Musicology

An overview of European music history—as well as the engagement with some of the subject's specific methods and critical issues as a historical, philosophical discipline—stands at the heart of the programme. The programme seeks to enable students to contemplate the historically and culturally complex object of music in a well-grounded manner and to communicate it adequately as part of a shared cultural identity, from interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives.


B.A. Musicology

The course centres on diverse musicological training. The programme furnishes students with basic knowledge in historical musicology, complemented by insights into aesthetics and other areas of so-called 'systematic' musicology, transcultural music studies, as well as the history of jazz and popular music. An overview of European music history—as well as the engagement with some of the subject's specific methods and critical issues as a historical, philosophical discipline—stands at the heart of the programme.  The musicology major at the Department for Musicology Weimar-Jena does justice to the two-fold aim by combining solid musicological training with specific modules aimed at professional practice, and by fruitfully supporting these courses with individual and group teaching as well as internships. The programme's special feature of housing a university education within a music academy likewise affords academic and professional specialisations which put students into an ideal starting position for a career in the world of music.

You may study musicology as a major or minor subject in a B.A. programme. The musicology minor is part of the joint B.A. programmes run by the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar and the Humanities Division at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. As a subject that offers a broad foundational education, it is a fruitful complement to all subjects in cultural and behavioural disciplines, but also to some science subjects, as well as theology.


M.A. Musicology

The B.A. programmes can be followed with two-year graduate programme, leading to a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. This programme either focuses on a specific sub-field of the discipline (Master's programme with specialisation), or they consider a topic from a range of different perspectives (interdisciplinary Master's programme). The Master's programme offers deeper academic insight and additional professional qualifications concerning the object of music history as well the methods of its study. We also place much emphasis on broadening your repertoire knowledge. The main goal is to enable students to undertake independent academic work, based on the knowledge, critique, application, and development of musicological methodologies.