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Master of Arts Music Pedagogy

Master of Arts - Music Education

 This academic programme is primarily intended for graduates of degrees in music performance and education, as well as those from a performance background, provided that their degree offered a sufficient foundation in education studies. Through the two-year Master’s programme, students have the opportunity to enhance their academic knowledge of educational practices and to further develop their skills in this area. Accordingly, the course focuses on music education in theory and practice, as well as a range of other related fields.

 The Master’s programme acts as an additional qualification in music education, preparing students for careers in further education, music tuition, university teaching or arts management, while also offering excellent preparation for a doctorate.

General Information

  • Academic degree: Master of Music
  • Duration of degree program: 4 semesters (2 years)
  • Start of program: Winter semester
  • Degree requirements: 120 ECTS credits
  • Graduate program: doctorate

The application takes place online via the muvac platform. You can find all the information about the procedure on our Application page.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in instrumental pedagogical studies or
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music, in particular, a performance degree where the student has taken an education track (i.e. at least 20 credit points should be in general education/music education/didactic courses). *)


For admission to the “Master of Arts in Music Education” programme, applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • CV/Resume,
  • A degree certificate demonstrating completion of a relevant university course (certified copy),
  • A piece of independent, academic coursework on a music educational topic (at least 15 pages),
  • A personal statement explaining the motivation for applying for the course,
  • Language proficiency certificates, if required.

The admissions committee, appointed by faculty members of Department 5, make admissions decisions for the programme based on these documents. The committee then invites all applicants to an interview starting early in July. Times that are more exact will be published in good time.

Graduates of performance degree programmes (a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, without education) are welcome to join the 5th semester of the undergraduate Instrumental or Vocal Pedagogy programmes, provided that they pass the relevant entrance examination. This allows them to earn the necessary 20 credits of undergraduate study in music education over two years.

The application deadline for courses beginning in the winter semester is 1 June each year.

*) In cases where applicants are not able to demonstrate the required number of credits, the admissions committee may allow students to join the programme subject to certain conditions on a case-by-case basis.


The programme offers a specialisation in music education, in particular in dealing with fundamental current issues, the research discipline music education and music education in cultural comparison.  

 The programme also seeks to expand knowledge and skills in education studies and music and cultural studies. The ongoing development of key competencies in research methodology and in the communication and presentation of information (including university didactics) is a central theme across the entire course.

 Throughout, students develop and consolidate their knowledge in ways that are systematically liked to professional practice. One module in particular combines research into music education with an accompanying practical project across all four semesters. This introduction to music education as an academic discipline is strengthened and supported over the course of the programme through a range of related activities that contribute to the student’s grade (including conference visits, participation in methodology workshops, writing academic papers, etc.). 

The degree programme consists of the following six modules:  

  1. Fundamental questions in music education;
  2. Knowledge communication;
  3. Music education research and academic theory;
  4. Education studies;
  5. Cultural studies/Musicology;
  6. Music education across cultures


  • Prof. Dr. Natalia Ardila-Mantilla
  • Prof. Dr. Heinz Geuen
  • Prof. Dr. Arnold Jacobshagen
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Meine
  • Prof. Dr. Anne Niessen
  • Prof. Dr. Hans Neuhoff
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Rappe
  • Prof. Dr. Christine Stöger
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Terhag