Master KirchenmusikMaster of Music/Church Music

Master of Music / Church Music

A four-semester program for graduates of a bachelor program

Professoren/Lehrkräfte

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, Conducting Children's Choirs (choral conducting), Theology, Ear Training, Music Theory, elective modules (essential), Musicology, Music Education, Music Medicine, elective modules

Special Information

degree course curriculum (in German)
graphical degree course curriculum (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
  • School and college certificates/diplomas (certified copies and German translation, if applicable)
  • For students without university entrance qualification: declaration by applicant confirming willingness to take extra an qualifying examination in addition to the regular entrance examination
  • foreign-language applicants: certificate of language test (DTZ, Deutschtest für Zuwanderer), Type B1.
  • For minors: statement of consent by legal guardians
  • Proof of payment of 50 EUR registration fee; 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 in Organ, approx. 20 minutes

  • Performance of organ works in four different styles, including one by J.S. Bach, one from the Romantic Period, and one written after 1930.

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.  Further tests 
Improvisation/liturgical organ playing, approx. 10 minutes

  • Three comparative treatments of a given hymn in various forms.

Conducting, approx. 40 minutes
The examination serves the purpose of determining whether the applicant has a trainable singing and speaking voice.

  • Rehearsal work with a college ensemble 
     The applicant receives the task at least one week before the examination. The applicant must include information on whether he/she wants to carry out this part of the examination in choir conducting or orchestra conducting.
  • Field-specific ear-training test: intervals, chords and chord combinations, tasks involving listening to intonation, errors, rhythm/meter
  • Voice 
     Performance of two songs of differing character (please bring music for the accompanist)

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

Further Information in German

Studien- und Prüfungsordnung Master Kirchenmusik
Anlage zur Studien- und Prüfungsordnung Master Kirchenmusik

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