You want to hit the stage, stride down the red carpet at film festivals, or become a concert pianist? Or are you the kind of person who would love to pass on your love of music or theatre to school pupils?
Whatever it is – the Rostock University of Music and Drama (hmt) stands for first-class training in both artistic and teacher-training degree courses, and enjoys international acclaim. Here, music, theatre and teacher training are united under one roof. And hmt is the only university of music in Germany that is located right next to the sea.
Jan (22) is studying to become a music teacher.
Tell us: Why are you studying here?
“My dream is to become a music teacher in MV! I grew up on the island of Rügen and have now managed to reach the mainland to study in Rostock. Although I received an offer of a study place in Sachsen, I wanted to remain in the north and close to the Baltic Sea and chose the small university in Rostock with its close-knit atmosphere.”
Study in an inspiring atmosphere at the Rostock University of Music and Drama. hmt’s concert hall regularly stages plays, orchestra and pop concerts performed by its students (photo: Bert Scharffenberg).
The building that has housed the Rostock University of Music and Drama since its founding in 1994 has a unique atmosphere. The so-called St. Katharinenstift can be described as one of Germany’s most beautiful university buildings. Built as a Franciscan monastery in the 13th century, the historical building was arduously restored and modernised 20 years ago. It now provides an inspiring atmosphere and ideal conditions for studies and performances.
hmt is a popular location for events. There are more than 300 performances every year. The spectrum ranges from classical concerts, to opera, theatre and pop events. Students gain various opportunities to perform in front of demanding audiences. hmt Rostock’s outstanding talents also have the chance to perform as soloists in concerts together with Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s largest orchestra, the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock.
The Rostock University of Music and Drama has three institutes. The Institute of Music trains musicians in all orchestral instruments. Students can also choose from degree courses in piano, piano duo, guitar, chamber music, singing, pop and world music with classical music, orchestral conducting, accompaniment, composition, music theory and instrumental/vocal music education. The Institute of Drama provides a Diplom degree course for drama and a master's degree course in drama education. The Institute of Musicology and Music Education runs the teacher-training degree courses for music and drama that are provided for all kinds of schools, as well as the master’s degree in musicology.
Depending on the degree course, successful students will be awarded a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Music, a Master of Arts, a Staatsexamen (State Examination) or a Diplom. hmt’s profile is enhanced by the degree course Pop and World Music with Classical Music that is unique to Germany. This field of study combines pop and classical music. hmt is also going new ways in the training of future teachers. The degree courses for future music teachers provide ideal amounts of practice thanks to, for example, the year of teaching at a school, the innovative application of new media and modularised study processes.
Every year, numerous students win international awards, e.g. the ARD International Music Competition and thus bear witness to the high standards of training. Many hmt graduates have gone on to have successful careers as artists, e.g. the Latvian star violinist Baiba Skride, the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Albena Danailova or the actress Theresa Weissbach.
Study within the walls of a monastery: The historic monastery complex in Rostock’s old town is considered to be the most beautiful university building in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Not only prospective students, but also current students can profit from the wide range of offers provided by the universities during the summer months. Every year, at the end of August, Rostock hosts the International Summer Campus that attracts young musicians from all over the world. Internationally renowned artists hold various masterclasses. During the day, the participants practise with the professional musicians holding the masterclasses; and in the evening, they perform concerts for interested audiences. The Summer Campus also provides the opportunity to rehearse as a soloist with a professional orchestra and to play in a concert that is part of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. For all of our fans of classical music, this means: you can look forward to various music highlights and, as the masterclasses are open to the public, you have the chance to look over the shoulder of outstanding musicians.