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Enrollment period winter semester
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Part-time studies possible
The goal of the subject Musicology in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor's degree program is to impart musicological skills in practice-oriented study processes, generally preparing students for music-related professional activities in those areas in which music is written and spoken about, communicated, organized and managed. An important core skill is considered to be the scientifically sound elaboration and presentation of musical facts, which is primarily taught in musicological and music-theoretical areas of study. In the elective area, students also have the opportunity to acquire skills related to music and professional practice.
The subject can be studied in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree program as a major or minor subject in the Aisthesis.Culture and Media variant or in the flexible variant in the amount of up to 80 ECTS credits, in combination with at least one other subject and/or the Studium Individuale.
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What is Musicology?
Musicology deals with music from different perspectives and with very different methods. It knows neither stylistic nor cultural boundaries. Thus, the music of long-deceased composers as well as current music charts or music from other cultures can become the study focus. At the same time, it is not only about the music itself, but also about how to deal with it, for example when listening or making music. For example, the question of how the memory for music functions or how music triggers emotions can be considered just as much as stage fright during a performance or the practice processes of musicians. Musicology pursues its research questions primarily on the basis of theoretical considerations and empirical studies rather than with the help of practical music education.
Within musicology, a distinction is made between three areas of work. These investigate different questions and work with different methods, but also show cross-sections and similarities.
Music history, e.g. origin, notation, tonal reproduction, function and effect of works of Western musical tradition)
Music philosophy and music aesthetics
Acoustics, e.g. instrument acoustics, room acoustics
Sociology of music
Music informatics, cognitive musicology, mathematical music theory
Music ethnology (also ethnomusicology)
Music of non-European cultures and peoples
European folk and popular music
Music in the context of urbanity or migration
However, only a combination of all these areas makes it possible to understand the complex phenomenon of music with its manifold historical, psychological, sociological, acoustic and cultural interactions in its entirety.
The 3 musicological sections are supplemented by music theory, which deals with the following aspects of music: Harmonics, theory of forms, composition and musical analysis.
Where does musicology leave its traces?
The findings of musicology are not only found in scientific books and journals. Listening to music and making music are popular leisure activities, and often at least indirectly connected with the activities of musicologists.
In concert halls or opera houses: Conception of programs, music and opera dramaturgy, program booklets, music management, sheet music editing, etc.
In radio and television stations: Music journalistic contributions such as reports, reviews, features, interviews, etc.
In libraries, archives, museums: Sheet music inventories, maintenance and analysis of musical instruments, etc.
In music publishing houses: Conception of programs, sheet music editions, songbooks, books about music, etc.
The program in detail
Core study components include the fields of musicology and music theory. The study of musicology is a required part of the program. The study of music theory and musicological working techniques are a required field if the Bachelor's thesis is written in musicology, otherwise the corresponding modules are required electives. The required elective area also include music practice and practical professional study contents.
Core study components
Basic teaching of topics, methods and working methods of all three sub-disciplines of musicology (systematic musicology / historical musicology / music ethnology)
Students will continuously be dealing with the music theoretical foundations of the occidental music tradition as a basis for scientific-analytical considerations as well as for music practice in the field of improvisation and song accompaniment.
Students will continuously be dealing with and approaching different forms of practical music-making in various KU ensembles (in german) such as choir, chamber choir, a cappella group, orchestra or big band.
A continuous career orientation through various events offering a good overview of the professional field, short internships, practical projects and a required internship semester. In order to enable graduates from Eichstätt to enter professional life as smoothly as possible, the degree program works closely with cooperation partners from the cultural life and music industry, such as the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation, the Nuremberg State Theater, the Stuttgart State Opera, as well as music publishers and cultural offices for workshops, internships and introductory events.
MW1/Theory 3 - Overview of Music History
MW2/Theory 4 - Systematic Musicology
MW3 - Music Ethnology
MW4 - Focus on Musicology
MW/BP - Introductory Module Musicological Work
MT1 - Fundamentals of Music Theory
MT2 - Advanced Music Theory
MT3 - Form Analysis
MT4 - Writing and Listening Analysis
Required elective modules
MW5 - Theory and Practice of Popular Music
MW6 - Empirical Research in Musicology and Music Education
BP1 - Short internship
BP2 - Practice Project
PR5/Practical Module 4 - Big Ensemble
PR6 - Small Ensemble
Our Eichstätt campus offers attractive and state-of-the-art facilities: KU music students have their own computer music laboratory with special software for music editing and digital music processing as well as a well-maintained pool of recording equipment for audio and video recordings. For their music practice, students are provided with a separate band room as well as various music practice rooms. Through the University Library, you have access to a large and up-to-date stock of current music-related books and periodicals. In addition, you can borrow sheet music. Interesting cooperation partners from cultural life and the music industry, who enrich the degree program with practical seminars, workshops and external internships, make studying in Eichstätt so interesting.
Rankings and assessments
KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2021 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. The ranking was based on over 40,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 98 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.
"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.
The KU maintains a partnership network with around 300 universities worldwide. The KU International Office supports students in the planning phase and provides information on different financing possibilities for stays abroad.
This degree program has a strong practical connection: Students gain initial insights into possible occupational fields and their requirements through lectures and workshops with professionals from the field, which can be deepened in the context of a 4-week short internship and/or a practical project over 2 semesters. For individual advice and support in finding an internship and financing possibilities, the KU Career Service and the International Internship Service are happy to help.
Career possibilities and professional fields
Central occupational fields for which students of this degree program are prepared include:
Other professional fields for which this degree program constitutes an important first step, but which usually require more in-depth study (Master's degree program, volunteer work, etc.):
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Occupational fields for which students are NOT being prepared in this degree program are:
These professional goals can partly be achieved by an artistic degree program at a university of music or within the framework of a practical training (e.g. musical performer).
Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.
What sets the KU apart
Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.
It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.
Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities.
The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.
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