The HfMDK aims to promote especially talented young people who are still attending school (a high school in Germany) by allowing them to enroll as pre-college students. To be eligible for this, the young person must pass an entrance examination in which he/she demonstrates his/her exceptional artistic gift. The nature and content of the examination are described in our examination regulations. The examination will be held in the student's major only. The age of the applicant will be taken into account in the examination. The Examination Committee will make a decision based on their overall impression.
Young people can retain pre-college student status until they reach the age of regular university entrance, i.e. until the age of 18. The lower limit – the youngest age at which a pre-college student is eligible for the program – depends on the individual’s artistic, intellectual and physical development and on the major subject. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. The lower age limit for voice students, for example, may be 16 or 17, but it may be lower for certain instruments. In order to optimally promote truly great talents, which are always exceptions, there is no fixed minimum age.
Pre-college students admitted to the university have extra-mural status. They are required to pay the fee for extra-mural students receiving individual tuition, in the amount of 500€ per semester pursuant to Article 1 of the Statutes of the University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main on fees for extra-mural students in accordance with Article 64, section 2, clause 3 HHG by April 23, 2007. They are not eligible for a semester ticket. Pre-college students are entitled to use the University’s practice rooms.
Pre-college students will receive 1.5 hours per week individual tuition and if they have time and have achieved a sufficient level of proficiency they can play in the orchestra or in ensembles and also attend music theory classes.
The program normally runs until the student enters a regular full-time study program. Pre-college periods of study can later be credited for full-time study.
If during the promotion period it becomes evident that the special talent originally identified is not capable of developing sufficiently or if the pre-college student is not able to apply the requisite level of discipline, the Admissions Examination Committee may terminate the pre-college phase at the request of the student's major teacher and after consulting with the student.
The University deliberately avoids making hard and fast rules for this program. These would only hinder the objective of finding and promoting highly talented young people, since this sensitive area can be approached only with maximum flexibility.
December 1 for the following summer semester
April 1 for the following winter semester
in the summer and winter semesters
Head of Academic and Student Affairs
General program advisor and contact person for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses
Office hours by appointment
Assistant to the Head of Academic and Student Affairs
Room C 103