Music Theory (Master of Music)

Course leading to the degree of Master of Music
Regular course length: 4 semesters

Part-time course possible!

It's possible to study the Master's degree course Music Theory as a part-time course.

The duration of study will be eight semesters in that case.


  1. Course content and objectives
    In the main artistic subject, profound stylistic knowledge is acquired through analysis and active compositional activity. Compositions from different eras are analysed from a variety of analytical, methodological and stylistic perspectives.
    In the subject area of listening education/auditory analysis, students will reflect on the methods of listening education in addition to developing their own musical listening skills.
    Courses on the didactics and methodology of the subject area prepare students for a future teaching career.
    In an instrumental elective subject (instrument, singing or conducting), compositions are worked on in a practical instrumental way, taking analytical aspects into account.
    Other (sub-)modules focus on musical poetics (harmony, form theory, metre, counterpoint), music analysis, the complex of instrumentation, arrangement, score and instrument studies, piano practice, history of music theory as well as didactics and methodology of the subject.
    Additional elective courses, such as historical and systematic musicology, music pedagogy, media and music, give the course a professional breadth and diversity and allow students to specialise and develop a profile in the direction of modern professions in which a solid music theory education is useful, if not necessary.

  3. Tuition
    Forms of tuition: individual lessons, lectures, seminars, practical music and media exercises, practical training, supervised teaching activities and work on projects

  5. Who is the course aimed at?
    The target group are students who are particularly interested in music theory with its history and thought models, in the analysis of music, in its creative and reproductive aspects, such as composition and arrangement, as well as in the teaching of these aspects.
    Admission requirement is an undergraduate degree in a music theory degree programme (usually a Bachelor's degree) or a music-related degree programme, which usually contains music theory components of at least 20 credit points.

  7. Professional field
    Possible professional fields are:
    - Teaching music theory subjects at music schools, conservatoires, colleges and universities
    - Artistic fields of activity such as composition and orchestration/arrangement
    - Academic work in central areas of the subject (history of music theory, current music theory, analysis, stylistics)
    - Activities in demanding music-related professional fields in which music theory knowledge and skills are part of the basic qualification (broadcasting, music editing and feature pages, music publishers)

Programme learning outcomes


The degree programme combines the acquisition of music theory skills, practical orientation and individual profile development and qualifies graduates to work creatively and flexibly in responsible positions in a wide range of music-related fields of activity. Graduates of the Master's degree programme in Music Theory can also work in the "classical" field of later professional activity, in teaching at universities, colleges, conservatories and music schools in a methodologically open, broadly based, professional and interdisciplinary manner.

The MA in Music Theory enables performing musicians to summarise and communicate their 'practical knowledge' of the repertoire they have worked on in historical or contemporary terms, to supplement fragments of works and to write solo cadenzas or similar themselves.

The Master's degree programme in Music Theory therefore not only prepares students for "traditional" teaching activities in the subject of music theory, but also qualifies them for a broadly diversified career with new fields of activity as well as for a university labour market in which a particularly broad qualification is becoming increasingly important.

With the opportunity to lead preparatory courses for the entrance examination at the HMTMH as well as aural training tutorials for the requirements of the interdisciplinary Bachelor (teaching degree at grammar schools, etc.) and to organise and perform concerts with works by students with a major or specialisation in music theory (usually once a year), students are introduced at an early stage to their later social role as music mediators, who (will) practice this mediation primarily through the grasping (fingering) and (or) understanding of music.


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Representative Professor

Examination Office

  • Petra Buchwald

    Department for Studies and Teaching | Examination Office Popular Music B. Mus., Jazz and jazz related Music B. Mus., Joint Bachelor´s degree course (JRP), JazzRockPop M. Mus., Chamber Music M. Mus., Conducting Children´s and Youth Choirs M. Mus.

    Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media
    Neues Haus 1, 30175 Hannover
    E003 | Loebensteinstraße 2

    Phone: +49 (0)511 3100-7347

    Office hours: Mo 09:30-12 Uhr | Di 09:30-12 Uhr und 14-15:30 Uhr | Do 14-15:30 Uhr | und nach Vereinbarung

Student Registration Office

  • Beate Heitmüller

    Department for Studies and Teaching | Matriculation Office, Examination Office Junior Students, Solo Class

    Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media
    Neues Haus 1, 30175 Hannover
    E007 | Loebensteinstraße 2

    Phone: +49 (0)511 3100-7223

    Office hours: Mo 09:30-12 Uhr | Di 09:30-12 Uhr und 14-15:30 Uhr | Do 14-15:30 Uhr | und nach Vereinbarung

Last modified: 2024-01-16

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