Leading of Ensembles). 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 their interpretation skills. The knowledge of musical literature is further backed through the Ensemble modules (semesters 1 – 8, comprising Orchestra Playing, Orchestral Part Studies and Chamber Music).

Career perspectives

The course provides a basis for professional work in orchestras or ensembles. Some graduates will also teach at music schools. Those students who stand out through artistic excellence or wish to develop their pedagogical skills, might either pursue their studies and apply for a Master’s course (and maybe also qualify for the 3rd artistic cycle, “Konzertexamen”) or start their career immediately.

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 (only in German) of Rostock University of Music and Drama.

Aptitude test requirements for the winter semester 2021/22- new regulations for the period of the Corona pandemic

We have altered our conditions for the aptitude test due to the current COVID-19 crisis. 

In order to take part in the aptitude test, you need to submit a single application video comprising 2 or 3 works/work parts differing in characters and stylistic eras with a medium level of difficulty. 

List of representative works

G. Fr. Händel: Passacaglia or theme with variations

J. Parry: Sonata D-Dur

J. L. Dussek: Sonata C-Moll

F. A. Rösler-Rosetti: Sonata

C. Saint-Saëns: Fantasie

G. Pierne: Impromptu

M. Tournier: Concert Etude

S. Natra: Sonatine or Prayer

D. Watkins: Movements from the Suites

H. Holliger: Sequences

P. Tschaikowski: Cadence from „The Nutcracker“ oder „Swan Lake“

B. Smetana: Vysherad Kadenz


Total playing time of the video: 12-15 min


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.

You will receive further information how and where to upload the videos till 17.05.2021. All videos have to be uploaded till 27.05.2021! So please prepare your video material already now!

If the board of examiners decides that your application should advance to the next round, you will be invited till 15.06.2021.

You will also have to take tests in your respective compulsory subjects (music theory and ear training, piano). 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. Andreas Wehrenfennig, Head of Harp

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