Aims and course content of the programme in church music

A church musician takes responsibility for musical matters in their parish, offering advice and support. The provision of music for the services and other ecclesiastical functions is one of their main tasks. Organ playing plays a central, traditional role in this duty, both artistically and liturgically. A church musician is, however, not only organist, but also cantor, conductor, administrator, manager, and pedagogue. They are required to be creative in a broad artistic, ecclesiastical, and liturgical field.

The programme is structured as follows:

Instrumental performance

  • organ repertoire
  • organ improvisation and accompaniment of congregational singing
  • piano/ harpsichord

Duties as cantor

  • choir conducting
  • orchestral conducting
  • working with children
  • singing, vocal training
  • speaking
  • liturgical singing (Protestant)
  • liturgical singing, German (Catholic)
  • direction of church choirs (Protestant)

Music theory and general music practice

  • music theory/ composition
  • aural training
  • music analysis
  • early Music, basso continuo and performance practice
  • score reading

Academic subjects

  • history of music
  • liturgy/ doctrine (Catholic)
  • liturgy/ hymnology (Protestant)
  • Gregorian music
  • organology/ acoustic
  • organ: history and design