Cultural History of Europe

Cultural History of Europe

The course Cultural History of Europe provides an introduction to the history of European culture. It is designed for non-European applicants to study music at a German-speaking conservatory or music academy. Participation in this course is recommended by DEUTSCHEN MUSIKKOLLEG.


Its contents include general history, political and economic contexts, and the development of various art forms from antiquity to the present. An emphasis is placed on music. This background knowledge is a prerequisite for understanding the subject of music history, which is a component of music studies.


The language of instruction is German, because another aspect is to deepen the knowledge of the German language. A simultaneous translator will accompany the webinars.

And finally, the course also serves in the sense of a propaedeutic of the 

Introduction to the seminar business of a college or university. Here, the ability to work independently on a subject area is expected, as well as the ability to verbalize content and correlations and to present them in writing. In contrast to a lecture, a seminar is based on the commitment and cooperation of the participants. This practice should also be prepared in order to be able to successfully complete the study of music.



The conception of the course Cultural History of Europe follows a certified procedure, which is also used for online teaching at the KALAIDOS University of Music. The course consists of six learning units. Each course unit is designed for a duration of two weeks. Every two weeks there is a group webinar via ZOOM lasting 1 ½ hours. All webinars are recorded and are available to participants afterwards.


Working Group

The core of the course is the joint development of contents in a group. Contents, questions and approaches to solutions are treated in the manner of a proseminar.


Exercises and Tasks

There are exercises and tasks for each learning unit. They are to be worked on by the learning group and presented by the individual in the form of a presentation or written down in the form of a short essay.


Technical Requirements

·        Computer with Internet (Laptop, Tablet-PC, Smartphone), Mikrofon and Camera

·        Printer

·        eMail