B.A. course in Musicology

The degree is composed of two subjects, with one selected as a core subject and one as a supplementary subject. As a core subject, Musicology can be combined with the supplementary subjects of Intercultural Music and Events Management, with Music Performance or with the BA supplementary subjects offered by the Faculty of Philosophy at FSU Jena. However, Musicology can also be studied as a supplementary subject alongside a core subject from FSU Jena. The standard period of study is six semesters. The bachelor’s subjects on offer culminate in the academic degree of ‘Bachelor of Arts’ (B.A.).
 

Following on from the bachelor’s degree, the Department of Musicology Weimar-Jena offers two-year Master’s degree courses: the M.A. in Musicology, the M.A. in Arts Management and the M.Mus. in Music Theory.

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As it provides underlying knowledge, Musicology at B.A. level is a suitable subject for all courses within the broader field of cultural and behavioural studies, but it is also a logical addition to some scientific and theological courses.

Musicology as a core subject

The objective of the B.A. in Musicology is to enable students to understand the historically and systematically complex subject of music in an academic manner and be able to research music from interdisciplinary and cultural study perspectives. The degree provides a basic knowledge of Historical Musicology and is supplemented by insight into Systematic Musicology, Transcultural Music Studies and the History of Jazz and Popular Music. Alongside an overview of European musical history, the course revolves around dealing with the subject’s specific techniques, methods and questions, as a historical, interpretation-driven discipline.

The content of the B.A. course in Musicology is primarily drawn from the subject of Musicology and the specialist disciplines involved in the supplementary subject, or in the General Key Qualifications module – medieval studies, history of art, history, German literature, romance studies, ethnology/cultural history, sociology, psychology and philosophy are firm components of this kind of interdisciplinary understanding of the subject. The teaching staff and organisers involved in the course are highly skilled, which in turn guarantees that content is adapted and optimised on an ongoing basis, to take into account current research and professional practice. As part of a degree oriented towards the humanities, it includes an array of content from research and cultural projects.

In addition to offering targeted preparation for the Master’s degree, the B.A. degree in Musicology is also a perfect professional qualification for a career with an academic publisher and in the media (radio, TV, press etc.), at opera houses, or at festivals. The B.A. course within the Department of Musicology Weimar-Jena meets this twin objective by providing a solid grounding in musicology thanks to specialist modules, paired with an education focused on specialist skills and practical professional competence, which is logically supplemented by solo and group teaching, as well as internships. The unique combination of university-based education with a university of music contributes to creating specialisations that are relevant, both to the market and academia, thereby giving students peerless career opportunities in the world of music.
 

Intercultural Music and Events Management as a supplementary subject

All the information about Intercultural Music and Events Management as a supplementary B.A. subject can be found here.
 

Supplementary subjects at Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Information about individual supplementary subjects from FSU Jena is included in the ‘B.A. Supplementary Subjects’ brochure from FSU Jena. More detailed information about the content, application deadlines and application process for the course in question can be obtained from the relevant departments at FSU Jena.
 

Music Performance as a supplementary subject

The supplementary subject of Music Performance is studied alongside the core subject of Musicology. This combination of artistic, practical and academic teaching content is what makes the Weimar Department unique, as it offers a synthesis of education from a university and a university of music, which is not to be found anywhere else in Germany.
Artistic education revolves around solo music-making and collaboration within vocal/instrumental ensembles (Weimar University Choir, Chamber Choir, Collegium Musicum, Big Band). The aim is to accomplish extensive artistic development in the major subject (instrument or singing). Piano, singing (if not the major subject) and professional piano playing are key additions to the degree. Furthermore, the subject of Choral Conducting teaches conducting techniques, while the Vocal Training subject teaches a conscious approach to using one's own voice.
Alongside offering an entryway into an artistic or academic career, a degree in Musicology/Music Performance is also of benefit for work in associations related to music, in universities of music and art, and in some sectors of the media. The dual qualification offered by the degree is even of benefit in the theatrical sphere (dramaturgy).
Applicants for Music Performance as a supplementary subject need to do a separate audition/qualification exam. The supplementary subject of Music Performance is offered by the Department of School Music and Church Music.
 

Musicology as a supplementary subject

As a subject that provides underlying knowledge, the supplementary B.A. subject of musicology is suitable for every core subject in the broader field of cultural and behavioural studies but, it is also a logical addition to some scientific and theological courses.
Fundamental knowledge of the specialist field of historical musicology represents a particular focus of the teaching, along with questions and methods relating to the subject as a historic, interpretative discipline. In addition to this, an awareness of questions of aesthetics, systematics and ethnology is sharpened, as is an awareness of a reflective approach to music as a phenomenon. This occurs alongside preparatory courses, such as an insight into philological working techniques, or issues relating to performance practice. This embraces interfaces with artistic practice, including jazz and popular music (or world music), which are included within the degree through the special Weimar profile in the History of Jazz and Popular Music, as well as Transcultural Music Studies.

As a result, the supplementary subject of musicology opens up an expanded range of career options, including in the media, events, therapeutic or scientific applications and philosophical roles.
 

The detailed regulations, module catalogues, sample timetables and lecture lists can be found under the corresponding links. If you have any questions, please contact the student counselling service or the student representatives.
 

Artistic and academic specialisation within the core subject of Musicology

In the core subject of musicology, prospective applicants can choose between the specialisation modules of ‘Artistic Practice’ (Module BA MuWi 12 A) and ‘Academic Methods’ (Module BA MuWi 12 B).

The 'Artistic Practice' specialisation module provides students with piano tuition over the course of four semesters. It also includes participation in a vocal/instrumental ensemble and the choice between exercises in score-reading and score notation. A placement test in instrumental playing is required.

The specialisation module in ‘Academic Methods’ gives students more in-depth insights into the techniques and methods of musicological work. Module 12 B includes a seminar on sources, a seminar on methods of musicology, and an exercise on the techniques of academic writing. There is no placement test for the instrument within the audition/qualification exam.

The module plan and description for the Module 12A and 12B specialisation option, can be found here.

Admissions requirements

Musicology as a core subject

  • General or subject-specific Secondary School Completion Qualification, or a different qualification corresponding to the General Secondary School Completion Qualification (pursuant to Section 60, Para. 2 of the Thuringian University Act)
  • Successful completion of the audition/qualification exam for musicology as a core subject
  • Knowledge of two modern foreign languages, or one modern foreign language and Latin (five years of lessons without an A-levels examination, three years of lessons with an A-level or B1 level [A2 or B1 for Latin] certificate, in line with the Common European Framework of Reference)
  • For overseas applicants: proof of German proficiency at language level C1 through, for example, the ‘Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang’ (DSH), the ‘Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache’ (TestDaF), ‘The European Language Certificates’ (telc) or comparable language examinations, e.g. Goethe certificates. We recommend using a certified language school

Supplementary subjects at Friedrich Schiller University Jena

  • A portfolio summarises the admissions requirements, content, structure and career prospects of the individual B.A. supplementary subjects at FSU Jena. More detailed information can be provided by the relevant departments at FSU Jena
  • In general, it is only possible to start studying supplementary courses at FSU Jena in the winter semester
  • Applications to FSU Jena are made via an application portal. Please find out about deadlines for your desired supplementary subject in good time. In general, the application portal is opened on the following dates:
    •     Applications for the winter semester: From mid-May to mid-July for courses with admission requirements and from mid-June for courses without admission requirements
    •     Applications for the summer semester: From mid-November to mid-January for courses with admission requirements and from mid-December for courses without admission requirements.

Music Performance as a supplementary subject

  • Fulfilment of the admission requirements for the core subject of musicology, with the exception of completing the audition/qualification exam
  • Successful completion of the audition/qualification exam for Music Performance as a supplementary subject
  • NB: different application deadlines apply

Musicology as a supplementary subject

  • General or subject-specific Secondary School Completion Qualification, or a different qualification corresponding to the General Secondary School Completion Qualification (pursuant to Section 60, Para. 2 of the Thuringian University Act)
  • Knowledge of two modern foreign languages, or one modern foreign language and Latin (five years of lessons without an A-levels examination, three years of lessons with an A-level or B1 level [A2 or B1 for Latin] certificate, in line with the Common European Framework of Reference)
  • Fulfilment of the admission requirements for the core subject in question

Application process

Please note: your application is only valid once you have successfully completed your application online and sent all your application documents by post. Additional information regarding application deadlines and documents can be found under ‘Application’.
 

Musicology as a B.A. core subject and Music Performance as a B.A. supplementary subject

At the Department of Musicology Weimar-Jena, auditions/qualification exams are done for Musicology as a B.A. core subject and for Music Performance as a B.A. supplementary subject. The application for this is made via the University of Music Weimar’s online portal. In addition, an examination fee of EUR 50 is charged. The banking details, for transferring the fee, are provided during the online application procedure. Applicants will be advised of the date of their audition/qualification exam once the application has been received and reviewed. After the exam has been successfully passed, applicants will receive a decision of acceptance, combined with a request to enrol. Enrolment is carried out in writing, using the appropriate form, and payment of the current semester fee is a prerequisite thereof.

Musicology as a B.A. supplementary subject

The supplementary subject of Musicology can only be studied as part of a B.A. course, with a core subject from the Faculty of Philosophy at FSU Jena. The application for the core subject is made separately, in line with FSU’s conditions. The application for the supplementary subject is made via the UoM's online portal, by the stated deadlines. The application is followed immediately by the request to enrol at the UoM. Enrolment is carried out in writing, using the appropriate form, and payment of the current semester fee is a prerequisite thereof. In addition, the enrolment must include a matriculation certificate from FSU Jena and a completed data collection form.

Audition/qualification exam