Higher Studies in music

Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts

The Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts is the successor to Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory, founded in 1878 as a bequest of the Frankfurt citizen Dr. Joseph Hoch. The founding director Joachim Raff and his successors hired a number of internationally distinguished artistic personalities as faculty, among them the pianist Clara Schumann, the composer Engelbert Humperdinck, and the cellist Hugo Becker. During the period leading up to World War I, aspiring musicians from all over the world came to Frankfurt to study. Among its better-known graduates were Edward McDowell, Percy Grainger, Ernst Toch, Otto Klemperer, Hans Rosbaud, and Paul Hindemith. After 1918, the Conservatory became known for its new, modern approach to music education, promoted by Bernhard Sekles, director from 1923 onwards. An opera school was established and courses in early musical education and musical education for adults as well as Germany’s first jazz class were initiated.
Bachelor The period of study for the Bachelor degree programs at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Frankfurt am Main (HfMDK) is usually 8 semesters. Applicants for a Bachelor’s degree program in performance must pass an entrance examination. The programs aim to equip students with sound knowledge and skills appropriate for the professional field they plan to enter as well as to promote individual personalities at a high artistic level. The training prepares the student for the complex and diverse needs of today’s professions in the arts and leads to a first professional qualification. Students are awarded a Bachelor of Music (B. Mus.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) certificate.
• Classical Voice (Concert/Opera)  The bachelor’s program in Classical Voice leads to a first university degree. The program aims to give students a solid grounding in vocal technique on a sound musical basis, enabling them to develop a healthy relationship with their own singing voice
• Church Music  The Bachelor’s program in “Protestant Church Music” or “Catholic Church Music” leads to a professional qualification enabling graduates to work for the church as a cantor and organist in a so-called B post or similar
• Kronberg Academy The Bachelor’s program prepares highly talented violinists, violists, and cellists for an international career as a solo performer.
• Instrumental Studies (Focus: Performance) The Bachelor’s program in Instrumental Studies (Focus: Performance) leads to a first professional qualification and prepares the student through practice-oriented training for the complex and diverse requirements of the music profession today
• Directing in Theater Theater directors are, so to speak, like the decathletes among athletes since they have to be familiar with many different aspects of the theater.
State Examination The HfMDK offers teaching degrees in music for high schools (L3), junior high schools (L2), elementary schools (L1), and special schools (L5), which conclude with the State Examination.
Teacher Education Studies in Music for Primary Schools (L1)  
Teacher Education Studies in Music for Secondary Schools/Middle Schools and Schools for children with learning disabilities (L2 and L5)  
Teacher Education Studies in Music for Secondary Schools/High School (L3)  
Diploma Almost all diploma programs at the University of Music and Performing Arts have been converted to the Bachelor-Master system.
Concert Exam The Concert Exam is the highest postgraduate qualification that can be awarded to singers or instrumentalists by the HfMDK Frankfurt
Master’s degree programs A Master’s degree program builds on the first professional qualification and leads to a further, more specialized professional qualification. It aims to deepen and expand the skills acquired during the Bachelor’s program.
• Choreography and Performance The particular and unique cooperation of a university and an art academy provides the students with extensive education in the field of dance studies, choreography and performance, including both theoretical and practical classes.
• Classical Voice (Concert/Opera) The master’s degree program in Classical Voice qualifies graduates to pursue a successful career as a professional concert and/or opera singer.
• Historical Interpretation Practice This postgraduate program is designed for musicians who regard a knowledge of the historical circumstances of the interpretation of music in past centuries as essential for their personal approach to music
• International Ensemble Modern Academy The University for Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main (HfMDK) and the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) offer a joint one-year master course in Contemporary Music designed for graduates in fields of instrumental playing (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass), composition, conducting and sound directing.
• Church Music The Master’s degree in Church Music gives students a further professional qualification, fulfilling the requirements for employment as a cantor and organist in a so-called A post or similar. 
• Chamber Music The Master’s program in Chamber Music aims to equip students with the social, artistic, and instrumental skills they require to be able to fulfil the diverse requirements of the profession as a chamber musician not only independently but also creatively.
• Composition The Master’s program in composition aims to enable the student to develop a clear personal artistic profile. It allows students to broaden their horizons in a specific way as well as to develop comprehensive practical skills to tackle the issues associated with composing music.
• Kronberg Academy The Kronberg Academy Master’s program prepares highly talented violinists, violists, and cellists for an international career as a solo performer.
• Instrumental Studies (Focus: Performance) The Master’s program is designed to equip students with the skills they need to work as an independent professional orchestral musician or a soloist. 
• Educational Science in Music The degree program Educational Science in Music (Master of Arts) was introduced in fall 2013. It aims to equip students with the expertise they need to work as professional music educators in various social contexts outside general education schools.
• Performing Arts and Music Management The Master’s program in Performing Arts and Music Management prepares students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree (either academic or performance) to work in middle and higher management positions in theaters, at festivals, with independent groups and orchestras, and in concert halls
• Contemporary Dance Education MA CoDE The Master’s program in Contemporary Dance Education (MA CoDE), successfully accredited according to the Bologna guidelines, is aimed at professional and experienced dancers, performers and choreographers who wish to explore the foundations of their work
Doctoral degrees The University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main will award the academic degree of Doctor or Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. phil.) in the subjects Musicology and Music Education in Department 2: Teaching degrees, research and composition o postgraduate students who demonstrate their special academic qualification through a dissertation and an oral examination (viva voce).