What is musicology?

Music appeals to our feelings and emotions; it is a constant companion in our everyday lives and constitutes an integral part of socialization and identity formation. Musicology aims to explore these phenomena through music history, critical analyses, as well as empirically collected data. What significance did music have in the early Middle Ages? What role did music play at the royal court? How is music politicized, and how does it appear in the digital age? Musicology is interested in all aspects related to sounds and the people who create and hear them.


Who was Beethoven's "immortal beloved"?
What do soccer fans’ songs have to do with the opera?
Was Mozart really poisoned?
How did the Beatles change society?
What makes a melody "beautiful"?
What significance do the Yoiks have for the Scandinavian Sami?
Why does Aida have to die?

Career prospects

The career opportunities for graduates in musicology are as varied as its curriculum: managing director of an orchestra, the editor of program booklets, a broadcast or newspaper journalist, an assistant director or the director of an opera house, a lecturer at a conservatory, a university professor, a librarian, an archivist, a lecturer at a publishing house, a publisher of sheet music. This line of education and career choices require flexibility and initiative. With persistence, you will have good chances on the rapidly changing job market, and even better, the prospect of having fun with a job that always provides surprising insights.