Church Music (B. Mus)

Overview of the degree program

 

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

137 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.

The secondary school certificate (Realschulabschluss) is sufficient if the applicant passes the qualifying examination in the major subject with a minimum grade of “good” and the qualifying examination as a whole.

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 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 I a and I b (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 II a and II b (Prot. resp. Cath.)
Liturgical organ playing / improvisation / seminar about stylistics, liturgics / theological basics (Prot. resp. Cath.)

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

Major liturgics in theory and artistic practice V a and V b (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, 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 / voice training, practicing choir, university choir

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

Major ensemble conduction III
Choral conduction, singing and speech training / voice training, children’s and youth’s choral conduction, practicing choir, university choir, orchestral conduction

Major ensemble conduction IV
Choral conduction, singing and speech training / voice training, 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

All modules except the modules “Major liturgics in theory and artistic practice I a and I b (Prot. resp. Cath.)”, “Major artistic training II”, “Major ensemble conduction II” and “Artistic training minors I” conclude with a module-specific examination. The participation in the choir of the School of Music / Jazz choir is compulsive for five semesters (three semesters in the choir of the School of Music and two semesters in the Jazz choir or four semesters in the choir of the School of music and one semester in the Jazz choir). In consultation with the department administration, there is the possibility to absolve two semesters with appropriate qualified choirs and expert staff. 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.
(For more information see the module handbook)

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)

 

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)