Elementary Music Pedagogy

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The Detmold study programme, Elementary Music Pedagogy (EMP), is distinctive for its unusually high proportion of practical work, intended to prepare students for the multi-faceted requirements of their future vocational field. For a first experience of teaching practice in different groups (small children with parents, nursery and primary school children, senior citizens and people with disabilities, children’s and youth choirs and various instrumental groups) the Detmold EMP cooperates with numerous institutions including music schools in the town and surrounding area, the Detmold Lebenshilfe organisation, various kindergartens, primary and special needs schools, the Detmolder Schloss-Spatzen children’s choir and the cathedral music departments in Paderborn and Münster. The students are also active in different projects, whether it be with the preparation of specific concert formats with special needs pupils or with Lebenshilfe members, singing and music making with refugee women and mentally disadvantaged young people or music therapy work with children from Bethel. Last but not least, the Detmold Music Kindergarten gives students the opportunity to experience and explore the whole spectrum of music in the nursery. Detmold EMP has been in existence since 2006 and students who have graduated with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree are much in demand in the professional market and are employed throughout Germany in musical and cultural educational institutions. They are making a real contribution to society, since by opening doors to music and music making, they are allowing many people access to their basic right to a musical education and indeed to music itself.

As future artistic and educational specialist personnel who will be communicating music in a wide range of contexts, our EMP students are exceptionally well-positioned, not only from an educational point of view, but musically as well: they can sing and play an instrument, dance and make music using Orff instruments and have plenty of practice in speech and drama. The artistic presentations in the EMP are usually put together by students improvising and making their own arrangements, typically combining body, voice and instruments. Music is put to playful and flexible uses. The results, which are often presented publicly on stage at a workshop or at final examinations, tend to come under the category of cabaret.

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Winter semester

Bachelor/ Master: 15.02. - 15.03.

Summer semester

Bachelor/Master: 01.10. - 01.11.

Please apply to the Detmold University of Music via the online platform muvac.

  • First of all, create your muvac candidate profile with as detailed information as possible.
  • Then select the degree program you are interested in amongst the vacancies directly in muvac under Institutions – Hochschule für Musik Detmold. It is important that you upload your complete application documents and your video for the pre-selection (if required for your degree program). Check beforehand that your video meets all the requirements.
  • A processing fee of 50.00 Euros will be charged for the application. Please note: a refund is not possible.

Important: Please check in your e-mails afterwards that you have received a confirmation e-mail. You will be informed about the status of your application via muvac.

The probable dates of the aptitude tests can be found here.

The following requirements must be met for the chosen study programme:

Please send a video in which you perform a Lied or a song or a Chanson. You should accompany yourself with one or more instruments (materials), e.g. body percussion, percussion, guitar, piano, ukulele, accordion, resonant materials (Duration: c. 3 min.). Afterwards please explain why you have chosen this Lied or song or Chanson (c. 1 min.). Total duration: max. 5 min.)

The audition for the main subject Elementary Music Pedagogy in the study programme B.M. Elementary Music Pedagogy comprises several parts.

Carrying out a group music session, e.g. with voice, movement, dance, body percussion, Orff instruments, materials, etc.; approx. 7 minutes (Please refrain from using notated music here and choose the appropriate level for students).

Free improvisation (instr. or voice) according to a given text, picture or similar.


The aptitude test also consists of the following compulsory subjects:

Piano: 1 piece, self-selected, also own composition (min. intermediate level of difficulty)


- Lied/aria/song – accompanied (piano accompaniment will be provided)
- Spoken text, prose or poem (may also be performed scenically/danced)

Requirements for the compulsory instrumental subject (optional):

- 1 piece, self-selected, also own composition (min. intermediate level of difficulty)

Music Theory: Demonstration of a command of "General Music Theory", basic knowledge of harmony. Written test of 60 minutes duration: notation, beat/rhythm, intervals, scales (incl. church modes), chord structure. Continuation of a given melody; elementary 2-part linear and 4-part homophonic song setting; (supplementary oral examination if necessary).Example

Aural Skills: Examination of giftedness and previous education. Written test of about 60 minutes duration: time signatures, rhythmisation of a tone sequence, interval and chord dictation, simple 2-part movement, melodic memory task, recognition of rhythmic and melodic errors. Supplementary oral examination: Tapping simple rhythms, singing intervals and chords, re-singing a melody, re-singing a lower voice, sight-singing a simple melody. Example

To prepare for the aptitude test in the subjects music theory and ear training, you can use our newly developed tutorials and exercises:

1. Register for free on
2. Select the course 003 aptitude test at HfM Detmold or use the following link:

The Deutsche Tonkünstlerverband offers preparatory courses in music theory and ear training for the aptitude test in Detmold.

The following requirements must be met for the chosen study programme:



Video recording: Please introduce yourself in the video in a few sentences and explain your motivation for this programme of study. Duration: c. 3 minutes.


A (transdisciplinary) artistic presentation of a total of 15 minutes, which includes at least two of four musical media of expression. Instrument or singing are compulsory. You can choose one of the following presentation options.

Instrument or Singing

  1. Instrument or singing + speech or
  2. Instrument or. singing + movement/dance or
  3. Instrument or singing + speech and additionally movement/dance or
  4. Instrument or singing + movement/dance and additionally speech

The audition will examine: (a) artistic and (b) artistic-creative competences, (c) critical reflection skills and (d) personal motivation.

(a) see preliminary round B ARTISTIC PRESENTATION

(b) Guiding a short musical-artistic performance with a group of students. Duration c. 10 minutes - prepared.

(c) Critical reflection on a short factual text given on the day of the audition, duration c. 10 minutes - spontaneous.

(d) Motivation interview, duration c. 10 minutes.


If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Please visit us at our opening hours or write a mail to the following address:


The program director Prof. Heike Arnold-Joppich will answer questions regarding the content of the programs.