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Requirements for the Music and Media bachelor’s program

The proficiency test for the program in Music and Media covers the following two areas:

Determination of artistic aptitude for media-related work (i.e.: work samples and application interview) and
Determination of artistic and musical suitability for the proposed instrumental or voice specialization (i.e.: Instrument or vocal audition).

1. Two work samples

Candidates for the Music and Media program must first submit work samples. If the examination board evaluates these work samples positively, the candidate will be invited for an interview. The examining board decides on suitability for the program of studies on the basis of this interview.

At least two work samples must be submitted from two different areas of the following eight majors:

  • Classical Music Recording
  • Media Composition
  • Music Informatics
  • Music Production
  • Music and Audiovisual Production
  • Music and Media Management
  • Music and Text
  • Visual Music

The content of the work samples must be clearly assigned to the majors listed. The work samples must be submitted in duplicate on a USB stick. The USB stick must be labeled with the major and the name of the applicant. Unless otherwise stated, each of the work samples submitted must be accompanied by an A4 page explaining how it was produced. In detail, the following requirements must be observed:

Classical Music Recording:  A production or a live recording in the area of traditional classical music (including chamber music, orchestral or choral works – no popular music!). In order to document the diversity of their work, candidates may also submit various shorter work samples no longer than 10 minutes in duration within the respective category (chamber/orchestral/choral). The work sample should be submitted on a clearly labeled (area of focus, name of the applicant, work, playing time) audio CD. In addition, written documentation (no longer than 2 A4 pages) must be submitted, which contains the following information: work, artist, recording date, recording location, equipment used, microphone setup and a brief description of the recording and post-processing method.

Media Composition: A portfolio of the candidate’s own compositions or music arrangements with a functional character (for film/video/text) as a production (on a USB stick) and/or as a score/lead sheets.

Music and Computer Science: A work in the field of computer music* or algorithmic sound art: such as a composition no longer than 10 minutes in length as a recording (USB stick) and an accompanying text, an interactive work as executable stand-alone software (with simple instructions as well as technical and content documentation and source code on a USB stick) or (for installation-based, stationary work) documentation which presents the work (e.g., a simple film recording such as a QuickTime movie).
*If a computer or a digital audio work station such as Logic or Nuendo is used for composing/producing a jazz/pop music production, this on its own does not constitute programming in the sense of music informatics and also does not fall under the computer music genre category. Such pieces are considered part of the Music Production major.

Music Production: Independent production of one to two jazz/pop music titles such as a recording of acoustic instruments, a MIDI/computer-enhanced music production or a live recording. Written documentation of the work sample must also be submitted.
Refer to the accompanying information sheet (german) for exact specifications regarding the design and submission of production and documentation.

Music and Audiovisual Production: An excerpt from two or three different film works (e.g., documentary, music clip, multi-camera recording, feature film, experimental film). These clips/excerpts should not exceed 9 minutes in total. The applicant must have directed or be responsible for the essential design of the works. The subject or content of the audiovisual works need not be related to music.

Half a page on the concept and creation must be attached with each work submitted. In each case, it must be stated in particular what the applicant has done, who else was involved in the creation of the work and what share of a team effort was involved as well as when and in what context the work was created and how long the entire work is.

Format: a QuickTime movie on a USB stick which must be compatible with QuickTime for Mac and PC.

Music and Media Management: Concept for a company in the field of music and media.

Music and Text: A free-form artistic work created by the candidate such as a short radio play, acoustic art, own song texts or lyrics, language games, text/sound experiments, etc. – prepared at minimum as an audio sketch. Also possible is an essay or feature in acoustic form (audio file) about a particular topic, preferably related to sound, language or music. Preference is given to short, informative work samples based on the candidate’s own ideas. Original and courageous approaches are more important here than technical perfection.

Visual Music: A motion-picture visualization of music or sound (video) or animations (motion graphics) no more than 3 minutes in length; audio and video must have a clearly recognizable relationship. Format: MPEG file on a USB stick. The clip must be in VLC format and be playable on a Mac or PC.

2. Music audition

In an additional test, artistic and musical suitability for the intended instrumental or voice major will be determined. The degree of difficulty of the pieces is taken into account in scoring.
The following applies for all jazz/pop instruments: In the case of prepared pieces, in each case 6 copies of the sheet music or lead sheets must be brought to the exam. The prepared pieces should be specified in the application for admission to the program. If an accompanist is desired, this should be stated in the application for admission. The accompanist will be a lecturer at the university.

The requirements for the artistic-musical proficiency test can be found here:

Drum set
Electric Bass
Voice (classical)
Voice (jazz/pop) 
Guitar (classical)
Guitar (jazz/pop)
French Horn
Clarinet (klassisch)
Clarinet (jazz/pop)
String Bass (classical)
String Bass(Jazz/Pop)
Trombone (klassisch)
Trombone (Jazz/Pop)
Flute (klassisch)
Flute (Jazz/Pop) 
Saxophone (klassisch)
Saxophone (Jazz/Pop)
Trumpet (klassisch)
Trumpet (Jazz/Pop)

Further information

Questions about the academic program will be answered by subject tutors and the Registrar’s Office.
Please also note: FAQs concerning the majors Music and Media and Audio and Video

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