Jazz and Popular Music (B.Mus.)
1. Overview of the degree program
|Standard period of study||8 semesters (4 years)|
240 credit points
155 semester hours in the compulsory modules
8 semester hours in elective compulsory modules
University entrance qualification as per Art. 33 and 65 (1-2) of the University Act (HochSchG): General higher education entrance qualification or a discipline-specific admission qualification
In derogation from this, a general Certificate of Secondary Education (for example Realschulabschluss) does qualify to enroll if a candidate has passed the qualifying examination in his/her chosen artistic major subject with a score of at least “13” and has passed all the other parts of the aptitude test as well.
Successful completion of a qualifying examination
Candidates applying for the aptitude test, who have neither a German general qualification for university entrance nor a degree / graduation in a German speaking course of studies have to prove sufficient knowledge of the German language (comparable with level A1-GERR). This can be proven either through submission of appropriate test certificates or through a conversation with the Board of Examiners during the qualifying examination. If necessary, the Board of Examiners advices to take part in study-integrated German classes according to the respective language skills.
|Entrance into the program||only possible in the winter semester|
|Degree||Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)|
|Program objective||The Bachelor's degree program in Jazz and Pop Music is a basic course of artistic study that leads to an academic qualification for a future career. The degree program prepares students for a career as jazz musician or artist in the popular music field.|
|Course structure and content||
Corcerning possible combinations of major and minor subjects please see the annex of the Examination regulations.
The degree program encompasses 15 compulsory modules:
and two elective compulsory modules
All modules except Ensemble I, II, III, IV, the internship. the elective compulsory modules Music and media I, and Interdisciplinary studies / Context studies conclude with a module-specific examination.
(For more information see the annex of the Examination regulations relating to the respective course of studies and the module handbook respectively.)
Module-by-module exams during the course of studies
Final concert (artistic performance final examination) (51 credit points)
2. Requirements for the qualifying examination
Recital, approx. 15 minutes in length
Drum set: Performance of three pieces (standards or own compositions) with accompanying band, presentation of a simple solo transcription, presentation of a snare etude, sight-playing of a notated model. The pieces should be of different styles and tempos.
Other instrumental majors: Performance of three pieces (standards or own compositions) with accompanying band. The pieces should be of different styles and tempos. Presentation of a simple solo transcription, sight-playing of a notated model.
Voice major: Presentation of three pieces from the area of jazz and pop music with accompanying band. The pieces should be of different styles and tempos. Presentation of a simple solo transcription, sight-singing of a notated model. Examination duration: approx. 15 minutes
Recital, approx. 10 minutes in length
Piano: Presentation of an easy, notated model (roughly of the degree of difficulty of Chick Corea's Children's Song or Schumann's Album für die Jugend), presentation of a jazz standard (melody and harmonies), presentation of simple jazz cadence forms (such as I-VI-II-V-I) on request.
Drum set: Presentation of two jazz pieces in different grooves.
Other minor subjects: Presentation of two simple standards (without improvisation).
Applicants who have not selected piano as either a major or minor subject must demonstrate elementary knowledge of piano during the qualifying examination as a fundamental skill required for the subject of practical piano. This includes, for example, playing of a simple piano piece or a simple chord progression.
Written examination, duration 1 hour
Intervals, three and four note chords, single voice melodic dictations, listening to and notating a rhythm, identification of scales and simple chord progressions. 1 hour.
Written examination, duration 1 hour
Demonstration of fundamental knowledge of general musical theory, chord symbols, basic principles of chord-scale theory, completion of a melody as a piano part using chord symbols, harmonization of a short melodic section as a piano part or using chord symbols, completion of a melody based on its provided beginning, explanation of key musical terms.