Courses of Study

With more than 200 years of experience in artistic and pedagogical training and musical research we offer high quality music education in a familial, open-minded and international atmosphere.

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State School Music Teacher

Course of Studies for the Artistic State Music Teacher at elementary and junior high schools (preparatory schools) and college preparatory high schools (secondary schools)

At the University of Music students may choose the Artistic State Music Teacher course of study for different kinds of schools. At latest by the end of March the application for the qualifying examination must be presented.

In regard to a teaching career, this course of study makes a contribution to personal development in that it enables and fosters artistic, academic and pedagogical experiences. These provide the foundation upon which one can perceive and help fashion a differentiated future work sphere. Thereby, a sustainable basis for future work is established, coupled with an appreciation for life-long learning and the ability to motivate others for this learning.

The length of study for State Music Teacher Training at elementary as well as junior high schools is seven semesters.

For the State Music Teacher at a college preparatory high school, the following are possible: music as a double major  (GyD, second music major in 3 – 7 semesters), or a so-called dual study (GyZ, second major studied parallel at the University of Würzburg). For this course of study nine semesters are required.

Whoever chooses one of these courses of study will have a choice of the following course contents in single semesters:

  • 1 – 2 instruments
  • practical piano for schools
  • voice
  • choir conducting
  • orchestra and big band conducting
  • ensembles
  • theory and harmony
  • arranging
  • ear training
  • music history
  • analysis
  • music pedagogy and didactics
  • media pedagogy (music and computer)
  • practice teaching in school music
  • practice teaching for school ensembles

Bachelor of Music Artistic-Pedagogical

This course of study is suitable for musicians who want to bring people of different ages and target groups into contact with music. In return the graduates will, in the course of their studies, be prepared for the music related pedagogical tasks which await them after graduation. Alternatively, a Master’s Degree may be pursued if the appropriate requirements are met.

Bachelor of Music Artistic

Your professional artistic education offers you the basis for establishing yourself in the manifold career fields of public musical life. The target group of this course of study is those musicians who desire to expand their capabilities and proficiencies and to make music the focus of their future professional lives.

Toward this goal, graduates will, during the course of their studies, be prepared for a professional career in the various areas of public musical life. Upon graduation they may follow a solo, chamber music or orchestral career, or work as a free lance or a salaried musician, or continue studies toward a Master’s Degree.

Doctoral Studies

The University of Music Würzburg is authorized to offer a doctorate in the fields of Music Pedagogy and Music History, whereby the doctorate is awarded in cooperation with a university. This degree is available for students who have successfully completed degrees in a university course of study, a Master’s Degree from a technical university or in the field of Music Pedagogy (State Music Teacher), Music Theory or Music History. Subsequently, after the presentation of a dissertation of high academic quality, as well as an oral defence, one may be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy Degree. Further information regarding requirements and procedures may be found in the Doctoral Guidelines.


With the establishment of the PreCollege Würzburg, the University of Music offers children and young people with exceptional artistic talent the opportunity to prepare themselves for music studies while they are still in the general school system. Early musical training for talented young people at the highest level by university instructors is the goal of this instruction. This training also serves as preparation for Bachelor’s studies in practical music making and music theory. It is possible for these studies to be credited later toward the Bachelor of Music Degree. An application for the qualifying examination must be submitted by the end of March.

The PreCollege pursues the long successful tradition of fostering the highly gifted with an expanded offering for all instruments, voice and jazz, as well as music theory/composition. Successes at competitions and auditions, as well as in winning scholarships, prove the high quality of this education, which is based on a multifaceted educational offering.

Multifaceted Educational Offering

  • 90 minutes weekly in an artistic core subject: accordion, voice, guitar, jazz instrument, piano, orchestra instrument (strings, woodwinds, brass, harp, percussion), as well as composition and music theory
  • Every 14 days general music lessons/ear training (90 minutes) optional at the Pre-College or at a location near the pupil’s home
  • 30 minutes weekly piano accompaniment
  • Chamber music lessons and projects
  • Required subject piano on request

Outstanding Instructors

The PreCollege faculty is made up of outstanding instructors and teaching faculty at the University of Music who have years of experience working with children and young people.

Goal Oriented Curriculum

Alongside the usual concentrations on instrumental or vocal instruction and general music lessons, the structured PreCollege curriculum offers the following:

  • A three-stage system with transfer examinations which ensures a control of achievement and motivation, but which avoids short-term stress
  • Regular recitals in public concerts in the University concert series, such as Saturday matinées, class evenings or other events at the University
  • For young singers, an extended period of study to allow their voices to mature
  • The possibility of receiving credit for work done as a pupil at the A-level, to be applied toward a full course of studies (Bachelor of Music)

Prerequisites for Admission

  • Proof of special artistic talent (qualifying examination)
  • A placement test in general music knowledge / ear training (B-level, A-level, Collegiate level) serves for placement at a performance level.
  • Entry is possible from the age of 10.
  • For application for the qualifying examination, a school certificate (singers excluded) and a form must be submitted.
  • The cut-off date for application is 31 March. The PreCollege studies begin in autumn.
  • The Information Day for PreCollege will take place every year on February (see website). There you will find detailed individual information.


  •  C- and B-level collegiate pupils pay 300 euros each semester (siblings: 150 euros). A-level participants are full-time students and pay 300 euros plus the fee for the Student Union (including the Semester Ticket).


 You will find information about group events at the CAS-System (access on the University Homepage: Individual sessions (for example, private lessons) are planned by personal arrangements with the instructor.

The Administration of the PreCollege


Prof. Dr. Christoph Wünsch

 Deputy Chair

Ulrike Goldbeck

Deputy Chair

Prof Lutz Koppetsch

 Student Advisory Service

You will receive professional student advising from professional instructors or from the Pre-College administration.

Certificate Study Masterclass

As a third cycle, students may apply for the Master Class, which, when completed, is the equivalent of a doctorate. As a requirement for acceptance, the applicant must pass a demanding qualifying exam on a high level.

For the Master Class, which is pursued over four semesters, there will be a limited number of places available.

The degree for the Master Class consists of three separate concert examinations with the following contents:

  • Mixed repertoire (including chamber music)
  • Solo concert
  • Public recital

Admissions Prerequisites are found on the University Website