Bachelor's Course Piano

Entrance Requirements

Applicants who wish to enrol at the University of Music and Drama 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
  • Teachers

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 main subject is for instance connected with the so called Open Class in which students have the opportunity to take lessons from other teachers of the department to experience new facets of the artistic expression. Being instructed by more than one piano teacher is not restricted to the Open Class but is the department’s philosophy in general. 

Ensemble skills are acquired in Lieder Interpretation and chamber music courses. As a specialty, students may choose piano duo as their chamber music subject.

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). 

Apart from the mentioned modules, there are several others that can be chosen from a module catalogue that either aim towards the refinement of artistic skills (for instance Lieder Interpretation, Chamber Music, Piano Duo) or a specialisation (for instance Contemporary 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 main instrumental subject: Students expand and consolidate their pianistic and interpretation skills.

Career perspectives

The course provides students with skills that enable them to choose every possible occupation as a pianist. According to experience, the majority of the graduates will follow a patchwork career, whereas teaching usually plays an important role and goes in combination with playing concerts as a soloist or with an orchestra, as a chamber musician, lieder interpreter or répétiteur at opera houses or universities.

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 (Piano), 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

Please apply via our application website by uploading the required documents and application video by 15th of April for the next winter semester and 15th of November for the next summer semester.
In order to take part in the aptitude test part 1, you need to submit your application as well as one video.

Please submit one single video recording (one take, uncut, no post-editing) comprising

  • a polyphonic work of the Baroque era
  • a classical work
  • a freely-chosen work

Single movements are also possible, but they have to be played in full. The video shall comprise a programme with a minimum duration of 20 minutes.

Examples of works

  • J. S. Bach, Aus dem Wohltemperierten Klavier, Präludien und Fugen
  • L. van Beethoven, Sonate f-Moll op.2 Nr. 1
  • W. A. Mozart,  Sonate D-Dur KV 311
  • J. Haydn, f-Moll Variationen
  • R. Schumann, Papillons op.2, Abegg Variationen op.1
  • J. Brahms, Klavierstücke op. 118
  • F. Chopin, Ballade F-Dur op.38
  • M. Ravel, Sonatine
  • A. Webern, Variationen op.27
  • H. Lachenmann, Schubert-Variationen 1956
  • D. Schostakowitsch, Präludien und Fugen

Solo works must usually be performed from memory. Exceptions must be agreed with the examination board.

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 or singing. The video should be framed to show the whole person; piano players should be seen from the side.

You will receive an e-mail with the results of part 1 of the aptitude test. If you have passed part 1 of the aptitude test, you will be invited to part 2 which will take place in June for the winter semester and in January for the summer semester. The exact dates will be published under apply for studies.

Requirements for the aptitude test part 2:

  • Three or four works of different characters and eras. You are allowed to perform the same pieces again that you have applied with in part 1. The following are compulsory: one Baroque work and one work from the Viennese Classical period.

The candidate is free to choose the first piece.
Duration of prepared programme: at least 30 minutes

In the second round, we will also examine the compulsory subject (Music theory) and your language skills.


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 Dörtje Peters
Study Office for Music
fon +49 381 5108 220
fax +49 381 5108 201

Prof. Bernd Zack, Head of Piano

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