Arp Schnitger Master for Historical Church Music (M.M.)

The Arp Schnitger Master for Historical Church Music is a study programme that is unique in Germany. It includes the three main subjects of organ, liturgical organ playing/improvisation and ensemble conducting (instrumental/vocal) as well as specialised minor subjects from the practical and academic areas. The overall goal of the course is to provide a comprehensive church music and artistic qualification that enables students to work independently and cooperatively in the professional fields of church music (organists, cantors, choir directors). Particular attention is paid to the music of earlier eras and the associated performance practice. The great wealth of historical organs in the Bremen area, the wide range of expertise provided by the Faculty for Early Music at the HfK Bremen, as well as the diverse choir and ensemble work offer ideal conditions for comprehensive studies that can also be carried out alongside work.

The lecturers in the field of music are renowned musicians who perform in concert halls around the world. A close and co-operative exchange between students and teachers is of central importance in the field of music.

  • Start of studies Winter semester, October 1
  • Parameters of studies Full-time, regular period of studies of four semesters
  • Teaching languages German
  • Volume of studies 120 ECTS-points
  • Registration start From March
  • Semester fee 336,32 EUR

Here you will find the course plans and modular guides.

Department 1, office for students, are ready to provide information on studies and applying. 

Contact General advice on studies:

  • Email dezernat1@hfk-bremen.de
  • Phone +49 421 9595-1113

Study-related specialist advice from the dean of studies

The area of responsibility of the dean of studies includes questions about studying and teaching. In accordance with the examination and study regulations, the dean of studies ensures that the individual courses of study are progressed appropriately, decides on measures to ensure that the necessary courses are offered with adequate supervision and ensures that student interests are appropriately taken into account. The dean of studies supports you throughout your studies and coordinates subject-specific advice from lecturers. You can also contact the dean of studies to arrange further advice and if you have personal concerns or difficulties.

The application portal for first-year students in the first semester is open from March 1st to March 31st, 2024 for the winter semester 2024/2025.

All the important information on application deadlines, requirements and admission criteria are available under application.