Pop and world music with classical music (piano, guitar, bass, saxophone, drums, voice)

Course profile

The “Pop and World Music with Classic” course is available in two forms:

  • vocal course for singers
  • an instrumental course for guitarists, bass players, pianists, saxophonists and percussionists.

What makes this course at hmt Rostock so special is that the main subject focuses not only on pop styles, but is almost equally weighted towards classical music! This makes the course the only one of its kind in Germany.

  • Official length of the programme: four years, 240 ECTS-credits
  • Start of the course: summer semester as well as winter 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
  • Language: The knowledge of German is essential for the course. Please check the level of linguistic ability required for your course.
  • Teaching stuff pop- and world music
Is this course right for you?

You are keen to make music your career.
Perhaps you’re not yet sure what style you prefer… focusing solely on “classical” music might be too monotonous, concentrating on pop, rock, jazz or other styles might be too superficial…so you are looking for a course which combines a lot of different things.
Or, after many years spent playing in various bands, you may suddenly find that studying classical music would open up a whole new horizon!

You have already…

... undergone a lengthy period of musical training in guitar, piano, bass, saxophone, percussion or singing, for example in the classical style, and have also gained experience in the pop, rock or jazz genres.
Or was it the other way round…? No matter!

You would like to…

... … explore and improve your vocal or instrumental skills – in any style.
You would also like to improve your knowledge of music, music history, instruments etc. and acquire the necessary theoretical basis.

What’s more…

... … you want to work creatively as a musician, compose your own music…
… and of course keep with the times by using computer sequencing and music printing programs, compile your own playbacks, gain your first studio experience by recording your own songs…

You could also imagine…

... … working as a music teacher, and are therefore looking for an excellent course of training.
You want to teach your future pupils a repertoire encompassing all kinds of music from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Billy Joel, from George Frideric Handel to Ivan Lins or from Cole Porter to Yousson N'Dour, to name just a few examples.

We want…

…to encourage everyone who wants to undergo an extensive course of study in “Pop and World Music” and expand their musical horizons by undergoing a course of classical training to apply to hmt Rostock.

Career perspectives

This course will open up additional career opportunities on the freelance market, because you will be able to do justice to many different musical genres, giving you a versatility which will put you in great demand.
Most graduates also work as music teachers; the solid educational foundation we offer is excellent preparation for this type of work.

Requirements for the aptitude test

Applicants will be examined in their main subject, i.e. in pop and classical music; the aptitude test will also evaluate their knowledge of music theory and aural training. They must also give a short performance at the piano, even if they are not primarily pianists.

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

We have altered our conditions for the Summer semester 2021 aptitude test due to the current COVID-19 crisis. 

In order to take part in the aptitude test, you need to submit video recordings

Major Pop
An uncut video with three short works (or parts thereof) with a maximum length of 2-3 minutes each from works of different styles and characters with a medium level of difficulty.

Major Classical music
An uncut video with three short works (or parts thereof) with a maximum length of 2-3 minutes each from works of different epochs and of different character with a medium level of difficulty.

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 facing the camera; piano players should be seen from the side.

You will receive further information how and where to upload the videos till 11.12.2020. All videos have to be uploaded till 18.12.2020! 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 11.01.2021 

The second round of the aptitude test will take place between 01.02.2021 and 05.02.2021 at the hmt, provided that the COVID-19 situation next year permits it (alternatively via Zoom meeting). 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. Benjamin Köthe, Head of Pop-/World Music

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Concerts of our Students

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Please find more live recordings on our hmt-YouTube-Chanal.