Double bass

Bachelor Instrumental Studies
BA
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The bachelor's degree program in double bass includes private lessons, correpetition, and audition training, with a focus on distinctive project work in chamber music, ensembles, and orchestra, as well as regular performances in study concerts.

General information

This degree course is oriented around current developments and performance practice in the arts, as well as the latest, most up-to-date research in the academic disciplines involved. The goal of the BA in Performance is the practice-oriented and academically sound professional preparation for the following fields:

  • Soloist
  • Chamber musician
  • Orchestral musician (e.g. in chamber/opera/symphony orchestras, orchestras and ensembles for contemporary music, ensembles for historical instruments)
  • Freelance artist

The goals of the BA in Performance at the Mozarteum University are artistic maturity and independence, critical self-reflection and evaluation, and the artistic and scientific ability to interpret musical works from all periods. The BA in Performance will equip students to pursue their chosen profession and to fulfil artistic, pedagogical and organisational tasks within cultural life.

The curriculum is competence-oriented. After completing the Bachelor's programme, students should:

  • be able to master their instrument and present themselves professionally
  • be free and independent in their artistic work
  • be able to deal critically with artistic and academic issues
  • be able to play professionally in an orchestra/ensemble
  • be able to work as a team-player in an artistically constructive way as a member of a chamber music formation or ensemble
  • have acquired comprehensive knowledge of various playing techniques
  • have acquired comprehensive knowledge of the orchestral literature and mastery of the relevant orchestral parts and the solo and chamber music literature of various periods
  • have basic knowledge of stylistics and repertoire
  • have gained insight into the literature and performance practice of both early and contemporary music
  • have acquired comprehensive knowledge of music theory and musicology and be able to apply this in practice
  • have mastered the basics of academic work and be able to analyse, interpret and write about artistic content in a grounded manner
  • be able to use audiovisual media for self-presentations (such as competition submissions, demo recordings, internet presentations etc.)
  • have gained insights into the areas of physical and mental health maintenance, self-management and performance optimisation
  • have further developed their individual interests beyond their own subject area through targeted selction of elective subjects in the spirit of lifelong learning

The eight-semester bachelor's degree programme is modular in structure. Each module comprises teaching and learning content that has been combined to form thematically and didactically meaningful units of study. The names and content descriptions (study objectives) of the individual modules, the number of ECTS credits to be achieved for each module, and the type of performance assessment are specified in the curriculum. The module descriptions refer to the corresponding learning outcomes and competencies. The Bachelor's program is a face-to-face program and cannot be offered - not even in part - as a distance learning program. The courses from the Principal Study, as well as in other One-to-One Tuition, are designed to build upon each other. Prerequisite for enrolment in courses from the Principal Study or One-to-One Tutition is a positive evaluation of the previous semester (from the second semester onwards).

The curriculum provides an overview of the courses to be completed, which are grouped into module groups.

The courses are visible online in Curriculum Support:

Link to the semester schedule

A prerequisite for beginning a bachelor's degree (BA) is passing an audition. Auditions take place once a year and consist of various partial exams. All information about the audition can be found under “Information about the admissions procedure” further down the page.

A high school diploma is not necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: You can only apply for study programmes for which you have not yet obtained a degree!

Students of the Bachelor's programme are encouraged to complete a semester abroad. Semesters 5 and 6 of the degree programme are particularly suitable for this. In addition to subject-specific competences, a study period abroad can also lead to the acquisition and deepening of:

  • Subject-specific foreign language skills
  • General foreign-language skills (language comprehension, conversation, etc.)
  • Organisational skills, through independent planning of everyday student life in international administrative and university structures
  • Knowledge about international study systems, as well as broadening one's own subject perspective
  • Intercultural competences

Examinations and assessments taken during studies abroad can be approved by the Director of Studies as equivalents to compulsory subjects, elective sujects or free elective subjects required by the Mozarteum University for your degree course. The documents required for the approval procedure are to be submitted by the applicant immediately after their exchange semester.

Details at International Affairs.

Information on the admission process

prerequisite for admission to the Bachelor's degree programme (BA) is passing an audition. Application for an audtion takes place online, with applicants being required to submit an application video.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Evaluation of the application videos takes place after the application deadline and can take 4-6 weeks!
  • You can only apply for study programmes for which you have not yet obtained a degree!

A pre-selection of applicants will be made by the audition panel based on the videos submitted. The selected applicants will be invited to an on-site audition, which consists of several parts.

Registration takes place via the application portal [Link], where you must first create an application account. Please note that the automatic email to activate the account can often be found in the spam folder, so please be sure to check there if you think you have not received it. If you still have problems activating your account, please contact studieninfo@moz.ac.at.

Please ensure that you can be reached at the email address entered in your profile throughout the entire application process. If there are any changes, please update your profile yourself.

On the basis of the videos sent in, a pre-selection will be made by the examination board. 
The examination programme BA Double Bass has to be recorded completely and uploaded on a video platform of your choice:

  • an etude (e.g. by Simandl, Hrabé, Nanny, Kreutzer)
  • a classical concerto (two contrasting movements, e.g. by Dittersdorf, Vanhal, Cimador, Hoffmeister, Sperger)
  • a sonata or a concerto of free choice (two contrasting movements, e.g. by Bottesini, Koussevitzky, Mišek, Vivaldi, Eccles, Hindemith, Larsson)

Important information on the video upload can be found HERE, as well as the data protection information. The requirements mentioned there are to be observed urgently!

The programme presented must basically include representative pieces from several styles or epochs for the respective instrument, taking into account the technical and stylistic diversity. Concertos, solo pieces and caprices must be performed from memory (exception for modern and contemporary works after consultation with the examination committee). 
The following works must be prepared:

  • an etude (e.g. by Simandl, Hrabé, Nanny, Kreutzer)
  • a classical concerto (two contrasting movements, e.g. by Dittersdorf, Vanhal, Cimador, Hoffmeister, Sperger)
  • a sonata or concerto of free choice (two contrasting movements, e.g. by Bottesini, Koussevitzky, Mišek, Vivaldi, Eccles, Hindemith, Larsson)

An experienced répétiteur will be available during the exam; unfortunately, communication rehearsals are not possible. You have to bring your own sheet music!

Examination in basic knowledge of general music theory (written and oral), including an aural test.


Requirements in the written part of the examination (approx. 60 minutes):

•    Notation of melodies from memory
•    Continuation of given melodies
•    Composing a short melody to a given text
•    Noting down one-part and easy two-part melodic dictations as well as rhythmic dictations
•    Forming all triads and seventh chords including inversions (especially dominant-seventh chords in root position and 3rd inversion)
•    Recognising and notating simple figured basses as well as harmony functions and harmony steps in a musical context


Requirements in the oral part of the examination (5-10 minutes):

•    sight-reading
•    Listening to and naming intervals and simple chord progressions
•    Singing triads (in inversions) and dominant seventh chords (in root position only)
•    Listening to harmonic steps and dissonant neighbour notes
•    Extended cadence in major and minor in two different keys (on piano or guitar)

You can find an example of the exam as well as further help for preparation HERE.

Audition lasting approx. 10 minutes. The programme must consist of two pieces in different styles. The following examples illustrate the level of difficulty expected:

  • J.S. Bach: Notebook for Anna Magdalena
  • J. Haydn: Sonatas in C major, G major or F major (HOB: XVI: 7, 8 and 9)
  • R. Schumann: Album for the Youth, Op. 68

All applicants whose first language is not German must prove their German skills by the time of enrolment at the latest.

  • Required language level: at least A2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages GER 2001)
  • Information on the approved language certificates can be found HERE

The dates for 2024 can be found here.

A complete overview of all current entrance exam dates is here.

After passing Partial Examination A, you will be admitted to Partial Examinations B-D (possibly in a different order). The repetition of the sub-examinations A-C in case of failure is not permitted. The admission examination can only be repeated in its entirety and only in the next academic year. The admission examination can be repeated an unlimited number of times.

Time schedule:

  • Examination registration during the application period online via the registration portal for university applicants
    (ATTENTION: Registration only possible if documents are complete, including video!)
  • If the application video is positive: Invitation to the on-site entrance examination
  • Participation in the on-site admission test in May/June
  • if you pass the admission test: invitation to enrol for the degree programme
  • Enrolment during the general admission period

Please note that the Mozarteum University Salzburg offers various support options at the time of your audition and during your studies if you have a disability or a chronic illness.

If this applies to you and you would like to take advantage of counselling, please contact Claudia Haitzmann: claudia.haitzmann@moz.ac.at oder +43 676 88122 337.

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