Musical Performance (Bachelor of Music)

Course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Music
Regular course length: 8 semesters

Musical performance is one of the foundations the HMTMH has been built on since it was first established. Comprehensive provision for all orchestral instruments and also for recorder, guitar and accordion, with tuition given predominantly by the University’s own professors (currently 28 in number), makes this course particularly attractive. Quality is ensured by 31 additional lecturers and permanently employed repetiteurs, and there is a comprehensive and diverse range of additional course offerings.
The best among the students come together to form a celebrated university orchestra, numerous chamber music projects and ensembles for Early and New Music. Opera performances and a large number of outstanding concerts, which are constituent parts of the course, bear witness to the high level of tuition in musical performance, as does the fact that students from the HMTMH again and again demonstrate their international competitiveness at auditions and in competitions.

Principal instrumental study subjects:
Violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion/timpani, harp, accordion, guitar, recorder

Since winter term 2023/24, the HMTMH no longer accepts new students as saxophone majors in the musical performance programme. It is currently unclear whether there will be entrance examinations for the double bass major in winter term 2024/2025. As soon as this has been clarified, corresponding information will appear on this page. Should entrance exams be offered, we will post the relevant information on the application procedure.

  1. Course content
    - Orchestral playing
    - Chamber music
    - Early and New Music
    - Pianoforte, with optional change to Conducting or Voice after two semesters
    - Choir (voice training, choral singing)
    - Physiological and psychological training
    - Feldenkrais, Alexander technique
    - Music theory
    - Aural training
    - Demonstration of theory on the piano
    - Rhythmic aural training
    - Musicology
    - Music physiology

    Additional study subjects, which can be chosen from the 5th semester onwards
    - Music research and music education
    - Music theory / Score studies / Conducting
    - Instrument teaching
    - General additional subject
    - Figured bass / Continuo playing

  3. Tuition
    The course for the Bachelor’s degree in Musical Performance for the most part takes the form of instrumental classes composed of an average of twelve students from various years, directed and taught by a professor.
    For every student, the focus is on artistic and technical development to the highest level, supported by a maximum amount of individual support in weekly individual instrumental tutorials and sufficient time for practice. Every student has the opportunity to work with a repetiteur for up to 30 minutes a week (they are also available for auditions/concerts or examinations).
    The subsidiary theoretical, academic and performance subjects are attended weekly at the beginning of the course. In the second half of the course a variety of additional subjects may be selected which are relevant to the chosen profession, or lead on to a variety of Master’s degree courses.
    The orchestral and chamber music projects are distributed throughout the course in parallel to the other tuition.

  5. Who is the course aimed at? / Requirements for admission
    The Bachelor’s degree course in Musical Performance is directed towards instrumentalists intending to pursue careers as orchestral or chamber music players or as soloists on their instruments.
    Applicants for admission to the course must pass the admission examination on their instrument and the piano, have a good ear and a good knowledge of music theory.
    Good music education from childhood onwards is no doubt an important factor in passing the admission examination, and in fulfilling one’s career objectives as a musician.
    We would like to point out, in particular to potential applicants from abroad, that an adequate knowledge of German is essential for the theoretical subjects. It will also help them to make contact with German musicians and musical institutions, e.g. during placements with orchestras.

  7. Career outlook
    Graduates of this course will be suitably trained for the following careers: as a soloist, as an orchestral or chamber music player, in a New Music or Early Music ensemble, or as a freelance musician.



Programme learning outcomes



  • Mastery of one's own instrument at a professional level;
  • Instrumental independence and the ability to take personal responsibility for the artistic arrangement and interpretation for the presentation of the composition;
  • International comparability of artistic training;
  • With freely chosen supplementary subjects, an extension by specific learning outcomes and orientations is to be achieved;
  • Practice-oriented training through, among other things, various project work such as ensemble playing, chamber music, orchestral participation, solo performances, interdisciplinary projects;
  • Acquisition of skills to participate in cultural projects as well as performing and reflecting on their role of cultural promoters;
  • Qualification for various Master's degree programmes to be selected for which the Bachelor's degree KA is a pre-condition.

Download (partly just available in German language)

Representative Professor

Video about teaching and practicing with HMTMH Prof. Frank Bungarten, guitar.
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Examination Office

  • Cordula Ratajczak

    Department for Studies and Teaching | Examination Board Musical Performance B. Mus./M. Mus., Composition B. Mus./M. Mus.

    Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media
    Neues Haus 1, 30175 Hannover
    E015 | Loebensteinstraße 2

    Phone: +49 (0)511 3100-7230

    Office hours: Mo 09:30-12 Uhr | Di 09:30-12 Uhr und (nur online) 14-15:30 Uhr | Do 14-15:30 Uhr | und nach Vereinbarung | Digitaler Besprechungsraum:

Student Registration Office

  • Beate Heitmüller

    Department for Studies and Teaching | Matriculation Office, Examination Office Junior Students, Solo Class

    Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media
    Neues Haus 1, 30175 Hannover
    E007 | Loebensteinstraße 2

    Phone: +49 (0)511 3100-7223

    Office hours: Mo 09:30-12 Uhr | Di 09:30-12 Uhr und (nur online) 14-15:30 Uhr | Do 14-15:30 Uhr | und nach Vereinbarung | Digitaler Besprechungsraum:

Last modified: 2024-02-08

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