Teaching Certification in Music for Teaching at Secondary Schools (B. Ed. Music)

1. Overview of the degree program

Standard period of study 6 semesters (3 years)
Overall scope

65 credit points

58 semester hours in 8 compulsory modules

Admission requirements

University entrance qualification as per Art. 65 (1) of the University Act (HochSchG): General higher education entrance qualification

Successful completion of a qualifying examination

Entrance into the program possible in both summer and winter semester
Degree Bachelor of Education in Music (B.Ed. Music)
Program objective The degree program for the Teaching Certification for Teaching at Secondary Schools provides students with the academic skills and (in the case of students studying Fine Arts and Music) with the artistic talents to qualify to teach in these examination subjects at college preparatory secondary schools.
Major and minor subjects Instrumental major in combination with minor in voice, or major in voice in combination with instrumental minor
Course structure and content

The course leading to a teacher certification in music at college preparatory secondary school level encompasses:

1. Practical artistic training,

2. Music education training, and

3. Musicology training.

Compulsory modules:

  • Artistic practice I, II
    • Major subject instruction, minor subject instruction
  • Practical music theory
    • Composition and ear training, school-relevant piano playing
  • Ensemble
    • Choir and ensemble conducting, string or wind instruments, composition, dance
  • Musicology
    • Introduction to musicology, music history in overview, undergraduate seminar in musicology
  • Music didactics
    • Introduction to music education, project seminar
  • Artistic practice for schools
    • Major subject instruction, minor subject instruction, school-relevant piano playing, ensemble incl. ensemble conducting
  • Theory and instruction
    • Music theory, Musicology: Popular music, Music didactics: Intercultural music education

Each module concludes with a module-specific examination

(For more information see the module handbook.)

Other academic qualifications In-school internships
Bachelor's examination See module-specific examinations

2. Requirements for the qualifying examination

Examination: instrument/voice (major)

Presentation of three works from different stylistic periods as well as sight-playing of easy to moderately difficult unknown works; one of the works can be replaced by a free presentation of a piece from the Classical period or the jazz, rock, or pop field (song accompaniment, improvisation or similar).

Examination duration: approx. 15 minutes

Examination: school-relevant piano practice (minor)

Figured recital of extended cadences (the chords are encoded in three techniques: stage theory, function theory, and chord symbols; form: e.g.: four bars, tempo, and meter are to be selected by the candidate; the figuration can for example be arpeggio technique, melodic embellishment with the falsetto or the bass).

Lied playing: Presentation of a strophe from a prepared lied (Volkslied, Gospel or similar, melody played or melody sung but not played in accompaniment) and harmonization of a simple Volkslied from the sheet music.

Improvisation (simple improvisation from the area of classical music or from pop/rock/jazz music, such as improvisational continuation of a provided two-bar melody or improvisation using a blues form or improvisation of a provided chord progression in symbolic notation). Sight-playing of an easy piano passage.

Examination duration: approx. 10 minutes

Examination: voice and speech training minor

Extensive presentation of two art songs or one art song and an aria or one art song and a song to demonstrate a good singing voice; presentation of a text.

Examination duration: approx. 10 minutes

Examination: instrumental minor (voice major only)

Presentation of two easier works from different stylistic periods.

Examination duration: approx. 15 minutes

Examination: conducting of a vocal and/or instrumental music group

You may prepare either one canon or select an open task issued immediately beforehand (e.g. aural implementation of a sound poem, a musical graphic, or a rhythm).

Examination duration: approx. 10 minutes

Oral examination: ear training

Identification of intervals and chords as well as rhythms and meters, repetition and extension of presented melodic phrases; sight-singing of an easy choral voice; accompaniment of a song melody.

Examination duration: approx. 10 minutes

Written examination: ear training and composition / general music theory

Musical dictation (single and dual-voice tonal and free tonal musical dictation as well as rhythm examples).

Examination duration: 1 hour

Composition tasks and questions about general music theory (identification and notation of intervals and chords, explanation of specialized musical terminology and forms, notation of a short figured bass, polyharmonic passage for a provided melody).

Examination duration: 1 hour each