Organ score-reading and sight-playing (M.Mus.)

1. Overview of the degree program


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

120 credit points;

18 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 (For details see the examination regulations) Successful completion of a qualifying examination

Proficiency in English

Entrance into the program only possible in the winter semester, application deadline: May 1
Degree Master of Music (M. Mus.)
Program objective Graduates of the Master's degree program in Organ score-reading and sight-playing are capable of performing a challenging concert program on the organ. They are familiar with the most important works of the organ canon and possess a representative repertoire. The program endeavors to impart both a high level of expert qualification alongside a differentiated technical ability. Technical skill, musical proficiency, and artistic sensibility are hallmarks of this training, which builds the basis for the professional and artistic presentation of organ music in various contexts and situations. This includes promotion of skills in planning organ concerts and representative church services through independent preparation, design, and coordination. Beyond the training for concert-relevant careers, graduates are also qualified to handle the challenges facing organists of large church groups or urban churches.
Course structure and contents

The degree program encompasses seven compulsory modules and one elective compulsory module (interdisciplinary study/context study)

(For more information see the module handbook)

Master's examination

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

2. Practical artistic final exam

The final practical-artistic examination takes the form of a public concert with the presentation of works from at least four stylistic periods, with one work in chamber music style.


2. Requirements for the qualifying examination


Requirements  On registering for the qualifying examination, a list of styles and forms mastered prior to entering the program must be submitted.
Subject of the examination in the Organ score-reading and sight-playing major

Duration: approx. 20 minutes

Performance of organ works from four different periods, including an outer movement from a trio sonata by J. S. Bach or a choral concertante prelude, such as BWV 650, 664, 676, 688