In 1804 the University of Music Würzburg
became associated with the University as an
Academic Music Institute and then in 1814 was
named the independent Royal Music Institute.
Since the change of status from Conservatory
to Arts University in 1973, and in particular
since the academic reform over the past 10
years, further decisive change has taken
place. 700 students are prepared for artistic
and artistic-pedagogical careers through
Bachelor and Master’s Degree Programs,
as well as for civil service positions as school
music teachers. Furthermore, there are
curricula offerings in the so-called third cycle
(Doctoral Degrees and Meisterklasse).
Since the fusion with the Zilcher Conservatory,
Jazz and Elementary Music Pedagogy have
been offered, and recently a professorship for
Popular Music was established.
The University of Music Würzburg offers
education and training on a high artistic,
artistic-pedagogical and academic level, with
the goal of providing students successful entry
into a career field and to enable an active and
responsible organization of music-cultural
life. With this objective, the University of Music
finds itself at the crossroads of tradition and
innovation in coming to terms with the
dynamic career possibilities associated with
current societal and cultural changes and in
developing corresponding teaching and learning
opportunities. This includes the development
of individual artistic-musical excellence
with intensive personal development through
engaged instructors, as well as the creation of
extensive artistic-pedagogical qualifications
and academic competence through teaching and learning opportunities.
Musicology and Music Theory have an
established place in all courses of study.
Academic research is pursued both in
final projects (diploma theses for School
Music Teachers, Bachelor’s and Master’s
theses, Doctoral dissertation), as well as in
externally funded projects. In the latter
case, interested students can work as paid
assistants. Through cooperation with the
University of Würzburg, as well as with
the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-
Schweinfurt (FHWS), students of the
University of Music have access to many
further educational offerings and resources.
INTERNATIONAL, OPEN TO THE WORLD
AND ANCHORED IN THE REGION
Around 250 faculty from around the world,
including numerous world famous artists,
provide instruction for over 700 students.
The fact that approximately a fourth of them
come from other countries has a reason.
It is precisely the top-notch support in the
Master’s Degree and Meisterklasse courses of
study which makes the University attractive
for these next generation foreign musicians.
On the other hand, ever more students are
studying for a semester at another European
or non-European partner university. Our University
has established numerous cooperative
relationships in the region and is one
of the most important bearers of culture in Franconia.