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Jazz Composition/Arrangement

Craft and style formation.

The Master's degree program in Composition / Arrangement is a non-consecutive two-year specializing Master's program. Prerequisite is a completed Bachelor of Music Instrument or Bachelor of Music Voice degree or an equivalent degree such as Diplom. The program serves to shape the individual sound language and personal style as well as to expand technical and craft skills. The goal is to enable students to position themselves as artists in the current musical scene, also with knowledge of traditional content. In addition to the main subject lessons, the program includes compulsory courses in ensemble conducting/conducting as well as in instrumentation.

If you have any questions about the study program, please contact the responsible contact person(s).

Basic information

Degree Master of Music
Period of study 4 Semester
Course begin Wintersemester
ECTS points 120 Credits
Major subjects Jazz-Komposition / Arrangement

Applications are submitted online via the muvac platform. All information on the procedure can be found on our application page.

Admission requirements

  • Successfully completed Bachelor's degree or comparable degree in an affine subject.
  • Students who have not graduated from a German-speaking institution must prove that they have sufficient German language skills (min. level A2 according to the European Framework of Reference).
  • Successfully passed aptitude test

Qualifying examination

We expect for the aptitude test

  • Submission of at least three scores for different instrumentations as PDF. These must be uploaded together with audio files (mp3) to the platform muvac (see above).
  • Ad-hoc solution of a technical arrangement task (written exam)
  • Discussion of the submitted scores.

Detailed information can be found in the Qualifying Examination Regulations, especially in the appendix for content requirements and conduct of the examination.

The two-year master's program has only a few mandatory components, such as ensemble conducting/conducting and instrumentation. Students are expected to develop their own tonal language and, to this end, have the opportunity, in close consultation with the main subject teachers, to compile their own individual study plans almost freely from the entire range of courses offered by the university. In addition, recommendations are made in the study plan for courses that seem to make sense in connection with the formulated study goal.

You can find a list of our lecturers on the following page.

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