Music Teaching Bachelor and Master study courses

The teacher training study prepares the students for their future teaching profession in a wide range of areas. In addition to artistic tuition (instrumental and vocal), the course offering includes lectures in Music Pedagogy and Music Didactics, Musicology, Music Theory and Choral Directing / Conducting.

The Folkwang University of the Arts is one of the few art and music universities in Germany – and the only one in North Rhine-Westphalia to include Teacher Training in Primary Schools alongside the B.A./M.Ed. teacher training study courses for Grammar/Comprehensive schools as well as General, Secondary (Modern) and Comprehensive schools in its course offering. In cooperation with the University of Duisburg-Essen, Music is studied in combination with a second subject or two other fields of study (primary school) as well as educational sciences.



The standard period of study for the Bachelor study courses (B.A.) is six semesters and comprises 180 ECTS credits, while for the Master study courses (M.Ed.) the period is four semesters and 120 ECTS credits.



Numerous cooperations and projects with schools and other institutions providing educational programmes in the musical field (e.g. the Essen Philharmonie or the Education Programme of the Ruhr Piano Festival) as well as specialist seminars in the second phase of teacher training create a close relation to music pedagogy practice.

Following on from the Master study course, it is possible to undertake a doctoral study course in the Music Pedagogy and Musicology subjects.

Students and graduates of Teacher Training in Primary Schools on their study at Folkwang

The teacher training study programme is …
unique, personal, congenial, creative, practical, divers

Studying Teacher Training in Primary Schools at Folkwang …

„... was always my life's dream and has surpassed my expectations in many respects (particularly in relation to my personal development)."

Anna Kortmann, Music Teacher Training in Primary Schools (M.Ed.) graduate in the 2018 summer semester

„... is a good blend of congenial togetherness and professional expertise“

Verena Kossin, Music Teacher Training in Primary Schools (M.Ed.) student

My look back on teacher training at Folkwang to date:

Respect for the art university has become a feeling of being home.“

Lena Heimlich, Music Teacher Training in Primary Schools (M.Ed.) student

I have acquired a lot of practical experience, made close friendships and really enjoyed studying.“

Nora Feikes, Music Teacher Training in Primary Schools (M.Ed.) graduate in the 2018 summer semester

My look ahead to my future activity in teaching:

Anticipation and the certainty that I am well prepared in Music and can make a smooth transition to teaching at school.“

Marina Karrie, Music Teacher Training in Primary Schools (M.Ed.) graduate in the 2018 summer semester

Being able to create and use a network of a large number of music teachers; obtaining plenty of ideas from the study course; having no fears going into the internship.“

Charlotte Merfeld, Music Teacher Training in Primary Schools (M.Ed.) student

All portrait photos: Franziska Götzen