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Application & Requirements Bachelor Vocal Performance

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:
Artistic Presentation (approx. 15-20 minutes)

  • Proof of vocal-technical, rhythmic, melodic and harmonic abilities and knowledge (e.g. II-V-I, Rhythm Changes, Blues)
  • Performance of at least two stylistically different pieces from the field of Jazz/Rock/Pop with improvisation. The main focus of the examination is on jazz stylistics.
  • Performance of a self-made solo transcription (sung to the original recording).

Write down the improvisation (not a theme variation, but an improvisation) of a jazz musician (instrumentalist or singer) and sing along to the original recording in the entrance examination. Triple copies of the self-created transcription must be submitted to the jury.

  • If possible an own composition or independent arrangement of a piece of your choice
  • Performance of a lyric or prose text or a small drama study
  • Performance of an art or folk song (a cappella, preferably in the mother tongue)

The current examination programme must be submitted to the examination board in written form.
The examination programme is accompanied by répétitors or a rhythm section of the college (Sheet music must be brought along) or a proper ensemble. The prepared titles can also be accompanied by the interpreter (guitar or piano).
In parallel to good musical and vocal-technical background, a genre-specific feeling and flexibility in ensemble playing are also 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

 

Main Subject
The main subject includes the following subjects:

  • Rhythm (microtiming, phrasing, articulation, offbeat/onbeat, passing, metric/free design)
  • Melodic/Harmonic (Jazz specific harmonics, vertical or horizontal improvisation, guide-ton method, singing out changes, melodic embellishment, chord progressions, scales, permutations)
  • Sound (perception of one's own vocal sound, timbres, scat singing, free improvisation, instrumental singing, ranting/poetry)
  • Correpetition
  • Dramatic Lessons
  • Specialist stage dance
  • Compositional singing
  • Vocal Improvisation

On the basis of jazz stylistics, space is given to the individual development in different styles.

It is possible to take advantage of extended courses, e.g. in music pedagogy, methodology and teaching practice, instrumental second subject, voice physiology.

Practical relevance of the course of studies is guaranteed by:

  • Vocal Nights (monthly concerts at Jazzclub Neue Tonne)
  • Music sessions
  • Podiums - both within the college as well as
  • Concerts – public

The study programme is accompanied by workshops, which are conducted by guest lecturers of the respective genre.

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