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Music Education (B.A.)

Taught in German


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Music Education concerns itself principally with the communication - that is, the teaching and learning - of music. This central focus gives rise to the study of the features and conditions brought to music teaching by the music itself, by human behaviour in relation to music and by the sociocultural and historical implications of this behaviour. The Bachelor's degree programme concentrates particularly on the following areas:

  • Systematic Music Education
  • Historical and Comparative Music Education
  • Applied Music Theory


Subject-specific prerequisites

Each applicant must pass an aptitude test. Registration must be received by May 15th of any year. More on this...

Number of enrolled students

39 students are enrolled in this bachelor degree course (as of winter semester 2017/18).


since 21 August 2007.

Composition of the Study Programme

Degree BA


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration of studies 6 Semester 180 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

6 Semesters - 180 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of degree programme

Composition of degree programme

Composition of the Study Programme

This Bachelor of Arts in Music Education is split into a two-year foundation programme followed by one year of specialisation. It is complemented by two ancillary subjects (30 CP each). The first of these must be music, but the second can be chosen from the range of modules offered by cooperating faculties and departments. This applies to subjects in the areas of languages, liberal arts, cultural studies and psychology. (Please note that some subjects require a proof of language skills. Make sure that you ask about language requirements well in advance!)
In their first four semesters, students of Music Education as a major subject gain an overview of the themes, issues, methods and research interests of the field; they are taught theoretical and practical fundamentals and introduced to certain areas of music education in modules on popular music, methods of music teaching and pedagogical aspects of historical as well as systematic musicology.

In their final year, students strengthen and extend their ability to carry out academic work independently, their areas of focus including problems and theories currently under discussion in the teaching and learning of music, pedagogical issues arising from the use of various media and an insight into the psychology and sociology of music. To make students aware of possible careers, there is a special seminar and excursion.

This course of study does not require a deeper knowledge of a musical instrument and therefore does not qualify as an instrumental music teacher.

Language requirements

Language requirements

Please note that you might have to give proof that you fulfil certain language skills already upon matriculation. More on this...


Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester

Entrance Requirements Abitur ohne Praktikumsnachweis

Entrance requirements

  • Applicants must have an Abitur (German school leaver's examination for university entrance) or equivalent. More on this...
  • Certification of a pre-professional practical period is not required.
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...

Aptitude Test

Each applicant must pass an aptitude test. Registration must be received by May 15th of any year. More on this...

Application not limited only winter

Application / Enrolment

  • The study programme is not subject to admission restrictions.

  • The enrolment period for the winter semester begins at the beginning of June.

  • The end of the enrolment period is determined anew each year, please enquire in the application portal during the enrolment period.

Different rules apply in some cases for international applicants. More...


Application period

Please note that the application period for the Bachelor's course can be extended. This information will be published here (in German).

Career Options

Career Options

Options for further study at JLU

JLU offers a Master's programme in Applied Musicology.
Students of this degree can focus on either

  • Music Communication,
  • Popular Music and Media or
  • Empirical Music Research.


Career options

Equipped with their well-founded grounding in theory and their knowledge of methodological practice, graduates of Giessen's BA in Music Education can be employed in a wide spectrum of jobs.

There is a great variety of possible careers for them to choose from, particularly in the cultural sector, communications and further education but also in parts of business and trade. They can help to meet the still-growing need for secondary service provision (e.g. organisation, planning and management; care, consultation, education and publishing; research and development).

Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study


Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

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Any Questions

Any Questions?

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Subject Advisors

Georg Wissner M.A.
Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Musikpädagogik
Philosophikum II, building D, room 012
Karl-Glöckner-Straße 21
35394 Gießen
Phone: 0641 - 99 25113
Office hours: by appointment

Central Study Advisor
Natascha Koch
Central Student Services

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