Curiosity and enjoyment of music are the most important prerequisites you should bring along if you decided to study musicology. Playing an instrument is an advantage. Reading and writing musical notation should be mastered in the first year of study at the latest. During the first semester, an overview of the different areas of musicology will be provided (historical, systematic, and anthropological). Skills in harmony, counterpoint, and fieldwork will be trained, techniques of musical analysis practiced, and historical contexts and connections explored. Reading old and new texts will shed light on the background of music from philosophical, aesthetic, socio-cultural, and psychological perspectives.
After six semesters of study, a student is awarded a bachelor’s degree (BA) and may continue for an additional four semesters towards a master’s degree (MA), in which the students may set their own individual focus of interest. The department’s rich offering of lectures and seminars is regularly supplemented by courses that aim to bridge the gap between theory and professional practice.