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Application & Requirements Bachelor Acoustic Guitar

Entrance Examination

Admission Requirement:
University entrance qualification (equivalent to the „Abitur“ in Germany)

 

Language requirements:

For enrolment: language certificate at least level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

  • Certificate of the Goethe-Institute B1 or
  • European Certificate B1 or
  • UniCert I or
  • a comparable language certificate

The study programme can be taken up for a limited period of time for one semester if the required language certificate is not available until matriculation. The first semester must be used for learning the German language. The college offers its own language courses for a fee. In order to be able to continue the studies, language skills must be demonstrated at the required level at the end of the first semester.

Main subject:

  • Concert music with folkloristic influences (e.g. Piazolla, Bellinati, Lauro, Dyens, Domeniconi)
  • Concert music with jazz influences (e.g. Dyens, Bogdanovic)
  • Original pieces and arrangements of music from different cultures (e.g Tango/Milonga, Samba/Choro, Flamenco, Bluegrass/Folk) or from the field of Jazz

All of this to prove technical, rhythmic, melodic and harmonic abilities and experience.

  • If possible original/selfmade compositions, arrangements, transcriptions or improvisations as part of the program (creative approach)
  • Elementary sight-reading

The performance duration is approx. 15-20 minutes

    The examination program has to be provided in written form.
    Accompaniment can be provided via a rhythm section of the Hochschule (dr, b, p or g; sheet material has to be brought) or your own formation.
    Besides a good musical and instrumental educational background, genre-specific feeling as well as flexibility when playing with the ensemble is expected.

    Piano:

    Artistic presentation (10 minutes) of two to three easy pieces, at least two of them of different styles and including performance of a self chosen jazz standard as leadsheet. Major and minor chords and scales.

     

    Music Theory/Aural Training
    Written Test

    • General Music Theory
    • Basic knowledge of modal and functional analysis, jazz-specific chord symbols and phrases, also in staff notation
    • Aural Traning: Listening test with intervals, scales, jazz chords, melodies and rythms

    The applicant can be subjected to a short oral exam (ca. 5 minutes) regarding the above mentioned questions, if the tester deems this necessary. The exam might also include singing sight-reading.

    You can download a short sample test for self-review:

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    Course of Studies

    Duration:

    8 Semester

     

    Philosophy

    Promoting individual strengths and interests and targeted work on weaknesses, motivating creativity, supporting one's own projects and developing one's own musical "language" on the basis of broad fundamental knowledge and skills. 

    Main subject

    • European concert music for guitar/lute/vihuela and common transmissions of all epochs; traditional folk music and music of different cultures of the world, mainly North and South America, Europe, Arabic and Indian area, influenced by this music
    • Training of skills in arranging, improvising, composing, transcribing
    • Guitar as an accompanying instrument as an essential focus
    • School of practicing and learning, teaching solutions instead of solutions
    • Traditional as well as unconventional playing techniques and tone setting
    • Practice-oriented training with promotion/management information
    • General mentorship

    Entrance Examination

    Admission Requirement:
    University entrance qualification (equivalent to the „Abitur“ in Germany)

     

    Language requirements:

    For enrolment: Proof of German language skills according to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The following language certificates are accepted:

    • TestDaF Level 3 (Test German as a Foreign Language, level 3) or
    • DSH-1 (German language examination for university entrance, level 1) or
    • European Certificate B2 or
    • UniCert II or
    • a comparable language certificate

    The study programme can be taken up for a limited period of one semester if the required language certificate is not available until enrolment. The first semester must be used for learning the German language. The college offers its own language courses for a fee. In order to be able to continue the studies, language skills must be demonstrated at the required level at the end of the first semester.

    Aptitude Interview:
    An interview of circa 10 to 15 minutes regarding the motivation for studying music pedagogy. The participants should reflect their existing epxirience in pedagogical situations (mainly from a student perspective) and develop an idea about successful student-teacher relationships. Based on the applicatants own musical training, questions about the job profile are to be discussed.

     Requirements of the Entrance Examination:
    The same admission requirements apply as for Jazz/Rock/Pop (artistically), since the two courses of study are conducted in parallel in the first four semesters.

    Course of Studies

    Duration:

    8 Semester

     

    Main Artistic Subject

    • Individual training for the main artistic subject
    • General instrumental didactics and methodology
    • Practical teaching and and observation (music school internship)

    Specialization Modules

    • Elementary music theroy
    • Instrumental ensemble coaching
    • Vocal ensemble coaching
    • Rhythmics/ Elementary Music Pedagogy

    Minor Subjects

    • Regular workshops
    • Physiological and psychological basics of music-making and practicing
    • Career starting support (music copyright, contract law)
    • Music theory, music science and aural training
    • Participation in the orchestra and choir of the university, as well as other ensembles