Master's degree in music theory

Programme details

The Major Specialism modules I+II (“Künstlerisches Kernmodul I+II”, semesters 1 – 4) provide the core of the Master’s course. Here, the majors Music Theory and Ear Training are connected with Music Analysis as well as piano practice or composition (by choice). The Teaching module (“Fachdidaktik/Lehrpraxis”, semesters 1-3) underline the professional relevance of the study course which is generally on Music Education.

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 as well as Music Literature studies and lectures about scientific working methods and techniques for the verbalization of music resulting in the final thesis.

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).

Course Profile

  • 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
  • Teaching stuff
Career perspectives

The Master’s course in Music Theory provides the qualification to work as a teacher for Music Theory at universities in the fields of tone setting, ear training, and repertoire analysis; the course’s emphasis is on composition techniques of the 20th and 21st century.

The study programme has been designed for Bachelor’s graduates (or equivalent degree) who stand out through artistic excellence in the field of music theory and wish to profile in contemporary music.

Language requirements

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 equirements for the summer semester 2021 - new regulation for the period of the Corona pandemic

The aptitude test takes place at 04.02.2021 at hmt Rostock.

Applicants for the Master’s course in music theory are required to

  1. sit a three-hour examination comprising the following:
    a) Two-voice counterpoint in a uniform style
    b) Four-voice song setting in a uniform style
    c) Analysis of given musical excerpts, including a piece of contemporary music composed after 1950
  2. sit a practical/oral examination comprising:
    d) Unprepared analysis of several musical excerpts
    e) Performance of a cadenza at sight following a prescribed form
    f)  Performance of a modulatory task with prior oral explanation of the path taken
    g) Performance of a given figured bass
  3. sit a 90-minute examination comprising the following:
    h) Taking dictation of a single melodic line
    i) Taking dictation of a polyphonic work for three voices
    j) Taking dictation of a homophonic work for four voices
  4. sit a 30-minute oral/practical aural training examination comprising:
    l) Recognition and singing intervals and chords
    m) Sight-singing
    n) Tapping rhythms
    o) Listening to a cadenza sequence
  5. demonstrate elementary skills and knowledge in the chosen main instrumental (or vocal) subject during a 10-minute practical examination by performing two easy works from different eras.

Parts e) to g) will be examined at the piano.

The aptitude test requirements are similar to those for the Bachelor's degree. Master applicants have to demonstrate that they possess a higher level of knowledge.

Foreign applicants also have to pass a German languange proficiency test.

We look forward to your application.


Click here for the ONLINE APPLICATION and the dates of the APTITUDE TEST.

A fee of 50 Euro is charged for processing your application for admission. Please transfer this amount when you submit your application.

We will gladly advise you personally!

Mrs Hanka Paschedag
Study Office for Music
fon +49 381 5108 222
fax +49 381 5108 201

Prof. Peter Manfred Wolf, Head of Music Theory

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