Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Popular Music at SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences

SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences 7 Semesters
Germany Full Time
Bachelor`s Onsite

The BMus Popular Music program is a playing field for musicians who want to do their thing. Therefore, the promotion of one’s own musical abilities and artistic identity is at the center of the studies.

Throughout the entire course of studies, a mix of individual main subject lessons, minor subject lessons, ensemble lessons, repertoire and accompaniment coaching forms the practical basis for honing one’s musical skills, trying out one’s interactions with others and developing one’s own styles.

Lecturers from the field support students working on their own material – even beyond the teaching activities. A club concert series, regular living room concerts, jam sessions, and live panels with music editors, labels and publishers as well as various practical projects offer numerous opportunities to prove oneself in front of an audience and to network with representatives of the music business.

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Course Details:

In the first semester, the students acquire the basics of recording, music teaching and music theory. During the introduction to the DAWs, they learn the basics of music production step-by-step. Elementary music theory exercises in the areas of music notation, composition, and aural training, reflection on the history of pop music and a first assessment at the first-semester concert are on the agenda.

In the second semester, students concentrate on the quality of their own performances. They practice making music live in front of an audience, in the studio or as part of video production. They acquire techniques to professionally present their own artistic visions and to interact with an audience. In addition, the students immerse themselves in the most important questions and methods of musicology and learn how to use technical terms correctly.

In the third semester, the focus is on writing and producing original songs. From composition and recording to mixing and editing, students go through the entire production chain of their music. In accompanying courses such as ear training, harmony theory, set-up, and studio practice, urgent questions from the creative process are addressed and solved together. In addition, the students deal with the rights and duties they have as musical authors.

Enrollment Requirements:

University entrance qualification

Our admission procedure is two-tiered. A first pre-selection is done based on the application documents and the artistic work samples.
The following documents will need to be submitted:

  • letter of motivation stating the following: Why are you interested in studying at the hdpk? What are your expectations? What are your professional perspectives?
  • personal data sheet, together with passport photo, place, date, signature
  • school leaving certificate: notarised copy, may be handed in later
  • in case you have previously studied at another university, please provide de-registration certificate (may also be handed in later)
  • samples of your work: You must provide three one-minute song fragments (MP3), presenting you’re own instrumental or vocal abilities, in addition to written descriptions of these submissions. You need to have composed or arranged at least one of these song fragments.

Entrance examination

Following your successful pre-selection screening, you will be invited to the hdpk for a practical examination. This will allow us to assess your program-specific knowledge, your creativity, your commitment to express yourself creatively, and your motivation.
The entrance examination consists of a 30-minute exam focussing on music theory and ear training. The subsequent practical part will focus on your very own presentation, during which you will be requested to perform two titles of your choice. One of these pieces should be something that you have either composed or arranged/adapted.

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Language Requirements:

Students applying from abroad are requested to provide proof of adequate spoken and written English language skills (level B2 minimum).

About the University/Institution:

Officially accredited by the German government, the SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk) offers expertise and engaging perspectives to respond to the diverse human resource needs of the creative industries.

Its BA and MA programmes unite theory and practice providing academic training by today’s experts to prepare tomorrow’s professionals for future careers.

Small groups and professors with strong backgrounds in their fields as well as state-of-the-art equipment in sound studios, photographic studios, and various digital workspaces provide students with a truly professional work environment.

Application Deadline:

For non-EU applications: 15 November / for EU: 15 January (Application for vacant places in the programme is possible up until the beginning of the respective semester.)

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