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Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Performance

Instrumental and Vocal Performance

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
  • 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 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.