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Important information about the entrance exams for summer semester 2022

Dear applicants,

Due to the currently valid hygiene requirements in connection with the Covid 19 pandemic, not all entrance exams can take place in personal presence. All important dates, deadlines and facts can be found in the document linked here.

Online application portal of the HfM Saar

Here you find the online application portal of the HfM Saar.

Please note the each valid application deadlines:

Entrance exam for the winter semester – by February 28 (all courses)

Entrance exam for the summer semester – by October 31st (only Bachelor courses with the exception of BOM Elementary Music Education)

You can find help and further information on online applications in this user manual.

Important information only for students who are already enrolled at the HfM Saar:

Please note that applications for an additional or new course for students who are already enrolled at the HfM Saar must generally be submitted via the HfM Saar student portal. Here you find the student portal.

Address and contact

Hochschule für Musik Saar
Mrs. Barbara Hartz
Bismarckstrasse 1
D-66111 Saarbrücken
Tel .: +49 (0) 681 96731-48

Please note that the correspondence with applicants is not only carried out by regular mail, but in some cases also via the e-mail address given above.

Charge for aptitude test

At the Hochschule für Musik Saar, each exam applicant will be required to pay a fee of 50, – € for participating in the aptitude test for the respective degree program.

For students already enrolled at HfM Saar, the fee for completing another or additional aptitude test for studying at HfM Saar is reduced to  24 €.

This regulation applies from the application procedure for the winter semester 2018/2019.

The transfer must be made exclusively to the bank details given below and must be evidenced by bank statement or cash payment receipt. The payment of this fee is a prerequisite for participation in the aptitude test. If the payment is not proven, participation in the qualifying examination can not take place.

If the aptitude test is repeated, the fee will be charged again.

A repayment of the fee is excluded in principle; this also applies to the withdrawal of the application!

Please transfer the fee to the following account:
Account holder: Landesamt für Zentrale Dienste / LHK
IBAN: DE30 5905 0000 0700 0097 80
Payment reference: applicant’s full name and date of birth
Fee: 50 €  resp. 24 €

German language skills

The Saar University of Music senate has decided to require TestDaF (test of German as a foreign language) level 3 as proof of the German language skills stipulated in the matriculation regulations, and refers candidates to the Music College Rector’s Conference decision dated May 2008.

TestDaF is an advanced language examination which separately tests the four skills of reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression and oral expression. Each section must be completed at TDN level 3. Candidates may resit the examination as many times as they like. There are now testing centres in 76 countries, meaning that you can acquire the necessary German skills in your home country. For more information please visit

Examinees who pass the TestDaF examination will receive a certificate separately listing the results achieved for all four skills (sections). Following a TestDaF central marking process, you will receive the certificate six to eight weeks after the examination date.

Examination fee
You must pay a fee to take the TestDaF examination. Your testing centre will inform you of the exact price. In most countries, the current price is 100 to 130 euros.

Language courses at Saarland University language centre

Sample entrance examinations

The sample entrance examinations presented here are designed simply to provide an approximate idea of the exam’s structure and degree of difficulty. The actual examination may be very different from the samples. The Saar University of Music therefore accepts no liability whatsoever.

Structure of entrance examination in music theory / aural training

Music theory

  • Self-contained continuation of the start of a melody
  • Formation and identification of intervals, scales (major, minor, modes, gypsy scales etc.) and chords (triads and four-note chords with inversions)
  • Composition: harmonisation of a melody (figured / with function designations, and free)

Aural training

  • Setting of a tone series to rhythm
  • Notation of intervals (up to a twelfth) and chords (triads with inversions, four-note and five-note chords)
  • Recall of a one-part melody
  • Error identification in rhythm and polyphonic settings

Music history (overview of the key eras in music history and their major representatives), musical analysis, and music theory / aural training topics may be tested via an oral examination.

Entrance examination for music theory major

  • Creation of a sophisticated four-part composition
  • Creation of a two-part polyphonic composition
  • Analysis of a musical work
  • Ad-hoc harmonisation of folk songs and chorales

Entrance examination for aural training major

  • Repetition of complicated rhythmic structures
  • Hearing difficult interval and chord relations; identification of atonal sound patterns
  • Modulations; error identification in a composition
  • Piano improvisation: presentation of simple teaching material from the aural training discipline
  • Comment on a sound sample