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Requirements for the bachelor’s program in Music Theory/Aural Skills Training

Bachelor of Music / Major in Music Theory and Aural Skill Training

1. Preselection

For the pre-selection, files in PDF format with your own style copies / analyses / compositions must be submitted with the application. The following requirements apply:

  • own style copies / analyses / compositions of free choice. 1 PDF file per work sample.

2. Presence Examination

The presence examination includes the following parts:

  • Technical discussion about the submitted style copies / analyses / compositions as well as about the choice of study and profession (max. 20 minutes).
  • Examination of music-theoretical facts on the piano: cadenza playing, basso continuo, modulation, possibly style-bound improvisation, basics of form theory and analysis.
  • Listening to, naming and reproducing intervals, rhythms, scales, tone rows, chords (up to 4stg.), cadence sequences.
  • Artistic presentation in instrumental major or voice and instrumental minor or voice.
    a) Instrumental major or voice
    • Two pieces of medium difficulty from different stylistic periods of the student's choice (approx. 15 minutes).
    b) Instrumental minor or voice (Note: If the main instrument is not piano, the artistic minor must be piano!)
    • Two simpler pieces from different stylistic periods of free choice (approx. 10 minutes)
  • A short reflective talk related to the artistic presentation.

The examination board reserves the right to make a selection from the prepared pieces.

After passing the presence examination:
Written exams in music theory and aural skill training.


Prof. Hans Peter Reutter


Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf Fischerstraße 110, 40476 Düsseldorf

Fon: +49.211.49 18 -0