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Kombi Studium

Combined study (music performance & IGP) 

Study description

The combined concert and IGP degree program represents the optimal combination of artistic and pedagogical studies and is one of the most popular degree programs at VMI. Due to the coordinated curricula, both study programs can be completed in parallel in a particularly economical way, in order to complete two degree programs simultaneously at the end of the study period. The degrees include, on the one hand, an artistic study of the highest musical training level and, on the other hand, a study with a state and internationally recognized teaching qualification, which qualifies the student to teach at various educational institutions as well as for further master studies.

Study profile

The special advantage of the combined concert and IGP studies lies in the combination of a practical-artistic and pedagogical-didactic education. On the one hand, students are trained to become virtuosic and creative concert and studio musicians, and on the other hand, to become comprehensively trained music teachers. In addition to the basic training in various styles relevant to modern music, students have the opportunity to specialize in various stylistic directions (e.g. jazz, pop, rock, etc.) during the course of their studies. The goal of this combined study program is to promote the development of comprehensively trained musical personalities and music educators alike, thus enabling optimal professional opportunities in both the concert and teaching fields.

Study focus

  • Learning vocal and instrumental skills up to the highest musical level;

  • Teaching practical-artistic music-making practices in all areas of modern music;

  • Acquisition of improvisational and virtuosic skills;

  • Development of technique, rhythm and phrasing;

  • Training of the musical ear and music-theoretical practice;

  • Study of music theory and reharmonization;

  • Learning basic and advanced composition and arrangement rules;

  • Exposure to various musical forms and structures;

  • Exposure to studio techniques and creative identity;

  • Teaching pedagogical and music psychology skills;

  • Gathering practical and hands-on teaching experience;

  • Training of stage presence and professional performance;

  • Development of a common standard repertoire as well as individual concert program;

  • Training of stage presence and performative appearance;

  • Development of an individually and comprehensively trained artist personality;

IGP Studium

Study Details

Start: February and September

Duration of study: 8 semesters

Credits: 266 ECTS

Prerequisites: Previous practical and theoretical knowledge, as well as an online registration for the entrance examination (audition). Persons from non-EU countries need a valid residence permit (student visa) at the beginning of their studies, which can be applied for after successful completion of the entrance examination.

Prior studies: Courses or years of study previously completed at other educational institutions may be credited toward the degree program and shorten the duration of the study accordingly.

Teachers: Training is provided by a professional team of internationally active musicians, composers, and music educators, as well as experts from the music industry, creative industries, studio technology, and musicology.

Curriculum: Study plan / Completion plan

Semester abroad: Being awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) by the European Union enables students of the VMI to study at a partner the University of the VMI within their education with financial support for the duration of 3-12 months. In addition, funded internships abroad can be completed at various European institutions and companies in the international music industry.

Degree: The program ends with a nationally and internationally recognized degree. According to the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, the certificates and diplomas issued by the VMI are equivalent to those of state Universities and Colleges, are comparable to a Bachelor's degree and therefore entitle the holder to pursue further master's studies*.

Follow-up studies: Within the framework of a cooperation agreement with the ICMP Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, a London-based partner University of the VMI, there is the possibility of obtaining the academic degrees of Bachelor or Master through a two-semester period of study at the ICMP, while at the same time gaining valuable experience in the musical metropolis of London.

Tuition fees:

€ 120 one-time enrollment fee

€ 550 monthly tuition fee

Details on tuition and scholarships

*Further studies at other educational institutions are subject to the availability of free study places as well as the admission requirements of the respective university or college, over which VMI naturally has no influence, but can provide assistance with applications, especially to partner universities and partner colleges.

Online registration

Online registrations for the entrance examination are basically possible at any time, free of charge and without obligation. They are used to determine prior practical-theoretical knowledge and whether this is sufficient to be accepted into the desired course of study (otherwise, alternative training options may be suggested). The entrance examinations usually take place on the following dates:

For the winter semester (start of studies in September): May/June*

For the summer semester (start of studies in February): November/December*

Details on the entrance examination

*Alternatively, other dates may be assigned.

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