Study at the Young Academy

The pre-college

The pre-college

Optimally prepared for music studies: The Young Academy of the HfMDK Frankfurt offers musically highly gifted young people comprehensive musical training parallel to their school education.

The main subject lessons on the instrument or in singing focus on the holistic development of the artistic personality: Experienced and successful professors support the young exceptional talents individually and intensively.

The subjects of correpetition, chamber music, new music as well as music theory and ear training are firmly anchored in the curriculum of the Young Academy. Excursions and freely selectable workshops, for example in physical training and movement theory, mental training or early music, additionally enrich the range of lessons.

The young students attend classes in music theory and ear training as well as the supplementary offers in blocks on Saturdays, so that the compatibility with school attendance is guaranteed.

Integrated into the everyday life of the HfMDK, the young students of the Young Academy gain valuable stage experience through performances at internal and public concerts of the university.

summer and winter semester
Start of study
14 to 18 years
Comprehensive pre-college programme for young, highly talented musicians

Dates & Deadlines

Dates & Deadlines

Dates and deadlines


Young Academy: Application deadline for winter semester 2024/25


Aptitude tests for the winter semester 2024/25*

subject to change
*You will receive details of your aptitude test dates with your invitation approx. 3 to 4 weeks before your aptitude test appointment.



Requirements for admission to the Young Academy of the HfMDK Frankfurt are:

  • The successful participation in an aptitude test, in which the exceptional musical talent, high technical ability and the artistic will to express oneself become apparent
  • the attendance of a general education school in Germany

The language of instruction is German.

Artistic majors offered at the Young Academy:

  • All instruments taught at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Faculty 1
  • Vocals



Online application

What do I need for the application?

Für Eltern: Einverständniserklärung für die Bewerbung an der Young Academy

Für Eltern: Einverständniserklärung für die Immatrikulation an der HfMDK

Proof of German language skills

Here you will find a list of required German language skills for all degree programs. Please check which of these requirements apply to your degree program.

Aptitude test

Aptitude test

The aptitude test consists of:

  1. the performance in the artistic major (approx. 15 min.) from a prepared programme
  2. a placement test in music theory/aural training
  3. an interview with the applicant (approx. 10-15 min)

Admission is granted after passing the aptitude test, taking into account the available teaching capacity within the HfMDK.

Lesefassung: Eignungsprüfungsordnung der HfMDK Frankfurt

[Nicht-amtliche Lesefassung. Stand: 15.04.2024]

Statutes and modules

Statutes and modules

Satzung und Modulbeschreibungen der Young Academy der HfMDK Frankfurt (2022)

[113/2022, 23.05.2022]

Questions & Contact

Questions & Contact

Questions about the study programme?

Questions about the online application?