Bachelor of Music in Strings

Rostock University of Music and Drama

Program Description

Bachelor of Music in Strings

Rostock University of Music and Drama

The Artistic Modules (“Künstlerisches Kernmodul” and “Obligatorische Vertiefung Kernmodul”, semesters 1 – 8) provide the core of the Bachelor’s course. At the beginning of their studies, students learn to develop and adjust their individual playing technique and build up a repertoire for their respective string instrument. Furthermore, they study with a répétiteur which is essential for intonation, harmonic interplaying, adaptability as well as artistic projection and assertiveness.

Music Comprehension I, II, and III (“Musikerschließung I, II, III”, semesters 1 – 6) are basic modules during which students learn to approach music as a whole. The module Music Education (“Musikpädagogik”, semesters 1 – 2) comprises lectures providing basic pedagogical knowledge and the Didactics Module (“Obligatorisches Vertiefungsmodul Didaktik”, semesters 5 – 6) builds on it. During the latter, practical school work with learners becomes part of the study. Those students who wish to work as teachers at music schools after graduating can further develop their pedagogical skills by choosing an optional pedagogical module (such as Elementary Music Education “Elementare Musikpädagogik”, semesters 5 – 6).

Beside the pedagogical area, there are several other optional modules that can be chosen from a module catalog in order to either aim towards the refinement of artistic skills (for instance Chamber Music) or a specialization (for instance Contemporary Music, Ensemble Leading). One optional module has to be completed.

The advanced mandatory modules in semesters 5 – 8 allow students to expand the knowledge they acquired during the first study period and develop a solid competence. That means with regard to the main instrumental subject: Students expand and consolidate interpretation skills. The knowledge of literature is backed by the Ensemble module (semesters 1 – 8, comprises Orchestra Playing, Orchestral Studies and Chamber Music).

Parts of the final artistic exam in the main instrument may be performed in a public concert that is organized by the university.


Aptitude test in the main instrument (supplement to the aptitude test regulations of Rostock University of Music and Drama) Violin

  • One Etude or Caprice of your choice (e.g. Kreutzer, Rode, Dancla, Wieniawski, Paganini)
  • Two contrasting movements from a solo sonata or partita by J.S. Bach
  • A first movement (with cadenza) from a concerto by W. A. Mozart (KV 207, KV 211, KV 216)
  • A movement from a Romantic virtuoso concerto (e.g. Bruch, Wienawski, Lalo, Mendelssohn etc.)


  • Scales and arpeggios through three octaves in any key; scales in thirds, sixths, and octaves
  • An etude by Kreutzer, Hoffmeister, Campagnoli
  • Two contrasting movements from one of J.S. Bach’s 6 solo suites
  • A movement from a Romantic sonata (e.g. Eccles, Schumann op. 113, Schubert, Brahms etc.)
  • First movement of a classical concerto (e.g. E. Casadesus, C. F. Zelter, F. A. Hoffmeister, K. Stamitz etc.)


  • Two contrasting movements from J.S. Bach’s solo suites
  • First movement of a sonata from the Early Classical, Viennese Classical or Romantic periods
  • A 20th-century work composed after 1960 (please bring score)
  • A Caprice/Etude of your choice from Piatti or Popper (Advanced School of Cello Playing)
  • First movement from a concerto of your choice

Double bass

  • One scale through two octaves with various types of bowing
  • A slow movement from a work of your choice (Baroque era)
  • A fast movement from a work of your choice (Classical or Romantic eras)
  • A work composed after 1950

Compulsory subjects: piano, theory and aural training The examination requirements for piano (compulsory subject), music theory and aural training are defined in the aptitude test for admission to Rostock College of Music and Drama. Piano (compulsory subject): examples of works Bach: Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach: Little Preludes Mozart: Salzburger Tanzbüchlein Schubert: Eccossaises Schumann: Album for the Young Bartók: Microcosmos II and III


4 years, 240 ECTS

Entry Requirements

Applicants who wish to enroll at the University of Music and Theatre have to provide proof of entitlement (normally: “Abitur”– general/specialized higher education entrance qualification or foreign equivalent). As an exception for music studies and on request, this document might be complemented or replaced by a certificate verifying the passed entrance examination to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock. Applicants also need to have completed their compulsory education or will presumably have done so before they start their studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 5, 2018
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4 years
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Germany - Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
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