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Musicology (bachelor’s)

Music Theory and Aural Skills is a major offered as part of the Music Promotion performance degree program.

The Music Theory and Aural Skills program of study focuses on the interface between composed music and music interpretation as well as music practice and music theory/analysis, including teaching these specialist areas. As a result the Music Theory and Aural Skills bachelor’s degree program, which normally takes eight semesters to complete, combines various subjects: In addition to instruction given in the Music Theory/Aural Skills major, individual voice or instrumental lessons are also completed throughout the program.

The syllabus for this major also includes conducting, improvisation and score reading.

An additional major focuses on teaching. Here students acquire basic methodological and pedagogical knowledge and skills. Finally a large offering of electives provides a wide range of opportunity for deepening and broadening artistic ability.

Detailed information about the sequence and contents of the program can be found in the Music Theory and Aural Skills bachelor’s degree module overview.

Full-time instructors

 Prof Hans Peter Reutter
 Prof. Frank Zabel

Proficiency test

Candidates for the Piano program must complete a proficiency test: Requirements for the Music Theory and Aural Skills bachelor's program. The proficiency test for the bachelor’s program also includes tests in music theory and aural skills at level 1.

Proficiency in German

International applicants must possess adequate German language skills. The B2 certificate (according to the Goethe Institute classification system) or a comparable qualification is required. This also applies to direct enrollment in a higher semester.

Commencement of studies and application deadlines

It is only possible to commence studies in the Piano bachelor’s program in the winter semester. The application deadline is March 1. The date-of-receipt stamp of the university applies.


Applications must be submitted online, along with access to the online application portal Muvac. Further information can be found here (German).

Further Information

Questions about the academic program will be answered by subject tutors and the Registrar’s Office.

Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf Fischerstraße 110, 40476 Düsseldorf

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