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Guitar

Teaching staff

Prof. Michael Hampel
Beata Bedkowska-Huang
Matthias Kläger 
Claudia Oltzscher (Guitar methodology)
Christian Reichert

Available Courses of study

Bachelor Music artistic profile
Bachelor Music artistic-pedagogical profile
Master Music
Master Music music pedagogy
Concert Exam

Bachelor of Music

Main Idea

From the beginning of the course, artistic development on the guitar is closely linked to the question of how one's own learning works in the first place and how what has been learned can be conveyed in an artistically imaginative way. Art and pedagogy are closely correlated in the field of instrumental learning and are placed in a exchange. At the same time, the use of different forms of instruction (individual instruction, small group instruction, class instruction) creates a variety of instruction in the principal subjects, thereby the amount of artistic input increasing quantitatively (through more instructional time) and qualitatively (through a variety of artistic stimulation). Thus, artistic and pedagogical training components appear to be mutually reinforcing areas.

Innovative lesson design

  • In principal subjects lesson 1 (Classical Guitar), students are allowed to be flexible with their available major lesson time: For example, class times can be combined so that two students then have a double period available as partner lessons. It is also possible to study with two teachers in parallel (co-teaching). Thus, on the one hand, the class can develop into a learning community in which learning by observing others, mutual exchange and mutual support in artistic educational processes becomes the norm. On the other hand, students already get to know a flexible, methodically-didactically differentiated art of teaching first-hand during their principal instrumental training at the university, which is an important building block for future professional life.
  • This principle of combining small main subject teaching time units also makes it possible to set up the new subject "Learning Strategies / Practice Methods / Technique Training" as a group lesson.
  • The weekly class session is designed for students to share the wealth of guitar literature with each other through papers & artistic presentations in order to learn from each other's personal preferences and specialized knowledge. Special attention is given to sight-reading skills necessary for a comprehensive study of the literature. Furthermore, there is room in the class lesson for an exchange about the pieces currently being worked on with regard to interpretational and general artistic questions of performance. Last but not least, students will also make music together in the guitar ensemble during the class session. The necessary arrangements are created by the students themselves and they also alternately take over the leadership of the rehearsals.
  • There is a set time each week when students teach each other on the guitar. This subject, named "Interstudent Teaching Practice," is designed to promote artistic exchange among students and also to provide them with practical insights into learning and teaching processes with highly advanced students.
  • From the very beginning, recital evenings of the guitar class will be linked with concepts of unusual programming as well as concert pedagogical elements in order to become acquainted with imaginative new concert forms on their own.

Stylistic diversity

A pool of artistic teachers from outside the university who are experts in a particular guitaristic style (for example, flamenco, fingerstyle, jazz or metal guitar) can be visited by students in phases for lessons outside the university. Among other things, this artistic internship enables students to develop an individual artistic profile and also ensures a stylistic or genre-related diversity already during the course of study, which the guitar has to offer more than any other instrument.

Improvisation

One of the aims of guitar training is to integrate improvisation into the principal subject lessons, for example by setting tasks for improvisation with the compositional means of a composition currently being worked on (stylistic improvisation) or by introducing students to free playing with musical material.

Master of Music Music Education

The artistic principal subject guitar can be chosen in the Master of Music Music Education. (A start of studies in this program is only possible in the winter semester!)

Study plans principal subject guitar

degree course curriculum artistic-pedagogic profil (Mono-Bachelor/Major-Minor) (in german)
modules, artistic-pedagogic profile (in german)

degree course curriculum artistic profile (Mono-Bachelor/Major-Minor) (in german)
modules, artistic profile (in german)

degree course curriculum Master of Music (in german)
modules Master of Music (in german)
degree course curriculum concert exam (in german)

Notes on the entrance exams

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