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Master of Music 4 semesters German B 1 (GER)

Aptitude test

  • Main subject

    Artistic-practical exam
    Duration: 35-38 minutes
    A written programme must be brought to the examination.

    • Preparation of a portfolio according to § 3 Para. 3 No. 7 with own works and projects, including
      • three compositions, instrumental, vocal and/or electroacoustic (in the form of written scores, performance instructions, documentation of electroacoustic works)
      • if available, also recordings of performances or productions of the submitted works
      • List of previously created works, the submitted scores, performance instructions, documentation and, if applicable, sound samples with a written declaration by the applicant that the submitted works are independently composed
    • Short presentation (duration 5-8 minutes) in German: analysis of a work of contemporary music chosen by the applicant (covering the entire work or one or more parts of the work) or an examination of one or more selected phenomena in works of contemporary music by others
    • Colloquium (duration 30 minutes) in German on:
      • general musical, compositional and aesthetic questions based on the basis of the presented portfolio
      • the short presentation
      • artistic goals
      • choice of studies and profession
      • previous knowledge in the field of music history, especially 20th/21st century music
      • the position/positioning of their own artistic personality in the current music scene

    Assessment criteria

    • compositional ability
    • stylistic knowledge
    • originality
    • artistic individuality and expressiveness
    • potential for development

Application process

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for studies starting in winter term 2020/21 Subject-specific study and examination regulations (German)

The subject-specific study and examination regulations form the legal basis for your degree programme. They contain all the information you need to know about your studies, including module descriptions and how your grades are calculated.

What can I expect in this study area?

Professional field for which the degree programme qualifies

The Master's degree in Composition broadens and deepens the artistic skills of students whose subsequent professional lives could hardly be more individual. Graduates typically work as freelance composers in the field of contemporary music, but also in related areas such as sound direction, media art, music informatics and music journalism, media art, music informatics and music journalism.

They may also be involved in the founding or artistic and organisational management of contemporary music ensembles, or in the conception, planning and management of event series, festivals and forms of concert, presentation or mediation.

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