music theory and notation
The development of the necessary competences as a music theorist is contained in a balanced and very diverse range of training components, in which theory and personal artistic practice go hand in hand. A music theorist is an expert in general music theory and masters solfeggio and ear training like no other, pillars that form the basis for every classical musician, instrumentalist, composer or conductor. Traditional music writing (harmony, counterpoint, fugue) also reveals all its secrets in this training, which for many a creative musician is a benchmark for further development. Of course, post-tonal writing cannot be missing either.
Mastery of the tricks of the trade – where theoretical knowledge and practice reach out to each other – and proficiency in piano playing and voice production are indispensable skills for the development as a choral conductor. In turn, the optional subjects 'composition' and 'improvisation' are the perfect places to apply theoretical knowledge creatively in a personal way.
A wide range of course units provides an extensive general knowledge of the phenomenon of music. This knowledge enables the theoretician to contribute critically to the place of music in our society. Coupled with an in-depth study of score analysis, you will acquire a detailed insight into music from the Middle Ages to the most current movements.
Thorough prior musical training and good skills on a keyboard instrument are the absolutely essential basic competences for further growth in this master's programme.
After your studies
This comprehensive direction creates numerous job opportunities. As a teacher and lecturer of solfège and theory, a music theorist passes on his/her acquired knowledge and passion to youngsters and adults. But various music-cultural institutions such as concert organisations, publishing houses, music ensembles and orchestras also appreciate this knowledge for their theoretical-logical framework.
To enter the master's programme, you will take part in an orientation test. These are organised several times per academic year.
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