Master's degree in composition
The Major Specialism modules I+II (“Künstlerisches Kernmodul I+II”, semesters 1 – 4) provide the core of the Master’s course. Here, the major is connected with the constant Analysis of Contemporary Music and Music Analysis in general. The Key Module (“Schwerpunktmodul”, semesters 1 – 2) emphasises the practical component of the study programme and focuses on the composer’s assertion on the professional market: Lessons in Self Management/Career Planning, exercises in Performance Skills where students learn how to appear in public and the acquisition of Recording Skills contribute to achieve this aim. The Key Module also considers side fields of the major like Improvisation as well as the reliable and active comprehension of musical works (Aural Skills).
The Modules Applied Music Theory and Musicology I+II (“Angewandte Musiktheorie und Musikwissenschaft I+II”, semesters 1–4) emphasise the scientific elements of the study course comprising special seminars in Musicology, scientific working methods and techniques for the verbalisation of music (Music Critique).
During the 3rd and the 4th semester, students choose one module out of a module catalogue to either refine their artistic skills or to specialise (for instance in Elementary Music Education).
- Official Length of the programme: two years, 120 ECTS-credits
- Start of the course: winter semester as well as summer semester
- Application period: 1 October to 1 December for the summer semester. | 1 March to 1 May for the winter semester.
- University Degree: Master of Music
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The Master’s course in composition aims to qualify competent and well-informed composers.
Students learn primarily how to compose Contemporary Music founded on the traditional principals of the 20th century, to develop an excellent understanding of musical analysis and the ability to question all areas of Contemporary Music from the musicological and aesthetical perspective.
The study programme has been designed for Bachelor’s graduates (or equivalent degree) who stand out through artistic excellence in the field of composition.
Foreign students whose native language is not German must provide evidence that their knowledge of German is sufficient for their chosen course.
For the Master’s degree (Orchestra), students are required to have reached level B2 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Applicants’ linguistic competence will be established during the aptitude test.
You will find further information in the Aptitude Test Regulations and Matriculation Regulations (only in German) of Rostock University of Music and Drama.
Aptitude test in main subject (supplement to the aptitude test regulations of Rostock University of Music and Drama)
Preselection based on the submitted compositions (to be submitted by May 8, 2021)
On site or online conversation with the selected applicants.
Applicants who are invited to the second part of the aptitude test will be informed by May 21, 2021 at the latest.
The second part of the aptitude test will take place on June 9th, 2021. Applicants are required:
- to sit a three-hour analysis exam focusing on a contemporary work
- to sit a 30-minute oral examination comprising the following:
- give a talk on their own compositions lasting approximately 15 minutes; this must include issues relating to current developments in new music
- answer questions put by the examination board and explain compositional processes using scores from various eras.
There is also a language test for foreign applicants.
We look forward to receiving your application!
A fee of 50 Euro is charged for processing your application for admission. Please transfer this amount when you submit your application.
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