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Overview

The promotion of your musical abilities and your own artistic identity are the first priority in the Popular Music study programme. A mix of individual major and minor lessons, ensemble lessons, repertoire and accompaniment coaching will form your musical basis throughout the entire course of studies. You will hone your musical craft, test yourself in interaction with others and sharpen your artistic profile. You will learn all the basics, tools and the necessary routine in courses such as composition, songwriting, performance training, artist development, pedagogy and recording techniques.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

1. SEMESTER

Basics in Theory and Practice

  • Recording Techniques5
  • Musical Analysis5
  • Music Theory5
  • Practice Project I5
  • Instrument Major I / Ensemble I / Instrument Minor I5
  • Pop Music History5

In the first semester you will first of all work on the basics of recording and music theory. During the introduction to the DAWs you will learn the basics of music production step by step. Your semester plan includes elementary music theory exercises in the areas of music notation, composition and aural training, reflection on the history of pop music and a first musical fire test at the freshmen's concert.

 

2. SEMESTER

Development and Performance

  • Music Theory - Harmony5
  • Performance Practice I5
  • Elective I - Choir & Body Percussion5
  • Practice Project II5
  • Instrument Major II / Instrument Minor II / Ensemble II5
  • Musicology5

In the second semester you will concentrate on the quality of your own performance. You will work on your live performance in front of an audience, in the studio or in the context of a video production. You will learn techniques to present your own artistic visions professionally and to interact with an audience. At the same time, you will be immersed in the most important questions and methods of musicology and learn how to use technical terms correctly.

 

3. SEMESTER

Songwriting and Recording

  • Songwriting5
  • Composition5
  • Studio techniques5
  • Practice Project III5
  • Instrument Major III / Instrument Minor III / Ensemble III5
  • Media Law – Music & Sound5

In the third semester the focus is on writing and producing own songs. From composition and recording to mixing and editing, you will go through the entire production chain of your music. In accompanying courses such as aural training, harmony, setup and studio practice, pressing questions from the creative process are addressed and solved together. You will also deal with the rights and duties you have as a musical author.

 

4. SEMESTER

Arranging and Stage Training

  • Arrangement5
  • Performance Training5
  • Elective II5
  • Practice Project IV5
  • Instrument Major IV / Instrument Minor IV / Ensemble IV5
  • Language / Physiology5

In the fourth semester you will practice arranging and writing texts for your own and other students' compositions. In addition, you will acquire knowledge in the handling of different instrument groups and gain routine in working with notation and production programs. You will also work on performance techniques from the fields of acting, dance, movement and groove training and learn strategies for physical and mental preparation for specific situations on stage and in the studio (Alexander Technique, yoga, back training, etc.).

 

5. SEMESTER

Internship / Study Abroad

The fifth semester is all about practical work. During an internship at home or abroad or study abroad you will expand your professional repertoire in a targeted manner and establish direct contact with the business world and the various music scenes.

 

6. SEMESTER

Music Business and Pedagogy

  • Pedagogy I5
  • Arrangement II5
  • Elective III (Correpetition & Repertoire)5
  • Practice Project V5
  • Instrument Major V / Instrument Minor V / Ensemble V5
  • Artist Development I5

In the sixth semester you enter the field of music education, become familiar with different methods of individual and group lessons and move your own artistic work more strongly into the educational context. At the same time, you will gain a better understanding of the music business and learn the do's and don'ts of successful self-marketing, the most important sales tools as well as basic tools in the areas of promotion, merchandise and fundraising.

 

7. SEMESTER

Artist Development and Thesis

  • Pedagogy II5
  • Elective IV5
  • Instrument Major VI / Instrument Minor VI / Ensemble VI5
  • Artist Development II5
  • Bachelor's Thesis10

In the seventh semester you substantiate your career aspirations and complete your studies. Topics related to artist development are now on the agenda, including building and maintaining your own portfolio, creating your press kit, CD and EP production, as well as concert and tour planning. In addition, you will complete your Music Pedagogy module with a teaching sequence that you direct independently. At the end of your studies you will write your Bachelor's thesis, which may also include artistic and creative parts

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Author: composition/musical adaptation
  •     Performer: instrumental playing/vocals - at least one song played with the main instrument/vocalist
  •     Singing/vocals
  •     Producer: sound engineering/production

The result of the pre-selection will determine whether the candidate will take part in the practical entrance examination.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

  • FCE (grade A, B or C)
  • Pearson English Test Academic (PTE-A) 59 points 
  • Duolingo 95 Pts
  • TOEFL 87 ibt (direct recording)
  • TOEFL 79 - 86 ibt (with additional agreement)
  • TOEIC 785 (Listening/Reading 785, Speaking 160, Writing 150)
  • IELTS (academic) 6.5 average - deviations from this rule are governed by the current version of the Language Centre's guidelines
  • CAE (grade A, B, or C)
  • CPE (grade A, B or C)

 

 


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