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Multifaceted, research-based and practically oriented: The Elemental Music Pedagogy (EMP/AME) Program in Detmold

Whether as part of an EMP major (Bachelor EMP), minor or master’s degree program, in Detmold you will find many opportunities to obtain qualifications in this artistic-pedagogical subject area.

Quality is where the emphasis in the Detmold EMP program lies: This is clearly evidenced in the artistic stage productions of our students as well as in the didactically differentiated teaching practices that take place in our Hochschule-initiated EMP practice groups (small children and their parents, kindergarten children, elementary school children, seniors, vocal and percussion groups).

Another special aspect of the EMP program in Detmold are the 2-semester long pedagogical master’s programs “Singing with Children” and “Group Music with Elementary School Children”

Curriculum plans and further information can be found under Studies or by contacting Prof. Heike Arnold-Joppich


Author: Prof. Heike Arnold-Joppich | Last updated: 04.09.2009

Translation: Camille Savage-Kroll


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Goals and skills: Bachelor of Elementary Music Education

The Bachelor’s Degree Course in Elementary Music Education provides students with the skills required for qualified teaching of elementary music groups


  • all ages and levels (babies to seniors);
  • all fields: singing, movement, improvisation, listening;
  • elementary instrumentarium/Orff instrumentarium, elementary music theory, first lessons on a primary instrument;
  • ability to develop, practise and perform musicals with focus groups;
  • work artistically on elementary music pieces;
  • provide advanced music education for pre-school educators and primary school teachers.



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Core Curriculum


In addition to the main artistic and pedagogical subject areas of EMP (Gestaltung, Didactic Seminars), students in this program receive instruction in the following areas:

  • main instrument/voice
  • piano (when not main instrument) and piano improvisation
  • voice, speech, vocal training/health for children
  • eurythmics, body awareness and movement, stage presence
  • improvisation
  • elemental arrangement
  • conducting
  • percussion and body percussion
  • practice groups and internships
  • as well as music theory, aural skills, musicology and music psychology

Students of elemental music pedagogy also have the opportunity to experience and participate in the offerings of other departments, such as school music, music mediation and instrumental or vocal music pedagogy.



Practice Groups

A distinctive feature of the elemental music pedagogy program is the opportunity for students to gain intensive and invaluable practical experience combined with the most up-to-date research. Currently active are practice groups in the following areas:

  • parent-child group
  • kindergarten children
  • elementary school (Grundschule) children (2. grade), EMP-group, ensemble und vocal groups
  • senior music group


Author: Prof. Heike Arnold-Joppich | Last updated: 19.09.2010
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Master in Group Music: Objectives and competencies

Target competencies: The ability

  • to conduct instrumental group lessons (3–5 children) with primary school children;
  • to create arrangements for mixed primary school orchestras;
  • to direct a primary school orchestra.

Content of the course:


1. Didactics

  • Didactics of elementary instrumental instruction
  • Didactics of group music
  • Introduction to elementary music
  • Development psychology: primary school age
  • Etc.

2. Teaching practice

  • Playing music with primary school children
  • Instrument – beginners’ groups
  • Independent direction of a mixed primary school orchestra
  • ‘Instrument carousel’/instrument introduction in primary school
  • Internship “JEKI” or similar (1st year, 2nd year, class orchestra)

3. Musical-artistic competencies

  • Arrangement for mixed ensembles
  • Practical study of instruments for directors of mixed ensembles
  • Conducting/ensemble directing
  • Percussion (mallets, drums, elementary instruments)
  • Solmisation
  • Body percussion/rhythm
  • Speech training/vocal training
  • Conception (e.g. developing pupil performance in the class orchestra)


4. Master thesis

Author: Prof. Heike Arnold-Joppich | Last updated: 19.09.2010
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Singing with Children: Objectives and Expertise


The Master examination constitutes a further professional qualification of the study course. As part of the study course, professional knowledge, skills and methods are taught in such a way, that students are capable of independent, artistic and pedagogic work.

The study course is orientated on theory, methods and applications and aims to prepare the students for a variety of vocational opportunities.  Due to the individual module examinations which form part of the Master’s examination, it is shown that the main objectives of the respective modules have been met in the context of the study objectives.

Graduates of the master study course “Singing with children” are able to direct children’s vocal groups up to grade 7 (children and school choirs, school classes, choir and vocal classes, voice training groups etc.) not only in a vocal – musical framework but also in a didactical one. Future professional fields could include general schools, music schools, churches, associations etc., choir associations or self employment.

Depending on individual focus, the graduates are also qualified to sing with children in early childhood and / or of pre school age and to carry out training sessions on “Singing with children”.

Finally, the master study course enables an informed discussion of theory and practice of the subject “Singing with children” and a further development of the subject overall.


Author: Prof. Heike Arnold-Joppich | Last updated: 19.09.2010
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Author: Prof. Heike Arnold-Joppich | Last updated: 29.09.2010
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Author: Prof. Heike Arnold-Joppich | Last updated: 29.09.2010
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