The subsidiary subject in music is an all-round study programme in which theory is mixed with practice, and where you study all sorts of music, from Beethoven to Count Basie. Are you considering a career as a music teacher? Would you like to work with music on a scientific basis? In the subsidiary subject in music studies, you listen, analyse and play music together with others. You study how music is structured and how it affects us.
The subsidiary subject in music studies is a comprehensive programme that combines theory and practice. It qualifies you for a career as a music teacher at upper secondary schools, folk high schools, continuation schools, evening classes and music schools. You work with music from Western cultural circles – both past and present – from Mozart to Madonna, and with an ear for the growing exchange of music locally and globally.
As a music student at the University of Aarhus, you concentrate on the historical, theoretical and practical aspects of music, from ensembles, singing and piano lessons to music history and theory. In brief, you spend your time as a student filling your brain with music history, with your feet on the pedals of the piano and your hands on the computer keyboard. A degree in music studies thus always involves something different, where old meets new and notes meet MP3 files.
Because the teaching comprises both practical musical disciplines and historical/theoretical disciplines, you have to pass oral and written entrance tests in singing, piano and listening skills.
In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.
You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.
Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.
As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.
You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:
In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.
When you study music as a subsidiary subject, you attend classes with all the other students enrolled in your particular year, a total (including the subsidiary subject students) of approximately 50 students. In addition, each year is divided into two groups for conducting choirs and even smaller teams of 6–7 students for lessons in musical arrangements and knowledge of instruments. You also work in groups in connection with presentations for lectures.
The Department of Musicology is based at the Kaserne – the former barracks in Langelandsgade – along with the other departments at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies: Dramaturgy, Art History, Aesthetics and Culture, and Comparative Literature. The barracks are a hive of activity, and you can always hear sounds coming from rehearsal rooms and stages – even on evenings and weekends.
Here are a few examples of what you can experience:
Music studies as a subsidiary subject qualifies you for a job as a music teacher at upper secondary schools, folk high schools, continuation schools, evening classes, etc.
For more ideas about how you can combine two subjects with a view to a job at an upper secondary school, see the University of Aarhus web site or gymnasiejob.dk.
In addition to teaching jobs, you can work in the following sectors:
Competence profile for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree graduates in music studies: