|Study location||Germany, Berlin|
|Nominal duration||7 semesters (210 ECTS)|
|Tuition fee||€4,500 per semester|
|Registration fee||€900 one-time
This is a fee due upon enrolment only.
High school / secondary education
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / German.
In many cases your previous school or university is able to provide you with a suitable version of your transcripts. If your previous school or university is unable to do so, please be aware that you will have to have your documents officially translated along with verified copies of the original.
Upload your electronic copies during the application process
Please find our English language requirements here:
A relevant portfolio is required.
2 Songs as MP3 file
Please upload two songs in MP3 format in which you present your musical instrument in the application form, which will be your main subject during your studies. They can be your own compositions or interpretations/arrangements of foreign works, lasting at least one and at most four minutes. In addition, write a one-page PDF file that provides information about these titles and their original authors and performers. Describe the nature and scope of your own work and name the work of third parties.
Your individual artistic and creative strengths, which are expressed in the music examples submitted, should relate to the following focal points:
The result of the pre-selection will determine whether the candidate will take part in the practical entrance examination.
Your music is a mixture of hip hop, gamelan and singer/songwriter. Your dream is to become a top musician… We welcome you to our music performance degree BMus Popular Music, the talent factory for musicians of all genres!
The promotion of your musical abilities and your own artistic identity are the first priority in the Popular Music study programme. A mix of individual major and minor lessons, ensemble lessons, repertoire and accompaniment coaching will form your musical basis throughout the entire course of studies. You will hone your musical craft, test yourself in interaction with others and sharpen your artistic profile. You will learn all the basics, tools and the necessary routine in courses such as composition, songwriting, performance training, artist development, pedagogy and recording techniques.
7 SEMESTERS 210 ECTS
1. SEMESTER 30 ECTS
Basics in Theory and Practice
- Recording Techniques
- Musical Analysis
- Music Theory
- Practice Project I
- Instrument Major I / Ensemble I / Instrument Minor I
- Pop Music History
2. SEMESTER 30 ECTS
Development and Performance
- Music Theory – Harmony
- Performance Practice I
- Elective I – Choir & Body Percussion
- Practice Project II
- Instrument Major II / Instrument Minor II / Ensemble II
3. SEMESTER 30 ECTS
Songwriting and Recording
- Studio techniques
- Practice Project III
- Instrument Major III / Instrument Minor III / Ensemble III
- Media Law – Music & Sound
4. SEMESTER 30 ECTS
Arranging and Stage Training
- Performance Training
- Elective II
- Practice Project IV
- Instrument Major IV / Instrument Minor IV / Ensemble IV
- Language / Physiology
5. SEMESTER 30 ECTS
Internship / Study Abroad
The fifth semester is all about practical work. During an internship at home or abroad or study abroad you will expand your professional repertoire in a targeted manner and establish direct contact with the business world and the various music scenes.
6. SEMESTER 30 ECTS
Music Business and Pedagogy
- Pedagogy I
- Arrangement II
- Elective III (Correpetition & Repertoire)
- Practice Project V
- Instrument Major V / Instrument Minor V / Ensemble V
- Artist Development I
7. SEMESTER 30 ECTS
Artist Development and Thesis
- Pedagogy II
- Elective IV
- Instrument Major VI / Instrument Minor VI / Ensemble VI
- Artist Development II
- Bachelor’s Thesis
As a popular musician you make sure that the music of tomorrow remains exciting. You are a recording artist, songwriter and working musician at the same time, creating musical experiences for an audience in changing environments.
A BMus in Popular Music will prepare you for a number of different freelance careers:
author/composer, adapter/arranger/orchestrator, performer/musician
sound-engineer/sound technician for concerts, events, theatre, radio, TV, sound carriers
You could also collaborate with:
song-writers/composers, lyricists, speakers, bands/music groups, orchestras
producers, sound studios, clients from industry and business
Or employment with:
production companies, ensembles, concert organisers, apprenticing companies
phono-industry, labels, publishers, distributors, TV and radio stations, PR and marketing agencies
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