Voice (Opera and Concert) (B. Mus.)

1. Overview of the degree program

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

240 credit points

114 semester hours in the compulsory modules

Admission requirements

University entrance qualification as per Art. 65 (1) of the University Act (HochSchG): General higher education entrance qualification or a discipline-specific admission qualification

Successful completion of a qualifying examination

Entrance into the program  only possible in the winter semester
Degree  Bachelor of Music (B. Mus.)
Program objective  The degree program prepares students for a career as an opera or concert singer.
Course  structure and content

The degree program encompasses 13 compulsory modules:

  • Artistic Practice  I
    • Voice
    • Répétiteur work
    • Sight-singing
    • Physiology of the voice
    • Training of body conditioning
    • Movement and dance
    • Scenic improvisation
    • Dialog arrangement
  • Artistic Practice II
    • Piano
  • Artistic Practice III
    • Voice
    • Répétiteur work
    • Song arrangement
  • Artistic Practice IV
    • Piano
    • Scenic arrangement
    • Dialog arrangement
    • Role study and ensemble oratorio
    • Role study and ensemble opera
  • Artistic Practice V
    • Voice
    • Répétiteur work
    • Song arrangement
    • Style and influence of 18th century music
  • Artistic Practice VI
    • Scenic arrangement
    • Dialog arrangement
    • Role study and ensemble oratorio
    • Role study and ensemble opera
  • Italian I
  • Italian II
  • Music Theory / Ear Training I
    • Composition
    • Ear training
    • Form and structural analysis
  • Music Theory / Ear Training II
    • Composition
    • Ear training
    • Instrumentation / Arrangement
  • Music comprehension and music teaching I
    • Music history, incl. academic working methods
    • Repertoire analysis
  • Music comprehension and music teaching II
    • Music history, incl. academic working methods
    • Repertoire analysis
    • Introduction to music education I
  • Repertoire analysis and music teaching III
    • Introduction to music education II
    • New Music

Other requirements:

Participation in the choir or a vocal ensemble is mandatory for four semesters over the course of the degree program.

All modules except the Artistic Practice V module conclude with a final module examination.

(For more information see the module handbook.)

Bachelor's examination
  • Module-by-module exams during the course of studies
  • Written Bachelor's thesis (6 credit points)
  • Practical artistic final examination (11 credit points)

 

2. Requirements for the qualifying examination

 Voice major

Examination duration: approx. 10 minutes

Reciting of at least two art songs and two arias (opera and oratorio) from different periods, sight-singing of an art song

 Piano minor

Examination duration: approx. 10 minutes

Presentation of two easier pieces from different periods

 Ear training, oral

Examination duration: approx. 10 minutes

Identification 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

 Written examination

Examination duration: 1 hour

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).

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