All you need to start your study program at the HfM Saar

Applying for a study program in winter semester 2020/21

The Hochschule für Musik Saar has managed to conduct many aptitude tests in person even under the currently difficult conditions, but some aptitude tests still have to be done digitally. Applicants will be informed of the type of their aptitude test.

Please note the following requirements for your video file in mp4 format:

  • The film file must begin with a short welcome text spoken by you, in which you enter your name and the desired study program. 
  • The file should contain your prepared program (according to the HfM Saar aptitude test regulation) with a duration of 15-20 minutes without editing.
  • As a candidate you must always be visible with your instrument in the picture. Image and sound must not be changed or edited.

Please upload the file uncompressed and with the following title structure: Name_Vorname_Instrument_Study program (Example: Mustermann_Erika_Violine_BA_Künstlerischpädagogisch.mp4) on the server provided for this purpose, together with a scan of the completed affidavit (if possible as a PDF).


Address for application and contact person

Hochschule für Musik Saar
Barbara Hartz (Ms.)
Bismarckstr. 1
D-66111 Saarbrücken

Phone: + 49 (0) 681 96731-48

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