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Music Education: Elementary Music Education

Elementary Music Education

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.

Duration: 4 semesters
Qualification: Master of Music

Major subjects

  • Accordion
  • Recorder 
  • Bassoon
  • Flute, Flute (Jazz)
  • Vocals, Vocals (Jazz)
  • Guitar, Guitar/E-Guitar
  • Clarinet
  • Piano, Piano/Keyboards
  • Double bass, Double bass/E-Bass
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Kettle Drums/Drums
  • Trombone (Jazz)
  • Saxophone (Jazz)
  • Drums/Percussion (Jazz)
  • Trumpet (Jazz)
  • Vibraphone
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Cello

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.