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Studium - Konzertfach


Study description

The focus of the concert studies program is on the artistic-performative area and leads to the highest level of musical education. The focus of the program is on practical-artistic training in the chosen subject (vocal or instrumental) as well as interactive interaction with other musicians in a wide variety of styles and ensembles. A series of theoretical and practical supplementary subjects extend this artistic study program to a comprehensive and practice-oriented training as a concert and studio musician with a state and internationally-recognized degree, which entitles the student to further master studies.

Study profile

A special focus in this study program is placed on virtuosity and the artistic-creative realization of various musical possibilities, as well as the development of technical skills. In addition to basic training in all styles relevant to modern music, students can choose in the course of their studies which stylistic directions (e.g. jazz, pop, rock, etc.) they would like to specialize in. The goal of this artistic study program is to promote individual development of a comprehensively trained musical personality, enabling a student to work professionally as part of an internationally oriented community and a wide variety of concert and studio situations.

Study focus

  • Learning vocal or instrumental skills on the highest musical level;

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

  • Acquisition of improvisational- and virtuosic skills;

  • Development of instrumental technique, rhythm and phrasing;

  • Ear training, music theory and the study of harmony

  • Learning basic and advanced composition and arrangement rules;

  • Study of studio techniques and creative identity;

  • Development of standard repertoires and individual concert programs;

  • Development of a professional stage presence and performance;

  • Development of an individually and comprehensively educated artistic personality;

Studium Konzertfach

Study Details

Start: February and September

Duration of study: 8 semesters

Credits: 240 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 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

€ 450 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, on which the VMI naturally has no influence, but may 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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