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Application & Requirements Master New Music


Course of Studies

The international Master in New Music of the Universities of Bern, Dresden and Salzburg is a consecutive Master with a special artistic profile geared towards contemporary performance practice. It has an attractive feature in that it is held in cooperation with the Hochschulen in Bern (Hochschule der Künste) and Salzburg (Universität Mozarteum) - which gives all students the opportunity to spend one year of the four-semester course in these other cities.


Entrance Examination

It is required to have an initial job-qualifying certificate (bachelor, diploma, magister or state examination) with an instrumental or vocal focus. Additionaly, musical aptitude is tested according to the entrance examination regulations of the Music University Carl Maria von Weber Dresden.


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 following language certificates are accepted:

  • TestDaF
  • TELC
  • Goethe certificate
  • UNI Cert
  • ÖSD certificate

In addition, language certificates according to the European Framework of Reference are also accepted by language schools that have recognized quality management certificates.
A list of recognized language schools can be found here
A list of recognized quality certificates for language courses can be found here

Students at the HfM Dresden who have received admission subject to proof of German language skills can take part in the language course offered at the HfM Dresden. Studies can only be continued in the second semester if the German exam at the HfM Dresden has been passed at the required level or, alternatively, a language certificate has been submitted according to the criteria listed above.


Video preselection:

A video file must be uploaded with the application documents. The video must be designed as follows:

  • 15-20-minute video with a diverse selection of pieces according to the exam conditions on site (below)
  • the mastery of the playing and singing technique of new music must be demonstrated

Please record the video from a fixed perspective (do not move the camera). You can use a smartphone or a professional camera to record. Please pay attention to a good sound. You can also record with microphones. You and your fellow players (if there are any) must be easy to see. Your hands in particular must be clearly visible (for piano and strings). At the beginning of the video, introduce yourself and say your program, looking at the camera. You have to speak German.

You can play each piece individually, and you can also cut between the pieces and the introduction. Please combine videos of different pieces into one video, if that is possible. Image and sound must be recorded at the same time, the use of a separate audio recording device is recommended.

On-site entrance exam:

If the submitted video was assessed as "passed", you will be invited to the entrance examination at the HfM Dresden. The entrance exam includes:

Main Artistic Subject:

The entrance examination consists of an artistic presentation with a duration of 20-25 minutes, including three pieces of New Music of distinc style. The examination will take place at the institution, within which the applicant wants to spend his first year of stuty (home institution).

As part of the examination, the applicant will be interviewed about the planned course of study. A successful examination at the home institution entitles for continuation of study in the second year of study.