Music Education/Music Management

The five-semester Master of Music degree course in Music Education / Music Management offers continuing professional development to anyone working as a professional in the world of music who wants to make their work more effective. We want to make cultural participation available to as many people as possible by giving them access to a living experience of music.

From children’s and young people’s concerts to ways of communicating with adults, whether in small-scale participative formats or staged musical performances involving large groups of instruments: in Detmold you will learn state-of-the-art methods, formats and ideas that are used by music education specialists in Europe. Music education as a social practice is an interface discipline that aims to build relationships with various (primarily classical) music audiences – whether quantitatively (reaching more and larger audiences) or qualitatively (reaching a specific new, different audience).

Following your Master’s study programme you could end up working as a concert educator, as head of the music education department of a concert hall or orchestra, or as a musician you could develop your own concert practice (e.g. presenting or staging concerts). You could expand your music school so that it becomes a beacon of culture with an enhanced profile, or in your role as a culture manager you could receive fresh inspiration regarding the range of services you are able to offer. The additional training you receive as an orchestral musician could enable you to take the initiative in setting up an educational concert programme for your orchestra, or you could independently design, plan and finance your own innovative artistic music education projects.

The study programme is based on 20 residential weekends in Detmold and has three key elements: training sessions in stage presence, public speaking techniques, rhetoric and digital communication, the Concertino Piccolino concert laboratory and a seminar programme of workshops, lectures and seminars. While the training sessions prepare the students for their professional practice – on, in front of and behind the stage –, they are also given professional guidance in developing a concert format for preschool children. The series takes its title, ‘Concertino Piccolino’, from a well-established and popular children’s concert series held in the Detmold Summer Theatre. The seminar programme puts across the theoretical and conceptual bases and methodological formats of music education, taking into account current developments, topics and trends. Numerous international experts are there to share their expertise with the students and to offer insights into the content and methods they use. The teaching programme is augmented by a whole host of projects, collaborative work, competitions and excursions. 

As a student and alumnus/alumna, you will be part of the vigorously active international network linked with the Detmold study programme. Ever since it was established in 1998, over 200 students have graduated successfully from the study programme. They come from all over Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland and are now working in leading positions in the German-speaking music education field.