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Bachelor of Music Brass Instruments

Bachelor of Music - Brass Instruments

The study programme brass instruments can be studied with the main subjects trombone, trumpet, bugle and Tuba.

The University has successfully attracted internationally renowned soloists and educators, who have formed a balanced team that bestows all of its knowledge onto the students. The large number of successful graduates who have established themselves professionally after graduation or have won prizes at international competitions vouches for the high-caliber educational program that develops student skills. The drawing power that results is the reason why many highly-talented students apply for a spot in one of our programs.

On an artistic and personal level, our team of professors is perfectly balanced. This rapport benefits ensemble instruction for all instruments – students in the recently established wind academy even play alongside their instructors.

In no small way, the orchestra’s projects, productions by the Early and New Music departments, and choir and opera performances are a success thanks to the excellent work of our students.

Please contact the main subject teacher for more information about the main subject.

General Information

  • Academic degree: Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)
  • Duration of degree program: 8 semesters (4 years)
  • Start of program: Winter semester
  • Degree requirements: 240 ECTS credits
  • Major: trombone, trumpet, bugle, tuba
  • Graduate program: Master of Music Orchestra, Master of Musci Solo Instrument

Admissions Requirements

  • A general certificate of secondary education or other comparable higher education entrance qualification.
  • For non-German-speaking applications, proof of a language certificate at DaF level 3 is also required.
  • Successful completion of the entrance examination.

Entrance Examination

The entrance examination consists of the following three parts:

  • Practical performance test in the candidate’s main subject (duration approx. 15 minutes);
  • Practical performance test in piano as secondary study (duration approx. 10 minutes);
  • Music theory test (elementary harmonic theory/aural skills) (written tests, total duration approx. 90 minutes)

Detailed information can be found in the Entrance Examination Regulations, particularly in section 5: Content Requirements and Examination Format (§5 Inhaltliche Anforderungen und Durchführung der Prüfung).

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The degree program is divided into a basic program (first and second year) comprising a large number of obligatory modules and an advanced program (third and fourth year) which consists of different courses for different specializations.

The degree map comprises 7 main modules and an 8th module that students use to declare their specialization:

1. Core module
2. Artistic practical context
3. Education
4. Music appreciation
5. Career development
6. Bachelor/interdisciplinary capstone project
7. Supplementary studies
8. Specialization module, Profile orchestra or profile instrumental pedagogy

The duration of the bachelor’s program is four years. Students may qualify for an additional two-year master’s program by successfully completing a special admissions process for the master’s program. Student participation in all obligatory program courses is reflected in the form of credits. Students must complete 60 credits per year for a total of 240 credits. Graded examinations in the core module (main subject of study) are administered after the second and fourth years of study. Graduation requirements include a bachelor’s capstone project that can be in the form of an hour-long concert in the area of the student’s specialization.

In addition to participation in University ensembles, students can experience actual performance scenarios through public concerts and weekly auditions in their classes.

The academic activities of the core module include weekly classes and auditions, coaching sessions, instruction for secondary instruments, reed construction (clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon), chamber music, and orchestra score-reading and sight-reading (ensemble exercises). Workshops with famous guest musicians are also offered. These sessions include workshops on contemporary music, the practice of early music performance, mental training, listening techniques for ensembles, and much more.

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Professors

  • Prof. Urban Agnas, Trompete
  • Prof. Anna Freeman, Trompete (Standort Aachen)
  • Prof. Ulrich Flad, Posaune
  • Prof. Paul van Zelm, Horn

 Artistic Staff

  • Florian Kirner, Trompete
  • Prof. Friedemann Immer, Barocktrompete
  • Cyrill Sandoz, Trompete (Standort Wuppertal)
  • Matthias Kiefer, Kammermusik für Blechbläser
  • Peter Stuhec, Posaune (Standort Wuppertal)
  • Jan Böhme, Bassposaune (Standort Aachen)
  • Michael Junghans, Bassposaune
  • Ulrich Hübner, Horn und Naturhorn
  • Ralph Ficker, Horn (Standort Aachen)
  • Clara-Christine Hohorst, Horn (Standort Wuppertal)
  • David Polkinhorn, Tuba

Correpetition

  • Mio Kurihara-Wippich, Trompeten- und Posaunenklasse
  • Zeynep Artun-Kircher, Hornklasse
  • Chie Ogata, Tubaklasse
  • Keiko Yamamoto, Blechbläser Standort Aachen
  • Yuka Schneider, Blechbläser Standort Wuppertal
  • Junko Shioda, Trompetenklasse, Standort Aachen

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