Church Music (B. Mus)

1. Overview of the degree program

Standard period of study 8 semesters (4 years)
Overall scope 240 credit Points

140 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 General Certificate of Secondary Education (f.i. Realschulabschluss) does qualify to enroll if a candidate has passed the aptitude test in the major subject organ with a score of at least “13” and has passed all the other parts of the aptitude test as well.

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 submit a DSH certificate for at least the Level DSH-1-GERR (or equivalent). The authorization expires if the certificate is not submitted in time.

Entrance into the program only possible in the winter semester
Degree Bachelor of Music (B. Mus.)
Program objective The Bachelor's degree program is a basic course of artistic study that leads to an academic qualification for a future career.

The goal is to provide individuals with sufficient artistic talent with the necessary artistic, educational, and other professionally significant core skills and competencies to enable them to work successfully as a professional church musician.
Course structure and
content
The degree program encompasses 20 compulsory modules:

Major liturgics in theory and artistic practice 1.1a/1.2a and 1.1b/1.2b (Prot. resp. Cath.)
Liturgical organ playing / improvisation / seminar about stylistics, liturgics / theological basics (Prot. resp. Cath.), liturgical singing and community singing (Prot.) resp. Gregorian choral (Cath.)

Major liturgics in theory and artistic practice 2.1a/2.2a and 2.1b/2.2b (Prot. resp. Cath.)
Liturgical organ playing / improvisation / seminar about stylistics, liturgics / theological basics (Prot. resp. Cath.)

Major liturgics in theory and artistic practice 3.1a/3.2a and 3.1b/3.2b (Prot. resp. Cath.)
Liturgical singing and community singing, hymnology, Gregorian choral (Prot.) resp. German liturgical singing and Gregorian choral (Cath.)

Major liturgics in theory and artistic practice 4.1a/4.2a uad 4.1b/4.2b (Prot. resp. Cath.)
Jazz and popular music, liturgical organ playing / improvisation / seminar about stylistics, jazz and popular music, liturgics / theological basics (Prot. resp. Cath.)

Major liturgics in theory and artistic practice 5.1a/5.2a and 5.1b/5.2b (Prot. resp. Cath.)
Liturgical organ playing / improvisation / seminar about stylistics, liturgics / theological basics (Prot. resp. Cath.)

Major artistic training I
Organ score-reading and sight-playing, stylistics (organ literature)

Major artistic training II
Organ score-reading and sight-playing, study of organ building, participation in three public concerts and three church services

Major artistic training III
Organ score-reading and sight-playing, study of organ building, participation in three public concerts and three church services

Major artistic training IV
Organ score-reading and sight-playing, didactics/methodology of organ lessons (literature/improvisation), six-week internship in a church congregation

Major ensemble conduction I
Choral conduction, singing and speech training, practicing choir, choir

Major ensemble conduction II
Choral conduction, singing and speech training, children’s and youth’s choral conduction, practicing choir, choir, orchestral conduction

Major ensemble conduction III
Choral conduction, singing and speech training, practicing choir, choir, orchestral conduction

Major ensemble conduction IV
Choral conduction, practicing choir, orchestral conduction

Artistic training minors I
Piano playing, figured bass playing

Artistic training minors II
Piano playing, figures bass playing, score-playing

Artistic training minors III
Piano playing, score-playing

Music theory / ear training I
Composition, ear training

Music theory / ear Training II
Composition, ear training, instrumentation / arrangement

Music comprehension I
Music history, incl. academic working methods, history of church music

Music comprehension II
History of church music, repertoire analysis

For more information see the annex of the Examination regulations relating to the respective course of studies and the module handbook respectively.

The participation in writing workshops by the university’s “Schreibwerkstatt” (Introduction in academic working methods) and in events by “Studium generale” is strongly recommended. A stay abroad is recommended after the 4th or 6th semester.

Bachelor's examination • Module-by-module exams during the course of studies
• Written Bachelor's thesis (7 credit points)
• Practical artistic final examination (12 credit points)

2. Requirements for the qualifying examination

Organ major

Examination duration: approx. 15 minutes

• Presentation of four-part accompanying passage with intonations to church songs (with pedal) based on a single-voice pattern (unprepared); own prepared improvisational contributions are welcome to be presented
• Presentation of three studied organ compositions of moderate difficulty from different periods, including one by Johann Sebastian Bach
• Sight-playing

Piano minor Examination duration: approx. 10 minutes

• Presentation of two works from different periods
Voice minor Examination duration: approx. 10 minutes

• Presentation of two works from different periods
Ear training (written and oral) Examination duration: 1 hour

• Musical dictation (single and dual-voice tonal and free tonal musical dictation as well as rhythm examples)
Examination duration: approx. 10 minutes

• Identification and singing of intervals and chords as well as rhythm and meters, repetition (instrumental or voice) and expansion of melodic phrases that are presented, accompaniment of a song melody, sight-singing of a moderately difficult choral part
General music and composition training (written) 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)