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.

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 1 December for the summer semester. 1 March to 1 May for the winter semester.
  • University Degree: Bachelor of Music
  • Teaching stuff of the music thoery department

Programme Details

The Major Specialism modules (“Künstlerisches Kernmodul” and “Obligatorische Vertiefung Kernmodul”, semesters 1 – 8) provide the core of the Bachelor’s course. Here, the majors Music Theory, Ear Training and Ear Training Analysis are connected with Music 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 Major Specialism modules also comprise instrumentation, and during the second half of the study, Musicology, Composition as well as Music Theory Jazz, Rock, Pop.

The instrumental or vocal major forms the centre of the modules Vocal and Instrumental Practice I+II (“Vokale und instrumentale Praxis I+II”, semesters 1 – 8). Students also develop competence in Score and Basso Continuo Playing, Piano Improvisation, and Choir Singing – disciplines that are closely linked to the majors. 

Theory and History I+II (“Theorie und Geschichte I+II”, semesters 1 – 8) are basic modules 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 Teaching 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 Leading of Ensembles). One optional module has to be completed.


Career perspectives

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.

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 equirements for the summer semester 2021 - new regulation for the period of the Corona pandemic


The aptitude test will take place on February 4th, 2021 as a face-to-face test.

Applicants for the Bachelor's degree in Music Theory must:

  1. write a three-hour exam with the following contents:
    a) two-part counterpoint in a unified style,
    b) a four-part composition in a unified style,
    c) analysis of given literature excerpts, including an excerpt from music after 1950,
  2. complete an oral-practical examination with the following contents:
    d) unprepared analysis of several available literature excerpts,
    e) cadence play prima vista according to function template,
    f) playing a given modulation task with a previous verbal explanation of the modulation path,
    g) play of a given quantified bass,
  3. write a 90-minute exam with the following contents:
    h) unanimous dictation,
    i) three-part polyphonic dictation,
    j) four-part homophonic dictation,
  4. in a 30-minute oral-practical examination
    k) recognize and sing intervals and chords,
    l) sight-singing,
    m) tapping rhythm,
    n) hear the course of the cadence,
  5. prove elementary knowledge in a 10-minute practical examination in the chosen instrumental or vocal major by presenting two works from different stylistic periods with a low level of difficulty.

The test sections e) to g) are tested on the piano.

There is also a language test for foreign applicants.

We look forward to receiving your application!


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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. Peter Manfred Wolf, Head of Music Theory

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