Subjects

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First Study

– Weekly private lesson
– Intensive artistic work with accompanists
– Regular stage experience from termly and student concerts

Instrumental Pedagogy

– Phenomena of the general human development and its links for music pedagogy work
– Observe and reflect on own practise methods
– Analysis of teaching literature
– Demonstration lessons

Practice and performing

Students have weekly opportunities to perform publicly and will be for these concerts physically, mentally and artistically trained. Working in a group encompasses many benefits and improves creativity.

Music history and theory of musical forms

– Music history as a mirror of spiritual development in the Western culture
– Musical style and biographies of the composers associated with your social environment
– Analysis of the development of the theory of musical forms through various periods
– Preparation and rehearsals and concert visits to the NDR Symphony orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic etc.

Musical Phenomenology

– A qualitative method for accessing the various musical elements, such as intervals, tonalities and the individual tone
– From experience, and observation and its effects on exploring your own soul
– „… Investigate what is, and not what pleases.” – Goethe

Eurythmics

– Make music flow and transparent
– Movement and expression to come from within the music’s inner life
– Making the inaudible music visible

Anthroposophy

– Passive and active conflicts with the basic themes of Anthroposophy
– Awareness and perception training, self-development
– Meditation

Music Theory

Basic concepts of general music teaching, e.g. history of notation, harmonic series, intervals, structure of scales, circle of fifths and tone system, harmony (triads, cadences, etc.), tonality and atonality, Solfège

Harmony

– Writing tunes in different scales e.g. pentatonic, modes, major, minor
– Harmonizing famous melodies
– Compose your own polyphonic songs
– Advanced: compose in the style of other composers

Ear Training

– Singing, listening and understanding intervals, chords, melodies and rhythms
– Explore one’s own hearing process
– Developing different listening methods

Rhythm

– Phenomena of musical time
– Rhythm, beat, metre, breathing and pulse, time and silence
– Practical exercises

Body Percussion, Tap Dance, African drums

– Experience moving to rhythm and learning more about your body

Conducting

– Directing and guiding a group – Fundamentals of Choral Conducting, e.g. giving cues, beating different time signatures, showing on and up beats
– rehearsal methodology for rehearsing canons and easier polyphonic passages
– Goal at the end of the year of study to become a good interpreter and conductor of choir music

Drama

– Learn to move on the stage, stage presence
– Express mental images
– Combining with the first study: developing interpretation with the help of mental images