Basic specialization in General Psychology I: Music Psychology


The specialization is aimed at students with an interest in music psychology. Current research topics of the research group in the field of music psychology are covered as well as topics selected by the students of the specialization. Music therapy explicitly does not belong to the canon of this course, as there are too few validated studies available.

Prior knowledge

The following knowledge is required to understand the course:

  • Reading (treble clef and bass clef, note names, note durations)
  • Basics of music theory, especially harmony, for example
  • Basics of chord designations
  • Basics of the circle of fifths

The above mentioned knowledge has been covered in music lessons at school. Now it may be that music lessons have been a while ago. Therefore a few tips:

If you play an instrument or sing in a choir, you usually already have some basic knowledge in these areas (but you are welcome to check if it is solid enough using the online courses). Musical practice is a good prerequisite, but not a requirement. But haven't you always wanted to learn a musical instrument? The summer vacations are the ideal time to start...

If you are interested in music psychology and therefore choose this specialization, but cannot read notes and do not know what a dominant seventh chord is, you should definitely make up for any lack of knowledge in these areas beforehand. A good way to do this is to take Online-courses (see below).

At the beginning of the course there will be a short entrance exam geben. This is mainly used to give feedback to the students whether they have the necessary knowledge to understand the course. In this way, deficits can still be made up if necessary. At the end of the winter semester, this knowledge must be available at the latest by the end of the course in order to understand the rest of the course!


  • Prior knowledge
    • Wieland Ziegenrücker, ABC Musik - Allgemeine Musiklehre - 446 Lehr- und Lernsätze (Breitkopf & Härtel, 6. Auflage, 2009)
    • Online-Kurse (Beispiele... Sie dürfen gerne selber suchen! Für Ihr Feedback zu den Kursen sind wir dankbar.)
  • H. Bruhn, R. Kopiez, A. C. Lehmann (Hrsg.), Musikpsychologie - Das neue Handbuch (rororo, 2008)
  • Diana Deutsch, The Psychology of Music (Academic Press, 2013)
  • weiterführend: Harmonielehre nach Martin Vogel



  • Exam type:
    • presentation in winter semester
    • presentation in summer semester