Instrumental pedagogy

«Never play a note that hasn’t come from somewhere and isn’t going somewhere.» Isaac Stern

Three-year training as a freelance instrumental teacher and musician

Special Characteristics

This course is project-based and practically inclined – during the course of studying, the students learn about what is specifically needed to work as a professional freelance artist and/or teacher. The array of subjects is designed to be linked across disciplines and based on a phenomenological approach, as well as influenced by Rudolf Steiner’s anthropological ideas. The goal of tuition is to become an independently active musician, capable of finding and setting into practice ever-new ways of connecting with, expressing, and conveying the message and intent of music.


Main instrumental subject, instrumental pedagogy, instrumental methodology (specifiic to the main instrument), anthropology, chamber music, compositional aspects, ear training, music theory, music history, knowledge of musical forms, choral and ensemble conducting, musical phenomenology, eurhythmy, drama, concert and project management

Detailed outline of subjects

Course Duration

Three years


Trimester conclusions (in-group and public concerts), project work, written seminar papers. The graduation exam consists of a public project concert, trial education with the studying group and a written graduate paper.


Upon graduation, students are specifically qualified for jobs as an instrumental teacher.

State Recognition

The Office of Culture in Hamburg (Kulturbehörde) grants a state subsidy on tuition (BaFöG) for this course.

To join the course, apply here now!