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B.Mus. Popular Music
Bachelor of Music

B.Mus. Popular Music

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Noah Legner

The B.Mus. Popular music 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 centre of the studies. You will benefit from an international network of professors and students from various fields of the creative industries and advance your ambitions as an artist and songwriter in the national and international music industry.

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  • Overview
All facts at a glance
Degree Bachelor of Music
Credit Points


Duration of Study

7 semesters

Start Date

Summer term (in English) 1 April | Winter term (in German) 1 October

Admission Requirements

Distinct skills and abilities on a musical instrument or in singing

Entrance qualification for German universities. Please check your qualification here. Qualification assessment via preselection and admission exam: musical presentation, study-specific tasks/tests and interview

Languages German / English
Semester abroad/internship

during the 5th semester

Application deadlines

Winter-term: For Non-EU applications: 30 May / For EU: 30 July 
Summer-term: For Non-EU applications: 30 November / For EU: 30 January 

Application as alternate for vacated places is possible up until the beginning of the respective semester.


EUR 750,- per month

>> Important: Since 16 June 2020 there is a change in the enrolment fee: €500 (EU/EEA students; €900 (Non-EU/EEA students). <<

Further information on tuition, matriculation fees and various financing options can be found here. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. 

Content, Objective and Course Structure

The artistic and creative popular musician: songwriter, interpreter and band musician

Throughout the entire course, 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 provide support in working on their own material - even beyond the actual teaching activities. An own club concert series, regular living room concerts, jam sessions, 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.

First semester - Basics in theory and practice  

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 musical fire test at the first semester concert are on the agenda.

Second Semester - Development and Performance

In the second semester, students concentrate on the quality of their own performance. They practice making music live in front of an audience, in the studio or as part of a 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.

Third Semester - Songwriting und Recording

In the third semester the focus is on writing and producing own 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, setup 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.

Fourth semester - Arranging and Stage Training

In the fourth semester, students practice arranging and writing their own compositions and those of others. In addition, they acquire knowledge in dealing with different instrument groups and gain routine in working with notation and production programs. In addition, the students train performance techniques from the areas of acting, dance, movement and groovetraining and learn strategies for physical and mental preparation for specific situations on stage and in the studio (Alexander Technique, Yoga, back school, etc.).

Fifth semester – Internship/Study abroad

The fifth semester is all about practice. During an internship at home or abroad or studies abroad, students expand their professional repertoire in a targeted manner and establish direct contact with business and the various music scenes.

Sixth semester - Music Business and Pedagogy

In the sixth semester, students enter the field of music pedagogy, learn about various methods of individual and group instruction, and increasingly place their own artistic work in the educational context. At the same time the students learn to better understand the music business and develop the Do's and Dont's of successful self-marketing, the most important sales tools as well as basic tools in the areas of promotion, merchandise and fundraising.

Seventh semester - Artist Development and Thesis

In the seventh semester, students substantiate their career aspirations and complete their studies. Topics related to Artist Development are now on the agenda, including the development and maintenance of their own portfolio, the creation of the press kit, EP production, as well as concert and tour planning. In addition, the students decide on the field of study of music pedagogy with the independent management of a teaching sequence. At the end of their studies, they write their B.A. thesis. This consists of an artistic and creative part and a scientifically reflective part that makes reference to it.

Career Perspectives

Popular Music: Excellence for tomorrow’s music

Popular Musicians compose and interpret songs, either in accordance with their own creative ideas or as required by others. As a song-writer, musician and band member you will be part of performances, events and publications.

A B.Mus. in Popular Music will prepare you for a number of freelance careers:

  • author/composer, adapter/arranger/orchestrator, performer/musician
  • sound-engineer/sound technician for concerts, events, theatre, radio, TV, sound carriers

..you could also collaborate with:

  • song-writers/composers, lyricists, speakers, bands/music groups, orchestras
  • producers, sound studios, clients from industry and business

…or employment with:

  • production companies, ensembles, concert organisers, apprenticing companies
  • phono-industry, labels, publishers, distributors, TV and radio stations, PR and marketing agencies

 “Show us what you’ve got!” – How to apply for the Bachelor programme Popular Music at hdpk:

Our admission procedure is two-tiered: a first pre-selection is done based on your application documents and the artistic work samples. If you pass this pre-selection screening we will invite you to come to Berlin for our practical admission exam.


Applicants to the SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk) must have either general entrance qualification for university or for advanced technical college and, as part of the enrolment procedure, will be asked to provide evidence of their musical-design talents. We will specifically be looking for:

  • a strong motivation to express yourself and to design
  • good command of your instrument/vocals
  • basic theoretical and practical knowledge of popular music

Students applying from abroad are requested to provide proof of adequate English language skills, both verbal and in writing (level B2 minimum). 

The following documents will need to be submitted:

  • letter of motivation stating: 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: three one-minute song fragments (MP3), presenting your own instrumental or vocal abilities, in addition to written descriptions of these submissions. At least one sample needs to have been composed or arranged by you.

We have summarized more detailed information about the application for you.


Following your successful pre-selection screening you will be invited to the hdpk for a practical examination. This will allow us to assess your study-programme-specific knowledge, your creativity, your commitment to express yourself creatively and your motivation. During the exam you will be requested to perform two titles, chosen by you, one of which should be either composed or arranged/adapted by you.

Tune in!

Our hdpk playlist on Spotify features current and former students of our study degree programs B.A. Musikproduktion, B.Mus. Popular Music or B.A. Audio Design. All songs were either (co-)composed, interpreted, engineered and/or produced by members of our hdpk family.

Listen now: Playlist

hdpk Sessions with B.Mus. Popular Music Students

Questions about the programme? Contact us.

Get to know us!

Noah Legner

University Administration

Prospect management
Room 625
Potsdamer Str. 188
10783 Berlin
Telephone +49 (0) 30 233 2066 17 Send an email

Director of B.Mus. Popular Music

Robert Keßler

Prof. Robert Keßler

Programme Director

for the B.Mus. Popular Music & B.A. Music Production | Professor for Instrumental & Ensemble playing and Performance Practice
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