Fundamental Music Education – Music in the Social Field

Elementary music is never music by itself, it is linked to movement, dance and language, a music oneself has to make – and in which one is involved not as a listener, but as a participant.
Carl Orff

Are you a versatile all-round musician? Do you enjoy realizing your artistic ideas in creative projects and concerts? Do you like working with people and want to stimulate them to musical experiences through their own artistic work? Do you have the inkling that music is so deeply connected to people that making music can have an impact on personal development and the accompaniment of human development, that music can even heal?

Then the training in “Fundamental Music Education” (EMP) could be the very thing for you!

The 4-year course “EMP – Music in the Social Field” prepares you for a diverse artistic and educational career. The aim is to discover and address the musician in every person in a creative process using instruments, the voice, and movement. EMP practice means becoming a music educator, “ear opener” in a wide variety of social fields of activity.

Professional Field
The professional field of musicians in the social field moves at the interface of art, pedagogy and curative education.

Possible fields of activity for working with groups are:

  • Parent-child groups with music, early musical education, music offers in the retirement home, conducting singing groups, drum groups, choirs and instrumental ensembles, youth work in the social focus, use in emergency and trauma pedagogy in crisis areas
  • Musical process support
  • Instrumental or singing lessons in freelance work
  • Own artistic activity: concert, performance, Musikvermittlung projects

Artistic main subject (instrument, singing or rhythmics), methodology and didactics of the main subject, second main subject EMP, trauma and emergency pedagogy, sitting in on classes and teaching internships, EMP projects, choir, ensemble, practice-oriented piano playing, musical phenomenology, speech, voice training, acting after Chekhov, Eurythmy, improvisation, arranging and conducting the ensemble, musical composition, music theory, ear training, relative solmization, movement, dance, rhythm, percussion, body percussion, music history, form theory, anthroposophical anthropology, Musikvermittlung, music management

Not just another studies – it’s all about your studies!
Individual setting of priorities in the study design
Learning in projects – “Involve me and I learn”
Study support by a mentor

Elementary Music Education at MenschMusik Hamburg
Development of the human-forming powers of music in individual professional practice
Musical phenomenology as an interdisciplinary method
Anthroposophical anthropology as the basis of pedagogy

Standard Period of Study
4 years

Admission Requirements
Requirements for the entrance exam:

  • Performance of two opposing works on the main instrument/voice
    – Basic knowledge of piano playing or another harmony instrument (guitar, accordion)
    – Audition of a song of your choice (in case you have chosen an instrumental major)
    – Oral test in music theory and ear training
    – Motivational interview

Training Structure (in German)
Curriculum EMP – Musik im Sozialen
Strukturplan der Ausbildung
Allgemeine Prüfungsordnung

Certificate “Elementary Music Pedagogy”
The certificate confirms the professional qualification as a freelance teacher for elementary music education.

Start of studies
September 23, 2024

Course director: Barbara Hanssen,