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. Frank Markowitsch (Choral Conducting)
Dr. Michael Belotti (History of Church Music, Organ Style Studies)
Christoph Hönerlage (Gregorian Studies and German Liturgical Songs)
Christoph Schäfer (Hymnology, Liturgical Studies)
Dr. Meinrad Walter (Liturgical Studies)
Prof. Dr. Reiner Marquard (Protestant Theology)


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

  • Complete curriculum vitae
  • School and college certificates/diplomas (certified copies and German translation, if applicable)
  • Proof of payment of registration fee
  • Passport photo
  • For minors: statement of consent by legal guardians
  • for applicants without university entrance qualification: declaration by applicant confirming willingness to take an extra qualifying examination in addition to the regular entrance examination
  • Completed registration form (PRINTOUT) including supplementary documentation  

Anmeldung zur Aufnahmeprüfung   

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.

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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