Musicology at the Robert Schumann University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf deals with the fundamentals, forms and effects of music and, in particular, conveys its understanding by combining the artistic requirements typical of the time with the conditions in which it was created and the cultural context. The students should get an overview of this and develop an understanding of music that expressly takes into account the special interaction of all contemporary music presentations with different technical media due to changed communication requirements.
The course is divided into six modules (plus 1 module in the interdisciplinary compulsory elective area), which build on one another:
In basic module 1, the methodological foundations of the subject are dealt with (questions, approaches of the subject, selected scientific methods, how do I analyze music and talk about it).
The basic modules 0, 2 and 3 serve to teach music theory (keys, counterpoint rules, harmony, ear training, composition techniques, form theory). The not exactly small scope of the music-theoretical parts is necessary because speaking about music without real knowledge of its own structures and forms is scientifically inconceivable.
The advanced module 1 broadens the musicological knowledge in the direction of work, genre and epoch-historical topics (from the Middle Ages to the present day, from string quartet to film music, individual composers and their work, etc.). The advanced module 2 deals with topics including social, aesthetic and cultural contexts of different types of music. By choosing one of the two specialization modules, one of the two subject areas from the advanced modules can then be worked on more intensively. Although the Düsseldorf course focuses on music history with a clear emphasis on composed music, topics from systematic musicology (e.g. acoustics), music ethnology and popular forms of music are also offered.
The prerequisite for admission to the bachelor’s degree in a supplementary subject at Heinrich Heine University is a general higher education entrance qualification or a qualification recognized as equivalent.
Graduates of musicology have career opportunities in the music and media industry as well as in cultural administration and science. You will qualify for activities in media companies, in the field of music management, in publishing houses and broadcasters, in journalism, in the field of "new media", in associations, in authorities and in other organizations. The music and media market, which is constantly changing due to a variety of influencing factors, has a high demand for professional communication producers, initiators, advisors and observers.
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