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Study Musicology, Music Pedagogy in Germany

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Would you like to learn about the characteristics of certain musical styles or the evolution of music? Are you interested in the relationship between music and culture, society, or politics? Or do you maybe want to become a music teacher? The field of study of musicology and music pedagogy will offer you comprehensive knowledge of music with a focus on theoretical, historical, and didactic aspects.


66 Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor, Master

German, English

2-8 Semesters

What content can I expect?

The following areas of study are included in musicology and music pedagogy:

  • Ethnomusicology deals with the role of music in societies and cultures around the world. In this context, you also examine political, ideological, and ecological issues.
  • Music history focuses on musical styles of the past and the evolution of music.
  • Music pedagogy is primarily concerned with the learning of music and didactics in music. Accordingly, this area teaches you basic educational theories and practical skills.
  • Courses of study in music theory cover music-theoretical methods and discourses as well as the analysis of compositional techniques and musical styles.
  • Musicology, on the other hand, is a liberal arts degree that deals with the various aspects and characteristics of music, in the past and present, especially in the context of history and culture.

As you can already deduce from this list, various fields of study are open to you depending on your interests and musical abilities.

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What are the subject-specific and personal requirements for studying musicology and music pedagogy?

As a basic admission requirement for the study of musicology, music pedagogy, you need the general university entrance qualification or an equivalent. The specific admission restrictions and requirements differ depending on the degree programme.

For the more historically-scientifically oriented subjects such as musicology, music theory or ethnomusicology, aptitude tests, internal selection procedures or an NC, i.e. a minimum grade point average, are rarely asked for. But even if it is not a formal application requirement, some basic understanding of music is desired by higher education institutions.

If you want to enrol in a music pedagogy degree programme, you must be able to play one or more instruments, as the use of instruments is a very important part of the academic training there. It is also possible to study an instrument and then combine this with music education.

At many higher education institutions, you have to go through a multi-stage application process, especially for music pedagogy. For admission, you have to pass so-called aptitude tests in which, in addition to practical skills on one or more instruments, some basic theoretical knowledge is also tested. In addition, singing and aural skills are tested.

What should I know about the curriculum, duration and costs of studying musicology, music pedagogy?

There are big differences between the individual courses of study.

The degree programmes with a focus on the history and science of music can be studied partly as a major, but sometimes only in combination with another (minor) subject. Such combination Bachelor’s degree programmes are normal at many German higher education institutions.

You also have various options with regard to your degree when you pick a music pedagogy degree programme. Depending on the place of study and type of higher education institution, you can study music pedagogy as a major or minor subject at Bachelor’s level, as a major subject at Master’s level or as a sub-subject as part of a teacher training programme.

The standard period of study for both scientific and pedagogical studies is six semesters for a Bachelor’s degree and three to four semesters for a Master’s degree.

Studying is free of charge at most higher education institutions in Germany. You usually only have to pay tuition fees if you choose a private higher education institution. Although there are no fees, you usually have to pay a semester fee of 150-400 euros once a semester. This covers administrative costs and the student union. The good thing about this is that often you can also use the public transport system at your place of study with this fee.

To finance your studies in Germany, you should also find out about scholarships. There are many different scholarship programmes and excellent grades are not the only deciding factor. You can learn more about scholarships  and find suitable programmes directly on My GUIDE.

Dual study programmes or part-time study formats are very rare in this field of study in Germany. In the case of part-time studies, you should expect a longer duration of study, for example, a Master’s programme lasts a total of eight semesters.

In which fields can I work with a degree in musicology, music pedagogy?

In addition to the classical pedagogical areas such as music education institutes, higher education institutions and music or adult education centres, music educators nowadays also work in museums or cultural associations and societies. Advertising agencies or institutions for youth or senior citizen work are also potential career options.

Careers for graduates of historical-scientific degree programmes can be found in the cultural and media sector, but also in the education sector. Musicologists work at opera houses, radio stations or in the press and are also sought after in the field of social work.

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