School Music Studies


Students interested in studying school music

can find information here on their studies which has been divided into:

From now on, applications for studying can only be made online. An Information Sheet is also available here in pdf form for your information.


School Music study regulations – overview

Applies to students from Summer Semester 2003
Status 1 April 2003



Semester week hours

1. Artistic practical music field

First instrument


If applicable piano as second instrument






Voice theory


Choir and orchestra training


Choral voice training


Choir participation (Studio choir 6, University choir 6)


If applicable participation Studio orchestra


Compositional technique


Aural training




Form theory/repertoire


Practical school piano playing
Playing songs, improvisation, playing from schore)


Contemporary music


Electronic music


Jazz / pop in theory and practice


Speech training




Compulsory option speech training or rhythm


Practical instrumental course /
Practical school ensemble music


II. Musicology field

Musicology incl. the history of Pop music and Jazz)


Music Pedagogy (


Pedagogical studies


III. Compulsory option field

Professionally related specialisation


IV: Practical lesson field

Practical semester and day placement


Practical school exercise


A Semester Week Hour describes lessons that are held for one teaching hour on a weekly basis throughout the semester.

Example: The first instrument lesson is comprised of 8 semester week hours.

For students with a first instruments other than piano or organ as first instrument, a semester of participation in the university choir can be substituted for each semester in which the student can prove their participation in the Studio orchestra.

Participation in further taught lectures in the field of Jazz/ Pop, Musicology and Music Pedagogy is recommended.

Participation in further taught lectures in the field of Practical school ensemble music is recommended. Recommended for all SM students; compulsory only for students with first instrument piano or organ. In place of this course a melody instrument lesson can also be taken, provided that there are sufficient teaching capacities available. 

Educational studies can also be taken at the University.



School Music Study Course - Training for Grammar School Teaching


Aim of study course:

Artistic state examination for teaching at grammar schools, specialisation in Music

Admission to a course of study and the study regulations are subject to the prescriptions of the Ministry of Culture and Education, Youth and Sport regarding the artistic state examination for teaching at grammar schools (artistic examination regulations) and the academic state examination for teaching at grammar schools (academic examination regulations), both dating from 13.3.2001, published in the Law Gazette for Baden Württemberg, No. 6 of 22.3.2001. The Law Gazette can be viewed at the University (Student Secretary's Office). On the basis of these examination regulations the University has accordingly enacted study regulations. The study regulations (see above) apply to all students that have started their studies after 31.03.2001. The study plan reproduced on the following pages relates the training subjects of the study regulations to the stages of study or individual study semesters.



First subject

Voice (in combination with a first instrument) or one of the following instruments have been approved as a first subject and can be chosen at the Mannheim University of Music: Piano, organ, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, violoncello, double-bass, guitar (acoustic), harp, saxophone, percussion instruments. Permission for other instruments that are suitable for music lessons at grammar schools is possible but requires approval by the regional teaching examination office (Office at the Oberschulamt Karlsruhe, Kreuzstr. 11, 76133 Karlsruhe) which is to be obtained before the entrance examinations start.



Examinations and dates

A. Interim academic examination

The Interim Academic Examination indicates whether the progress of the student since starting at the university indicates that the student will be able to successfully complete their studies within the normal study time. Furthermore, it assists the careers advisory service. The exam should be sat at the end of the 3rd semester of study. The successful passing of the exam is a prerequisite for registering for the first part of the state examination.

The interim exam is sat in the subjects of the instrumental first subject or voice (if this is studied as a first subject), Practical School Piano Playing, Musicology and Music Pedagogy. In the instrumental subjects, in voice and in practical school piano playing this consists of the accompanying assessment which has been carried out as part of the lesson in each subject. For the subjects musicology and music pedagogy, certificates detailing participation in introductory seminar course are to be respectively submitted. Conducting, Theory of Music and if applicable piano as a second instrument are only examination subjects if an assessment is produced by the subject representatives or lectures of the student expressing reservations about the candidate's study success. The examination requirements applicable for this and all other provisions that regard the interim academic examination can be viewed in the interim examination regulations in the Student Secretary's Office.



B. State examination

The state examination is sat in two or three examination elements at the candidate's choice and the student is also required to write an academic dissertation.


Examination subjects:

  1. Voice

  2. Instrumental playing (first instrument)

  3. Conducting (choir and orchestra or ensemble)

  4. Music theory

  5. Piano playing (second instrument) for candidates that have not chosen piano as their first instrument

  6. Musicology

  7. Music Pedagogy

In one of the two theory based subjects (musicology or music pedagogy - at the candidate's choice) an examination paper is prescribed.


First examination element: Compulsory at the earliest in the fourth semester and at the latest by the end of the sixth semester. Candidates select from the listed examination subjects a) to e) (however not musicology or music pedagogy) one or two sub-areas for this examination element.


Second examination element: Not compulsory. Between the first examination element and the final examination (at the earliest in the sixth semester). The examination is sat in one or more of the above listed examination subjects. However, at least two subject examinations must be sat in the final examination.


Dissertation ("Admission dissertation"): Compulsory. The dissertation can either be written in musicology or music pedagogy at the student's choice. Time allowed for writing the dissertation: four months. The topic must be registered with examination office with the examiner's agreement at the latest two months before registration for the final examination.


Final examination: In the last semester of study in at least two of the above listed examination subjects.

Specialist subject: From the practical examination subjects, a subject from the "Specialist subjects" is to be chosen with studies generally commencing after the practical semester. Students may choose from the above listed examination subjects a) to d) or "Instrumental playing or voice with jazz specialisation." The examination in the specialist subject can at the candidate's choice be part of the second part examination or the final examination.



C. Further information

Professionally related specialisation

In accordance with the study regulations of the School Music course of study, each student selects one of the four professionally related specialisations that are offered, with studies generally commencing after the practical semester. The professionally related specialisation is each comprised of around 14 semester week hours.

The following subjects are offered:



The professionally related specialisation Jazz / Popular Music can only be chosen in combination with the specialisation subject "Instrumental playing or voice (jazz specialisation)". The other professionally related specialisations and specialisation subjects can be freely combined.


Proof of achievement (Ln) and Participation Certificates (T)

To register for the examination elements, the following documents are to be submitted:


To register for the final examination in Music or to register for the examination in an academic subject at the University: 2 Ln from exercises (seminars) and 1 T from a lecture in Education Science (="Pedagogic Studies"; these can be attended at the University of Music or at the University).

The following proof of achievements are furthermore required at the latest for permission to take the final examination:

Furthermore, a proper course of study has to be proven by means of confirmation of participation from the lecturers for each subject at the end of each semester. This is to be entered on a form sheet that is attached to the student's record of study. For the subjects musicology and music pedagogy, successful participation in one introductory seminar course is the prerequisite for attending seminars.



Practical semester

The course of study contains one practical semester with a total duration of 13 weeks. In order to be able to continue lessons in individual subjects, school music students generally spend approximately four days a week in the school (students with two university subjects in contrast are required to spend five days a week). To compensate for the fifth week day, an additional "Day placement" is to be attended (recommended for the 3rd semester of studies). More information can be obtained from Professor Dr. Werner Jank.


Normal study time and academic subject

The normal study time for the study course School Music is 9 semesters and an academic subject with minor study subject requirements is 4 semesters (including examinations). The normal study time for the study course Music and an academic subject with main subject study requirements can be obtained from the regional teaching examination office. An academic subject can be studied at the same time, staggered or after studying school music; parallel or staggered study of both subjects is preferable.


Can be selected as an academic subject

One of the following subjects can be selected as an academic subject on the basis of the subjects of study offered by the University:

Biology, Chemistry, German, English, Evangelical Theology, French, Geography, History, Computer Science, Italian, Catholic Theology, Latin, Mathematics, Philosophy/Ethics (only as main subject), Physics, Politics, Spanish, Sport.

Further subjects are possible as extension subjects (third subjects). Information can be obtained from the regional teaching examination office.



Specialist subjects

Commencing after the 1st examination element (first instrument, voice, instrumental playing or voice with specialisation in jazz) or after the practical semester (conducting, music theory)

·       First instrument:
Duration of lessons: 1 hour, 4 semesters

·       Voice:
Duration of lessons: 1 hour, 4 semesters
To be agreed with the voice tutor in the last 3 semesters before the voice examination, 0.75 hours accompaniment each.

·       Conducting:
Duration of lessons: 1 hour choir conducting, 1 hour orchestra conducting, each 4 semesters, individual or small group lessons

·       Theory of Music:
Duration of lessons: 1 hour, 4 semesters, individual or small group lessons, additional 2 lectures from the compulsory option field (Theory of Music)

·       Instrumental playing (specialisation in jazz):
Duration of lessons instrumental playing: 0.75 hours "Classical" and 0.75 hours Jazz / Popular Music
The specialist subject "Instrumental playing (specialisation in jazz)“ can only be chosen in combination with the specialisation Jazz / Pop (exceptions are decided on an individual basis upon application).


Registration dates for specialist subject:


A written declaration of consent from the teacher of the chosen specialisation subject is to be presented by the student in order to register for the specialisation subject. Lessons in the specialisation subject can only be started once this declaration has been presented.



Study plans