Information for new students
All art and cultural studies have one thing in common: their subjects relate to concrete cultural practices. Music is written, practiced and heard, loved or hated, mulled over and discussed. All students interested in the degree programme Musicology have their own, very personal relationships with music as a whole or with a particular genre of music. It is important and also necessary to have, or develop, a passion for the subject that you will be spending so much time with during your studies. However, a passion for music alone does not mean you will be equally as passionate about musicology ‒ many students often think that those two subjects are one and the same, often resulting in false expectations.
The degree programme Musicology involves the study of reflecting on music and its manifestations. It is a theoretical and not, as often believed, a practical discipline. Here, students do not learn to play an instrument or compose music, but rather they acquire extensive factual knowledge about music and its diverse history and develop the ability to critically examine this knowledge ‒ both verbally and in writing. Musicology students learn to think in a structured way about music and to scientifically examine music. In this respect, the degree programme is not a specific vocational training, but offers a broad basis for a wealth of professional opportunities (see the curriculum and information brochure on Musicology), which largely depend on the students' own initiative. The curriculum allows options for diverse specialisations. Despite the lack of practical experience in musicology, some basic practical skills are a prerequisite for successful progress in your studies. This includes being able to read sheet music (including knowledge of various clefs or transposing instruments) as well as trained hearing and basic knowledge of musical compositions. It is necessary that students acquire these skills in self-study at the beginning of the degree programme if they have not already learned them previously.
One of the most important prerequisites for studying musicology is curiosity and an understanding of the different contexts in which the discipline is embedded. Prospective students can use Unigate Musicology to find out whether the degree programme meets their expectations.