The Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree Program aims toward an individual curriculum for students and thus satisfies the needs of graduates facing a changing occupational field.
The students at the University of Music Würzburg can increase their chances for a successful career through individual targeted specialization. Aside from the wellfounded and artistically ambitious training on the main instrument, accents can be set from the beginning of one’s studies; for example, a basic knowledge of pedagogy, also in the context of artistic training or practical
instruction in self-management in one’s own ensembles. An extensive offering of chamber music instruction, regular internal recitals and supportive measures such as mental training and informative events regarding musician health, career environment, etc., supplement the clearly defined core curriculum of the various subject areas.
Through a personal choice of module offerings according to individual desires and inclinations, students may plan their curricula freely and thereby open possibilities for career entry in an orchestra, founding and working with a chamber music group, and last but not least, working as a freelance musician.
The study of instrumental and vocal pedagogy is marked at the University of Music Würzburg by its realistic career orientation; that is, with the basic idea that a practical orientation leads to comprehensive music educational as well as intensive artistic training.
- Already at the outset of studies, one is provided an internship for career orientation at a music school.
- Under the assumption that one learns to teach best by teaching, students work early on with pupils in demonstration lessons or with model classes. In this context students also get to know the working method of Elementary Music Pedagogy (EMP).
- Nowadays music instruction takes place not only in individual lessons, but rather more and more in groups. Aside from economic reasons, this approach also has special pedagogical justifications. Group instruction requires special pedagogical skills for which students have been prepared in their studies.
- These days, whoever works as a music educator must time and again fascinate and motivate pupils for all things new, thus winning them for music. They learn this skill in practical seminars in which pupil recitals, concerts, etc. are prepared and carried out. The occupational field of music education is changing rapidly and thus necessitates the skill of selfmanagement. This response to changes is reflected in the subject Career Information.
- Last but not least: Those who have an interest in music educational research or who develop such an interest during the course of their studies, will find broad support from the University. At our University of Music, it is possible to pursue a doctoral degree.
At the end of eight semesters of study, students acquire a Bachelor of Music Degree in the artistic-pedagogical core subject of choice. With this degree they are eligible to work at both private and communal music schools, or as a freelance music teacher. Also, it is possible to work at schools for general education and at continuing education centers, including training institutions (training colleges, conservatories, universities).