Musical Performance and Education (Master of Music)Instrumental Pedagogy | Choir and Ensemble Direction

Degree to be attained Master of Music
Standard Period of Study 4 Semesters

The Master's degree in Musical Performance and Education enables particularly suitable and motivated students to deepen and expand their knowledge and skills from the Bachelor's degree, to form an individual artistic, educational and scientific profile on a high level.

The course is divided into two alternative fields of study:

  • Instrumental Pedagogy and
  • Choir and Ensemble Direction.

In the Instrumental Pedagogy major, a choice is made between the Practice and the Research Profile.

Optionally, an additional qualification in Improvisation Pedagogy can be acquired.

Modules and study contents

Degree Programme Instrumental Pedagogy

At the centre of the degree programme Instrumental Pedagogy is the expansion and deepening of instrumental-technical, stylistic, interpretative, improvisational, didactic, pedagogical and pedagogical-scientific skills and abilities.

Students usually receive 90 minutes of individual lessons per week on their main instrument. If a supplementary subject is chosen (such as harpsichord to main instrument piano), the teaching time is adjusted (e.g. 60 minutes piano and 30 minutes harpsichord lessons).  An overview of the instrumental main and supplementary subjects as well as the possible combinations can be found in the information on the entrance examination ("Information for the Audition").

In addition to the main and, if applicable, supplementary instrument, the study content includes

  • Chamber music/ensemble playing
  • Music pedagogy and didactics (including a choice from various areas)
  • Music physiology and self-management (professionalisation module)
  • Supplementary subjects for individual focus, e.g. performance practice, choral and ensemble conducting, body work, percussion, improvisation, interpretation analysis.

In addition, there is a free elective area in the Practice Profile. In the Research Profile, this is replaced by a compulsory elective module for further academic qualification. An individual music pedagogical supplementary area in the curriculum serves to integrate different starting levels (change of university, etc.).

The degree programme is completed with a final examination in the instrumental main subject and a final project (Master's thesis). This artistic-pedagogical project must be planned independently, carried out outside the university and reflected according to scientific criteria. A project seminar is offered to accompany the final project. In the Research Profile, a scientific Master's thesis is written in addition to the - significantly smaller - project.

Degree Programme Choir and Ensemble Conducting

The programme Choir and Ensemble Conducting includes:

  • Choral and ensemble conducting
  • Orchestral conducting
  • Singing (individual lessons)
  • Vocal methodology
  • Ensemble-accompanying piano playing
  • Ear training/aural analysis.

Students also take ensemble playing or vocal chamber music, choral and ensemble singing and can choose from a range of supplementary subjects (performance practice, improvisation, percussion). The curriculum is rounded off by the module "Extended Professional Practice" with the subjects assistance/hospitation, didactics/methodology, self-management and a free elective area.

The degree programme is completed with a final artistic-pedagogical project (Master's thesis). This comprises, among other things, the independent planning and realisation of a concert programme of approx. 60 minutes, including all associated tasks such as rehearsal planning, rehearsal, creation of a programme booklet. A project seminar is offered to accompany the final project.

Career outlook

The Master's degree programme qualifies students in particular for performing and teaching music and to take on music leadership tasks in cultural and educational institutions. The programme equips students with the necessary competences to work independently and in a well-founded manner in a broad music education field. The major in Research enables a further academic career in university teaching and research, e.g. in the form of a doctorate in music education.

Graduates pursue activities as professional musicians, music teachers, music mediators and music education researchers at a high level. The degree course enables students to work musically with choirs and orchestras as well as to work in freelance or employed positions in cultural, educational and further education institutions (e. g. as department or music school directors or as music mediators in concert halls).

Requirements for admission

Applicants must pass an entrance exam. The prerequisite for admission to the entrance examination is a completed undergraduate bachelor's degree in Musical Performance and Education or a comparable completed music degree with at least 20 credit points in music pedagogical or instrumental didactic subjects (please make a list and attach it to the application). Applicants for the Research Profile must submit an independently written music education term paper of at least 20 pages.

Additional information, also for applicants in the field of study Choir and Ensemble Conducting, is provided in the paper "Information for the Audition".

Programme learning outcomes


Students of the Master's degree programme " Musical Performance and Education " with its two major study subjects "Instrumental Education" (including practice-oriented and science-oriented concentrations) and "Choral and Ensemble Directing" enjoy a solid musical educational background and possess didactic and methodological flexibility which enables them to meet the demands of a multifaceted artistic and educational environment in a responsible and sustainable way. The study programme is aimed likewise towards artistic skills at the highest level and expertise to convey these to different target groups in different contexts. Students are trained in the best possible way to position themselves as artists and educators in the dynamic professional fields and in changing social and societal formations as well as to actively help shape these - especially in leading roles.

The first focus is on the deepening and broadening of musical abilities and skills. Students are enabled to build up their own artistic profile and to constantly expand it. During the course of study, they gain a broad overview and deep insight into playing techniques and possibilities of interpretation of concert literature for their instrument. They learn to independently work through the works of a high degree of difficulty, to play them expressively with a healthy playing technique and to deal with performance situations in an experienced manner.

The second focus of the practice-oriented profile is placed on the instrumental-educational and didactic skills. Students are qualified to provide music and instrumental instruction to all performance and age levels according to current standards, to conceive, initiate, implement and reflect on projects in music education as well as artistic-educational projects with instrumental or vocal groups in the amateur and semi-professional sector. They learn to meet different learning requirements and to deal with learning settings with various teaching forms and situations in a competent way.

The science-oriented profile of the degree programme includes the examination of questions and topics of music and instrumental pedagogical research at the current scientific level - among other things, in a doctoral programme, for which they are qualified with this degree. Students learn the research methods and areas of the discipline and are instructed to conduct their own research. Students are enabled to gain a sound understanding of the concepts of higher education didactics and to design, plan and implement events and formats of further education and advanced training. They are qualified to take a position in teaching or research at the universities and other higher education institutions.

Major study area “Choral and ensemble directing” involves deepening and broadening of artistic and pedagogical skills and abilities in the area of vocal and instrumental ensemble conducting as well as building up an individual professional profile.

Further qualification goals refer to the development of an artistic personality showing both pedagogic and social engagement. Students learn to design projects in such a way that they can have a transformative effect on the musical educational landscape as well as on society as a whole. They develop a deeper understanding of social dimensions of their work (e. g. in relation to dealing with diversity, inclusion, artistic citizenship) in order to position themselves, their work and the art form of music in social discourses in a flexible and insightful way. This also includes basic experience in self- and project management.



  • Prof. Dr. Andrea Welte

    Professor of Music Education

    Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Institute for Music Education Research
    Neues Haus 1, 30175 Hannover
    1.003 | Seelhorststraße 3
    More information:

Examination Office

  • Judith Degro

    Department for Studies and Teaching | Examination Board Pianoforte B. Mus., Keyboard Instruments M. Mus., Musical Performance and Education B. Mus./M. Mus., Church Music B. Mus./M. Mus.

    Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media
    Neues Haus 1, 30175 Hannover
    E001 | Loebensteinstraße 2

    Phone: +49 (0)511 3100-7254

    Office hours: Mo 09:30-12 Uhr | Di 09:30-12 Uhr und (nur online) 14-15:30 Uhr | Do 14-15:30 Uhr | und nach Vereinbarung | Digitaler Besprechungsraum:

Registration Office

  • Beate Heitmüller

    Department for Studies and Teaching | Matriculation Office, Examination Office Junior Students, Solo Class

    Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media
    Neues Haus 1, 30175 Hannover
    E007 | Loebensteinstraße 2

    Phone: +49 (0)511 3100-7223

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