Jazz and Popular Music (M.Mus.)

1. Overview of the degree program

Standard period of study 4 semesters (2 years)
Overall scope

120 credit points

54 semester hours in the compulsory modules

Admission requirements

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.

Successful completion of a qualifying examination

A Bachelor's degree in jazz and popular music or an equivalent degree awarded by a university in Germany or abroad. In exceptional cases, proof of a bachelor's degree in music can be accepted as admission requirement.

Good command of English

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

possible in both summer and winter semester

Degree Master of Music (M.Mus.)
Program objective The consecutive Master's degree program is an artistic degree program that builds on an initial professional university degree and leads to an additional academic qualification for a future career. It is designed to provide participants with in-depth, specialized musical/artistic and academic insights and skills.
Course structure and contents

The course of studies encompasses the compulsory modules:

Artistic training l

Instrumental or voice major subject or major subject composition, master project (instrumental or voice major only), orchestral project (composition major only), Jazzforum, recording project

Artistic training ll

Instrumental or voice major subject or major subject composition, project work, Jazzforum

Ensemble l, ll

Ensembles, big band

Music Theory

Advanced jazz theory / improvisation, composition/arrangement


Module-specific examinations after the second and fourth semester.
(For more information see the annex of the Examination regulations relating to the respective course of studies and the module handbook respectively.)

Other academic qualifications Internship (4 semester hours)
Master's examination

1. Module-by-module exams during the course of studies

2. Final performance examination

For Composition major: additional studio recording

2. Requirements for the qualifying examination

Major subject

Test duration: approx. 20 Min.

Instrumental major: Presentation of four pieces with improvisational elements in various styles. Sight-playing.

Jazz voice major: Presentation of four pieces with improvisational elements in various styles. Sight-singing.

Composition / Arrangement major: Presentation of three own compositions (at least one title for a large ensemble, such as big band or orchestra) and one arrangement that has been recorded to CD (midi file also possible). Duration of the works at least three minutes each. Sight-playing.

Ear training / Jazz theory

Oral examination (examination duration approx. 20 min.)

Playback of chord sequences and melodic phrases

Harmonization with a provided melody

Questions related to the specific subject

Ear training

Written examination (duration 1 hour)

Dictation of brief melodic phrases (such as excerpts from instrumental solos) including the respective underlying harmonies

Rhythm dictation

Jazz theory Written examination (duration 1 hour) Harmonization and arrangement of a provided melody.