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What will you learn?



The first two semesters lay the foundation for the programme. The basics of traditional and western music are imparted in practice-oriented courses as well as in the areas of instrumental and project work (studio, ensemble, stage). Business basics are also taught.

The following four semesters serve and the programme's focal point, where practical skills are developed in projects and internships that are crucial for working in the field of world music.

In addition to musical or artistic content, the training also provides competencies in the field of music business and illuminates the cultural background and current trends in world music.

Artistic and music business: basic
  • Body percussion
  • Music production
  • Artist development and management
  • Business start-up
  • Image, staging, performance

Music core courses: basic
  • Major instruction: baglama, oud, kanun, voice, sitar, tabla, percussion, djembe, kora
  • Minor instruction: keyboard or guitar
  • Band and ensemble

Theoretical foundations
  • Music theory - Music of Turkish-Arabian cultures
  • Western music theory
  • Music in cultural and historical context

In the four-semester main course of study, necessary skills are enhanced in a practical way. The course offerings are supplemented by masterclasses and workshops by prominent actors in the field of popular music and world music.

Music core courses: advanced
  • Major and minor subject lessons
  • Concert program, sound recording or multimedia production
  • Music theory
  • Band and performance coaching, ensemble work
  • Compositions of the Turkish-Arab cultural area
  • Recording/ live performance technique, Multimedia for world music

Electives
The electives may include both subjects from the music business field, for example business start-up, artist development, pop culture, or from the pop music design area, for example History of Popular Music, Multimedia, Masterclass Music Theory, Rehearsal / Fusion Band.

Internship
An essential part of the degree programme is a 12 week long mandatory internship in the 5th semester.

Artist Profiles

Instrumentalist and Interpreter
Description
The basis is the craftsmanship, musical flexibility and versatility. Fundamentals of music theory and knowledge of repertoire are just as important as an interest in working in trans-cultural projects.

Training Objectives
Excellent craftsmanship, good fundamentals of musical theory, broad repertoire knowledge, musical versatility, genre-oriented performance, business fundamentals, intercultural competence.
Instrumental Teacher
Description
Passing on music to others and working as an educator. Decisive are good craftsmanship knowledge on one or more instruments. Music theory knowledge of one's own music as well as that of Western music can be used in combination and conveyed equally well.

Training Objectives
Excellent craftsmanship, good fundamentals of musical theory, broad repertoire knowledge, musical versatility. Very good theoretical knowledge of both Western and Turkish Arabic or Indian music. Intercultural and social skills, good teaching and pedagogical skills, especially in an intercultural context.

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