The Master’s Degree Programme in Musicology at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz serves as an additional qualification in music education, preparing students for careers in music research, music tuition, dramaturgy, publishing, university teaching or arts management, while offering excellent preparation for a doctorate.
The programme provides specialist training in musicology and focuses in particular on significant questions currently facing the discipline, musicology as both an area of academic research and as a means of examining the intersection of art and science. The ongoing development of key competencies in research methodology and in the communication and presentation of information (including university didactics) is a central theme across the entire course.
Throughout, students develop and consolidate their knowledge in ways that are systematically liked to an extensive and detailed exploration of academic literature. This introduction to musicology as an academic discipline is strengthened and supported over the course of the programme by a range of related activities that contribute to the student’s grade (including conference visits, participation in methodology workshops, writing academic papers, etc.).
For admission to the “Master of Arts in Musicology” programme, applicants are required to submit the following documents:
The admissions committee, appointed by faculty members of Department 5, make admissions decisions for the programme based on these documents. The committee may decide to invite applicants to interview.
This two-year Master’s programme enables students who have already completed a Bachelor’s Degree to enhance their academic knowledge and further develop their skills as academics.
To this end, the course takes an interdisciplinary approach to musicology in theory and practice through the following modules:
In "Artistic Development and Reflection", artistic development techniques are regarded as equivalent to traditional scientific methods of knowledge acquisition and are used here to study the unique potential of the arts as a source of learning. The field of art-based research or artistic research (which
in German is perhaps most closely aligned with "Künstlerische Entwicklung und Reflexion“, the title of the module) refers to the specific structures for artistic production and performance inherent in the art forms themselves, rather than the use of traditional hermeneutic methods that view the arts – and in particular, their depiction in "texts" – as objects of scientific investigation.
Following the Master’s programme, students may continue on to doctoral studies in musicology.
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