Church Music (M.Mus.)

1. Overview of the degree program

Standard period of study 4 semesters

Overall scope

61-66 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 Bachelor's degree in church music or an equivalent degree awarded by a university in Germany or abroad.

Good command of English

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 prove sufficient knowledge of the German language (comparable with level A1-GERR). This can be proven either through submission of appropriate test certificates or through a conversation with the Board of Examiners during the qualifying examination. If necessary, the Board of Examiners advices to take part in study-integrated German classes according to the respective language skills.

Entrance into the program possible in winter and summer semester
Degree Master of Music (M. Mus.)
Program objective

The goal is to educate church musicians with a Master's degree in church music who are suitable for applications with an outstanding profile in the catholic and protestat church.

It is expected that graduants of this degree have advanced considerably their artistic personality in all of the four main fields of activity compared to graduents of the Bachelor's degree:
Competences in leading choirs and orchestras have to fulfil higher requirements just as competences in Organ score-reading, sight-playing and improvisation. At the same time there is the possibilty of a special emphasis in individual fields.

Alongside the liturgical tasks the graduants will be prepared for intercommunal tasks in the context of further education in the field of church music as much as in artistic and organizational fields.

Course structure The Master's studies include the following courses, although there is the possibility of individual focuses on compulsory modules.
Course content

Major artistic training Organ score-reading and sight-playing I

Organ score-reading and sight-playing, stylistics, didactics / methodology of organ lessons (literature / improvisation), piano or historic keyboard instrument (Cembalo or historic Organ)

Major artistic training Organ score-reading and sight-playing II

Organ score-reading and sight-playing, stylistics, piano or historic keyboard instrument (Cembalo or historic Organ)

Major artistic liturgical Organ playing / improvisation I

Liturgical Organ playing / improvisation, didactics of liturgical Organ playing/improvisation (guided teaching practice), music theory

Major artistic liturgical Organ playing / improvisation II

Liturgical Organ playing / improvisation, music theory

Major artistic ensemble conducting I

Orchestral conduction, choral conduction, practicing choir, choir, singing, children's and youth's choral conduction and speech training, Gregorian chorale

Major artistic ensemble conducting II

Orchestral conduction, choral conduction, practicing choir, choir, singing, children's and youth's choral conduction and speech training

Major artistic ensemble conducting III

Orchestral conduction, choral conduction, practicing choir

Elective compulsory module:

You can chose from a widespread offer of lectures/teaching sessions. It is obligatory to receive 10 credit points. It is possible to enroll for a maximum of two courses with one-to-one lessons; these courses have to be taken over a period of two semesters.
Possible courses: Figured bass and scoring, singing, song accompaniment / Jazz and Popular Music, offer from courses at the catholic and/or protestant theology, Gregorian chorale, acustics for musicians, introductions to sound techniques and music productions, music management, context studies, Rock-/Pop-/Jazz-choir.

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

Master's examination

Four artistic-practical Master's examination: Organ score-reading and sight-playing,  liturgical Organ playing / improvisation, Orchestral conduction, choral conduction

Written final assignment

 

 

2. Requirements for the qualifying examination

Organ

  • presentation of Organ pieces from four different epochs, containing the first or last from a trio sonata from J.S. Bach or a choral prelude of concertante style, e.g. BWV 650, 664, 676, 688 (Duration of the examination ca. 20 minutes)
  • Improvised intonations and cantus firmus arrangements in different forms of your own choice; song accompaniment based on a single voice pattern, also with emphasize on c.f. plus transpositions of church songs (Duration of examination ca. 10 minutes)

Examination in the subject of Conducting

Practice work with a university choir (Duration of examination ca. 30 minutes).
Applicants can get the task one week before the examination on request at the Academic Office (Studienbüro).

Examination in the subject of Singing

Presentation of a baroque aria and an art song (Duration of examination max. 10 minutes).