The Faculty of Music

Music Education

Our music education programmes are tailored to the needs of students wishing to combine advanced training in instrumental or vocal performance with a solid qualification in music education. The programmes offer students ample scope to set individual accents through specialization and elective studies across a range of options.

Bachelor of Music: Music Education

Vocal Performance
Duration: 8 semesters, Qualification: Bachelor of Music

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    This programme provides an artistic and teaching qualification that will enable graduates to work in the field of extra-curricular music education. Students enrolling in this programme will acquire the methods, knowledge and skills necessary to work in this field, enabling them to engage in self-directed learning processes and to critically reflect on their teaching practice and social responsibilities.

Elementary Music Education
Duration: 8 semesters, Qualification: Bachelor of Music

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    Students enrolled in the Elementary Music Education programme at the University of the Arts are able to study two Majors (Elementary Music Education in combination with Instrumental Performance or Vocal Education).The focal points of this programme include EME and early instrumental training as well as artistic and pedagogical work with learners from a full range of age groups. Teaching demonstrations and experiments are held on a weekly basis throughout the programme in a range of training groups for parent-infant education, classical early childhood musical education, and making music with senior citizens.Amadeo musical kindergarten has been co-managed by the University of the Arts since 2009.

    Major subjects

    2. Major

    • Accordion
    • Recorder
    • Bassoon
    • Flute
    • Vocals
    • Guitar
    • Clarinet
    • Piano
    • Double bass
    • Oboe
    • Kettle Drums/Drums
    • Viola
    • Violin
    • Cello

Jazz
Duration: 8 semesters, Qualification: Bachelor of Music

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    If jazz is not to become the preserve of older generations, the torch of inspiration that informs this special genre and its remarkable forms of musical expression must be passed on to the next generation of young musicians.
    This artistic and pedagogical qualification programme will enable students to develop the necessary teaching expertise and flexibility to work across a broad range of career options. Professional training and the acquisition of instrumental teaching and performance methods specific to the genre are central elements of this programme.

    Major subjects:

    • Flute (Jazz)
    • Vocals (Jazz)
    • Guitar/E-Guitar
    • Piano/Keyboards
    • Double bass/E-Bass
    • Trombone (Jazz)
    • Saxophone (Jazz)
    • Drums/Percussion (Jazz)
    • Trumpet (Jazz)
    • Vibraphone

     

Instrumental Performance
Duration: 8 semesters, Qualification: Bachelor of Music

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    This programme provides an artistic and teaching qualification that will enable graduates to work in the field of extra-curricular music education. Students enrolling in this programme will acquire the methods, knowledge and skills necessary to work in this field, enabling them to engage in self-directed learning processes and to critically reflect on their teaching practice and social responsibilities.The full range of orchestral bowed string and woodwind instruments can be studied in this programme as well as drums, piano, accordion, guitar, recorder, saxophone, organ, harp and vocals.

    Major subjects 

    • Orchestral instruments (Bassoon, Flute, Clarinet, Double Bass, Oboe, Kettle Drums/Drums, Violin, Viola, Cello)
    • Piano
    • Guitar
    • Other instruments (Accordion, Recorder, Organ)

     

Master of Music: Music Education

Study documents

Music Theory
Duration: 4 semesters, Qualification: Master of Music

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    This comprehensive Master of Music programme provides an extensive grounding in the theory of music and will qualify students to teach music theory at music schools, academies and universities. The programme's open class system allows students to benefit from the wide-ranging expertise of our teaching staff in a comprehensive programme which includes artistic, historical and academic components in equal measure. A specialised module enables students to extend the scope of their studies to include the theoretical study of Early Music (1500-1800 A.D.), New Music or jazz under the tuition of experts from the respective fields.
    An additional focus of this programme lies in enabling students to gain a high level teaching qualification at the University of the Arts through extensive teaching practice and tutorials. A diverse range of optional modules from other study programmes available at the University of the Arts complement the programme's core areas of study.

    Entry requirements: Candidates must complete a programme in musical performance OR music education, OR musicology (either a Bachelor's or Diploma programme; to apply for this programme students must provide official documentation showing that they have begun the examination process) Candidates must successfully complete the entrance examination.

Elementary Music Education
Duration: 4 semesters, Qualification: Master of Music

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    The demand for teachers of Elementary Music Education has grown across the educational landscape. The range of prospective workplaces open to especially talented graduates of Elementary Music Education includes technical colleges for trainees in early childhood care and education, training programmes and academies for professionals in music schools, and early childhood education programmes at universities and specialist colleges.

    The Amadeo music kindergarten – a cooperative project of the University of the Arts and a local kindergarten – and the Institute for Early Childhood Music Education based at the University of the Arts provide students with a hands-on training field that combines opportunities for intensive artistic practice with a programme of rigorous critical reflection.

    A "Supplementary Studies" module offered during the first year of this Master programme enables students who did not study professional practice in Elementary Music Education in the course of their undergraduate studies to cover the central aspects of undergraduate level Elementary Music Education and the associated artistic skills. Students who already hold a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Music Education will continue to develop their instrumental and vocal teaching expertise in the "Further studies" sub-module instead and will gain their Secondary Level Teaching Certificate (in accordance with the structural standards defined by the VdM).The continuing improvement of students' artistic and technical expertise in an instrumental or vocal Major is an integral part of the curriculum of this Elementary Music Education programme.
    In the second year of this programme, students focus on acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to teach at university level. Students will learn to prepare, plan and deliver targeted seminars and further training courses as well as specialised workshops for professionals, and to critically reflect on their teaching practice from a meta-perspective.

    Major subjects:

    • Accordion
    • Baroque Bassoon
    • Baroque Oboe
    • Baroque Trombone
    • Baroque Trumpet
    • Baroque Viola
    • Baroque Violin
    • Baroque Cello
    • Bassoon
    • Flute
    • Flute (Jazz)
    • Harpsichord
    • Historical Harp
    • Lute
    • Vocals
    • Vocals (Early Music)
    • Vocals (Jazz)
    • Guitar
    • Guitar/E-Guitar
    • Clarinet
    • Piano
    • Piano/Keyboards
    • Double bass
    • Double bass/E-Bass
    • Oboe
    • Organ (Early Music)
    • Kettle Drums/Drums
    • Trombone (Jazz)
    • Recorder
    • Recorder (Early Music)
    • Saxophone (Jazz)
    • Drums/Percussion (Jazz)
    • Traverse Flute
    • Trumpet (Jazz)
    • Vibraphone
    • Viola
    • Viola Da Gamba
    • Violin
    • Cello
    • Zink (Cornetto)

    Entry requirements: Candidates must complete a programme in musical performance OR music education (either a Bachelor's or Diploma programme; to apply for this programme students must provide official documentation showing that they have begun the examination process) Candidates must successfully complete the entrance examination.

Instrumental and Vocal Performance
Duration: 4 semesters, Qualification: Master of Music

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    The range of career pathways open to qualified music teachers has grown substantially in recent years. In light of this development the University of the Arts has created a Master's programme for music education that enables to students to build upon and extend their expertise within the fields of instrumental and vocal practice.

    Increasing numbers of music schools have begun to offer group tuition or cooperate with schools where teachers instruct large and heterogeneous groups of individuals. Teachers involved in projects such as "An Instrument for Every Child" (Jedem Kind ein Instrument) and "A Voice for Every Child" (Jedem Kind seine Stimme) face similar challenges. Some music schools require that prospective teachers hold advanced qualifications in several instrumental disciplines, basic subjects or chamber music, along with additional certificates in choral, band, and ensemble direction. Other potential employers will only consider candidates who are experienced in working with gifted individuals or on the juries of competitions such as Jugend Musiziert. Many of these new requirements cannot be met within the framework of an undergraduate degree.

    In the first year of this Master's programme, students holding a Bachelor of Music in another subject or area of study (e.g. in Performance or Church Music) will acquire key pedagogical qualifications as well as the related didactic and methodological expertise equivalent to the specialised Bachelor programmes in music education offered at the University of the Arts.
    Students who already hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study will continue to develop their instrumental / vocal performance abilities, as well as extending their teaching expertise to a range of other fields such as elementary music education, chamber music tuition, and instrumental training in pop music. The focus of this programme shifts in the second year towards the acquisition of the skills and knowledge necessary to teach at university level, including planning pedagogical seminars, tailoring teaching methods to learning groups, and evaluating teaching performance.

    Major subjects:

    • Accordion
    • Baroque Bassoon
    • Baroque Oboe
    • Baroque Trombone
    • Baroque Trumpet
    • Baroque Viola
    • Baroque Violin
    • Baroque Cello
    • Bassoon
    • Flute
    • Flute (Jazz)
    • Harpsichord
    • Historical Harp
    • Lute
    • Vocals
    • Vocals (Early Music)
    • Vocals (Jazz)
    • Guitar
    • Guitar/E-Guitar
    • Clarinet
    • Piano
    • Piano/Keyboards
    • Double bass
    • Double bass/E-Bass
    • Oboe
    • Organ (Early Music)
    • Kettle Drums/Drums
    • Trombone (Jazz)
    • Recorder
    • Recorder (Early Music)
    • Saxophone (Jazz)
    • Drums/Percussion (Jazz)
    • Traverse Flute
    • Trumpet (Jazz)
    • Vibraphone
    • Viola
    • Viola Da Gamba
    • Violin
    • Cello
    • Zink (Cornetto)

    Admission requirements: Completed artistic or artistic-pedagogical music studies in the same or related main artistic subject (Bachelor or Diploma). At the time of application, proof of admission to the final examination procedure is sufficient. A Bachelor of Music in Early Music in the same main subject is required for instrumental and vocal major subjects in the field of Early Music. Pass the entrance examination.

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