Bachelor KirchenmusikBachelor of Music/Church Music

Bachelor of Music/ Church Music

An eight-semester program for beginning students

Professors/Faculty Members

Prof. Matthias Maierhofer (Organ)
Prof. David Franke (Organ and Improvisation)
Hon.-Prof. Karl-Ludwig Kreutz (Improvisation)
Stephan Kreutz (Liturgical Organ playing)
Jörg Josef Schwab (Liturgical Organ playing)
Prof. Frank Markowitsch (Choral Conducting)
Haek-Kyung Jung (Conducting of children's choirs)
Hon.-Prof. Boris Böhmann (Conducting of children's choirs)
Christoph Schäfer (Hymnology)
Andreas Liebig (Orgelstilkunde)
Stefan Metz (Gregorian Studies and German Liturgical Songs)
Hon.-Prof. Dr. Meinrad Walter (Liturgical Studies)
Prof. Dr. Reiner Marquard (Protestant Theology)

Curriculum

Major field lessons in Organ, Conducting, Voice, Theory/Ear Training/Musicology, church music-specific fields, College Choir, Church Music Pedagogy, elective modules

Courses of Study Available after Successful Completion of Bachelor of Music/Church Musik

Master of Music/Church Music

Special Information

degree course curriculum - evangelical (in German)
graphical degree course curriculum - evangelical (in German)
degree course curriculum - catholic (in German)
graphical degree course curriculum - catholic (in German)
module manual - evangelical (in German)
module manual - catholic (in German)

Application Deadlines

Entrance examination for summer semester: 1 December
 Entrance examination for winter semester: 1 April
Registration fee: 50 €

Tuition and Fees

enrollment/registration fees and student activity fees 

Formal Requirements for the Entrance Examination

  • Completed registration form (PRINTOUT) including supplementary documentation
  • Passport photo
  • Complete curriculum vitae
  • High School diploma (if not in German: certified German translation)
  • For students without university entrance qualification: declaration by applicant confirming willingness to take extra an qualifying examination in addition to the regular entrance examination
  • For FAB applicants: current school certificate stating anticipated high school graduationUniversity/college certificates/diplomas (if not in German: certified German translation)
  • For Bachelor of Music as well as Master of Music applicants who are not German native speakers: certificate language test level B1
  • For minors: statement of consent by legal guardians
  • Proof of payment of 50 EUR registration fee (not applicable for FAB applicants) see bank details on registration form
  • two envelopes addressed to yourself size A4 and C6 plus corresponding International Coupons

Artistic Requirement for the Entrance Examination

Excerpt from the Matriculation Regulations

1. Major field examination for Organ, approx. 15 minutes

  • Performance of two choral preludes from the Orgelbüchlein and one freely selected work by J.S. Bach as well as one work from the 19th or 20th century. Sight-reading. Harmonization of a hymn from the German hymnbook with intonation/prelude.

The examination commission selects the pieces to be performed from the applicant’s list of examination pieces. The commission may interrupt the performance of a piece at any time due to time constraints.
 Assessment criteria: artistic interpretation, accurate rendering of the piece, technical ability, and a choice of pieces which corresponds to the applicant's own ability. Foreign students will also be assessed for sufficient knowledge of German.

2. General examination

Piano as required field approx. 10 minutes

  • Performance of three piano compositions (original works) in three different styles; sight-reading of a simple piece.

Voice approx. 10 minutes
The examination serves the purpose of determining whether the applicant has a trainable singing and speaking voice.

  • Performance of three choral works of differing character; one may be a folk song or hymn (or song or Gregorian chant), while the others must be art songs or arias. Performance of the work from memory is desired. Please bring the music in the appropriate key for the accompanist.
  • Structured performance of a short prepared spoken text (poem or prose). 

Ear training and theory  written test

  • Ear training: simple tonal melodic dictation, simple tonal two-voice dictation. (Each about 15 minutes long.)
  • Elementary theory: demonstration of basic knowledge of music and the ability to complete harmonies. Realization of a short figured bass, harmonization of a brief melody (in two, three, or four voices), completion of a given musical phrase. (Duration: approx. 45 minutes.)

Ear training and theory oral test

  • Ear training: sight-singing, rhythmic imitation, recognition of scales, intervals, chords, and simple chord progressions.
  • Basic theoretical knowledge: simple technical analyses of a piece (determination of key, chord forms, and chordal functions), cadences and harmonization of a simple melody on the piano.

Total duration approx. 10 minutes.

see
Practice Theory Test  and
Melodic Dictation

Detailed and legally binding information can be found in the Matriculation Regulations (download from this page)

Further Information in German:

Studien- und Prüfungsordnungordnung Bachelor Kirchenmusik
Anlage zur Studien- und Prüfungsordnung Bachelor Kirchenmusik

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