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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – 2 field degree program - Minor Field

Do you want to learn to analyze music in a scientific way? Do you want to know how history has influenced or is influencing music as we know it today?

Music has been around for thousands of years, and is constantly developing with each new generation. Past trends and fashions always influence how it sounds now. In Musicology you will study the development of Western music from the past to the present. Your degree program covers four areas:

  • Music theory
  • Methodical principles of analysis
  • The influence of music on people and culture
  • Music history and how it changes

Taking Musicology as a minor, you will learn about all the fundamental approaches to music, music theory and the influence of music in the past and the present. From a wide range of interesting classes you can select your focal areas for yourself.

Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

6 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

180 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

without special prerequisites for admission (free admissions)

Higher semesters:

free admission

Application period: First semester: 1 June – 4 October
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: until 30.09., Summer Semester: until 31.03.
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Apply now!
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Humanities

The bachelor’s program takes the compositional foundations of Western music as a starting point to provide an initial overview of the field of musicology, which is combined from the outset with a methodological grounding. Research and teaching at the department focuses on the area of historical music research, which is concerned primarily with the creation, notation, appearance, rendition, performance, function, and impact of works from the history of European music. It includes music philology (the study of sources and the preparation of critical sheet music), musical analysis, the study of historical performance practice, biography, historical characterizations of music in their cultural and social context, reception research (the history of the impact of works of music), and the historical development of music theory, aesthetics, and musical terminology. In order to complete the course of study, students must possess excellent German language skills as well as good skills in English and one other foreign language. Although musicology is a theory-driven field of study, it is connected to musical practice in numerous ways. Familiarity with the basic principles of music theory and prior practical experience with music are thus necessary prerequisites for a successful course of study in the field. This includes experience with composition, the ability to form a mental picture of music just by reading the sheet music, and basic knowledge of the history of music and the musical repertoire.

An overview of all the subjects that can be taken in combination with subject Musicology by students who started their B.A. degree programme in the winter semester 2013/14 or later:

Ancient Civilization Studies | Archaeological Sciences | Educational Science and Education Management | German Studies | English and American Studies | Cultural and Social Anthropology | FrancoMedia – French Language, Literature, and Media Culture | German Studies from a German–French Perspective | History | IberoCultura – Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture | Islamic Studies | Jewish Studies | Classical Philology | Cultural Analysis/European Ethnology | Art History | Musicology | Early Modern and Modern History | Philosophy | Political Science | Romance languages and literatures | Sinology | Scandinavian Studies | Slavic Studies | Sociology | Ancient Near Eastern Studies

For information on subject combinations, see also the "Joint Committee of the Faculty of Philology, Philosophy, and Economics and Behavioural Sciences". Subject combinations for students who started their degree programme before the winter semester 2012/13 can also be found there. » more [de]

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Christian Haber
Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar
Kollegiengebäude I, Raum-Nr.: 1125
Platz der Universität
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-3092
Claudia Telzerow
Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar
Kollegiengebäude I, Raum 1118 / 1. OG
Platz der Universität
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-3090
Fax: +49 761 203-3091

Examination Office

Werthmannstr.8/Rückgebäude, 79098 Freiburg

Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß GymPO I
Dr. Tobie Walther
Tel. 203-3221
Raum 02 010/2. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Magister- und Promotionsstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß WPO
Annette Ehinger
Tel. 203-2011
Raum 03 011/3. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

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