Music Theory (M.Mus.)

1. Overview of the degree program


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

120 credit points

38 semester hours in the compulsory modules

8 semester hours in the elective compulsory modules

Admission requirements

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

A Bachelor's degree in Music or Musicology or an equivalent degree awarded by a university in Germany or abroad

Successful completion of a qualifying examination   

Entrance into the program only possible in the winter semester
Degree Master of Music (M.Mus.)
Course structure

Module examinations after the 2nd and 4th semester, Master's examination following the 4th semester

(For more information see module handbook)

Course contents

The course of studies encompasses the compulsory modules:

Major subject l : Musical composition

Major subject ll : Ear training

Major subject I: Modern composition techniques and didactics

Musicology and historical music theory

Musical practice: Figured bass and scoring, choir

Musical practice: Improvisation, instrumentation, new music

and the elective compulsory modules:

Major subject II: Analysis / theory

Major subject II: Composition

(one of these majors must be selected)

Interdisciplinary studies / Context studies

(For more information see module handbook)

Master's examination
  1. Module-by-module exams during the course of studies
  2. Written Master's thesis
  3. Final oral examination


2. Requirements for the qualifying examination


Practical oral examination

Duration: approx. 45 minutes

Sight-playing of a figured bass from the early 18th  century, analysis of a section of a piece (preparation time: none)

Presentation of the analysis on a prepared piece at the piano (preparation time: 1 day, presentation time: 15 minutes)

Selection from a prepared orchestral score with transposing instruments (preparation time: 1 hour)

Sight-singing of a difficult choral part

Aural analysis of modulations

Reproduction of notated or played rhythms Colloquium on musical theory

Written examination

Test duration approx. 120 minutes

Modulation of motifs for piano (based on a preliminary pattern) and

selection of one of the following three tasks:

  • vocal counterpoint for two voices in 16th century style and invention for two voices in figured bass counterpoint
  • motet for three voices in 16th century style or
  • fugue exposition for three voices with a subsequent interlude in figured bass counterpoint