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In what form will teaching take place in the summer semester 2020?

A large part of this semester's teaching will take place online. The in-house video conference system "Conclave" and the learning platform "Glarean" are available for this purpose.

The changeover to digital teaching will certainly not proceed smoothly and will not always function optimally: There will also be teething problems from 20 April 2020. The university management and administration are doing their utmost to meet these challenges as best they can. The university is open to helpful and creative ideas on how we can move forward in the current situation.

How will private lessons take place?

The gradual return to regular face-to-face lessons should follow an ideal three-level model. It all starts with online teaching, which you should plan in direct contact with your main subject teacher. We have already been able to significantly improve the Hochschule’s video conference system “Conclave” and are confident that this positive development will continue. Our state does not have a clear position with regard to the use of commercial online communication platforms. Although the MWK explicitly advises against using Zoom, it has not yet issued a binding restriction on use. Basically, the Musikhochschule Freiburg is digitally well-positioned compared to many other music schools. It is important to expand the existing possibilities and, of course, to try new ones. Please do not be afraid to contact our specialists with your questions (e-learning(at)mh-freiburg.de).

The Hochschule has ordered several laptops, tablets, etc. as part of a support program from the state in order to equip students who do not have their own equipment. It is also planned to open a room in the Hochschule for those students who cannot or only poorly establish online communication from home. The room should have technical equipment that should enable active participation in this new form of teaching and learning, under good conditions. As soon as we have developed a viable concept for this we will contact you.

The second level in the three-level model is the master class teaching, the first form of live classroom instruction. There are a total of six large rooms available at the Hochschule (concert hall, chamber music hall, room 156, room 117, Rhythmik room, opera school), in which class lessons can be held while respecting safety requirements. Five of these rooms also have two independent entrances and exits. The wind and vocal classes, which are particularly "risky" with regard to droplet infection, can also move safely across the width of the concert hall, for example. It is planned to provide each teacher with a certain amount of time per week. How the respective main subject teachers use this contingent (in consultation with their students) remains open: it is possible to have group lessons or (shortened) individual lessons, with equally apportioned time, or more time for the exam candidates.

The third level in the three-level model is the classic one-on-one lesson. It also means the return to regular classrooms. To be on the safe side, we have had a certain number of plexiglass panels manufactured, which can be placed between students and teachers as needed.

These levels are not strictly chronological: online classes and master classes, for example, complement each other. And neither the master class nor the classroom instruction erase the possibility of online teaching. These levels will not be reached simultaneously in all subjects. I do not think it is out of the question that with a favorable overall development, in many subjects we could return to regular individual lessons in May. At the same time, this model enables us to react flexibly to fluctuations in the health situation and to adapt to external conditions.

It is clear that the three-level model and the structure of our practice are linked to each other: The more we return to the traditional form of one-to-one teaching at our Hochschule, the more the strict student-room bond dissolves. This then goes hand in hand with an increasing dissolution of the individual isolation of students and teachers and a gradual return to a - albeit regulated - coexistence. The following table shows this inner dynamic:

Three-stage model: opening of the MH Freiburg in Corona times


form of Instruction

possible start
(subject to official approval)

Level 1
Practice in assigned rooms of the MH lessons
central entry, disinfection, according to schedule

lessons digital/media

from 20.04.2020

Level 2
Practice in assigned rooms of the MH
Masterclass in large rooms, 1x / week

lessons digital/media
Masterclass in large rooms, 1x / week

approx. 1-2 weeks later

Level 3
Increasingly "free" practice in the MH classroom
Plexiglas panes as protection if necessary

classroom teaching in MH, possibly plexiglass protection;
Rehearsals with accompaniment + chamber music with distance

approx. 2-4 weeks later

If there is an overall positive regional development of the pandemic, the return to work in and with the large ensembles could follow in the last semester weeks - as a fourth step, so to speak.

How will lessons be held in small groups?

The subjects of accompaniment, chamber music, Liedgestaltung, EMP, etc. face particular challenges, because for them the transition into online lessons is hardly possible using the technical means currently available to us. I know from some accompanists that they record and send their instrumental part for their students at home. And although these “Music Minus One” recordings can never replace a live pianist, the teachers assure me that this kind of work is not completely useless. Teaching that is based less than usual on making music together also seems to open up the possibility to take a closer look at certain other parameters which sometimes take a back seat due to time constraints.

In the beginning, it is of course advisable to concentrate more on the interpretive aspect. I am convinced that working in a duo (possibly using plexiglass protection) will be possible again soon - and that the accompanists do not have to prepare for a long dry spell of inactivity. Practical solutions are currently being sought for courses that require physical presence and work in a larger group, for example in music education courses, especially in elementary music education but also in vocal training (opera, etc.).

How will the teaching of scientific subjects take place?

Teaching in the scientific (academic) and artistic-theoretical subjects (music theory, musicology, music education, musicians’ medicine, etc.) will take place exclusively online this semester. The different teaching formats (small groups, seminars, lectures, exercises) will be coordinated via Glarean, our online learning platform. By 20 April 2020 you will receive detailed information on how to register for certain courses or how to contact the teachers. You will also learn from the teachers or via the platform which examination requirements are expected and how they may be fulfilled.

How can I practice at the university?

If you absolutely need a room at the university for practice purposes, please write to h.mammel(at)mh-freiburg.deby Tuesday, 14 April 2020 at the latest.

The Hochschule can only be entered through the small white door to the right of the main entrance. For authorization, the student ID card must be held against the electronic reader attached to the window. The door will be opened electronically from the Reception. If you do not have your student ID with you, you can communicate directly with the Reception. Only one student may be admitted to the Hochschule at a time. Please only come to the Hochschule if you have given notice or have registered. Please keep a sufficient distance from each other in front of the entrance and stand in a line.

Immediately behind the white entrance door is a specially installed wash basin. All students are required to wash their hands before entering the Hochschule. The water is activated by a foot pedal. Please do not touch anything with your hands before washing your hands, and avoid any direct contact.

In the Hochschule, the practice areas and the administrative area are strictly separated from each other by barriers. Please respect these barriers and do not cross them. In the university, the paths to your practice room will be marked. You will also receive directions in advance, along with a required declaration of responsibility, by email. The declaration of responsibility/consent also contains general and instrument- or subject-specific hygiene regulations. These regulations must be signed before entering the Hochschule for the first time and must be turned in to the designated location or sent by e-mail to the responsible member of the administration (h.mammel(at)mh-freiburg.de). Anyone who does not adhere to the hygiene regulations and instructions laid down in the declaration of responsibility/consent will lose the right to practice at the Freiburg University of Music.

You are not allowed to be in the Hochschule outside of your assigned room. The access rules and restrictions to the toilets as specified in the hygiene regulations must be observed. Contact between the students should be avoided as far as possible and direct communication (at least in the early days) should be kept to a minimum.

In principle, priority will be given to those students who do not have the opportunity to practice outside of the Hochschule. Only those students who have applied for a practice space and been approved by the administration will be permitted access to the Hochschule and to a practice room. Please note that access to the rooms will not be possible without prior registration.

A fixed group of 3-4 students will be assigned to and will share the same room. For the time being, students will only be allowed to practice in that room. Only one person may be in the room at a time; chamber music or rehearsals with accompaniment will not yet be possible at this time.

By 20 April 2020 we will inform those students who have registered for practice times which room has been allocated to them and with which fellow students they will share the room. In these times, this is an indispensable pre-requisite for being able to clearly and quickly identify possible contact between people in the event of infection.

Please make sure to wash your hands thoroughly when entering the Hochschule, to clean / disinfect the instruments as prescribed before practicing (means for this will be provided), and to ventilate the rooms after practice, as prescribed. You must confirm all of this in writing in the declaration of responsibility/consent, otherwise you cannot be assigned a practice time. This is necessary for the care for the entire institution and the health of all.

How do I get the new password for Naxos?

The password for the Naxos databases always changes at the beginning of the semester.

Normally you sign at the circulation desk to receive the new password. This will be restructured in the summer semester.

You can log on to the learning platform Glarean and apply for membership in the Naxos group via the library section. After approval you can get the new password and use the databases. On 17 April 2020 the new password will be activated.

How can I use the library?

Students (and lecturers) are allowed to stand at the shelves, compare editions etc. and of course take them with them to the lending desk. Only a short stay is intended and of course at and between the shelves with the required minimum distance and with a face mask.

At the moment we will still limit access to 3 persons per floor, so that a total of 6 persons are allowed to access the shelves at the same time. Presentation of a university ID is required for admission. Lending after advance booking is still possible until we can resume normal operations: You can pre-order loans by e-mail (bibliothek(at)mh-freiburg.de). You will receive an e-mail confirming your reservation. Only after receipt of this mail your desired title is reserved for you in the library for 3 days.

For hygienic reasons the PC workstations are not yet available. We also ask you to refrain from using the workstations for a longer period of time.

The current opening hours will remain until the end of the semester: Monday to Friday from 10 to 12 and from 14 to 16.

You will find a new media return box in front of the entrance to the library. Outside of opening hours you can return your media there, please complete the box with all items.



When is the lecture period in the summer semester 2020?

Summer semester 2020 will begin on April 20, 2020 and end on September 30, 2020. The teaching period - and thus the teaching at our university – will begin on April 20, 2020 and end on July 17, 2020. In this shortened semester, the teaching content and teaching load of a regular summer semester are to be accommodated and performed. Since the use of the university in this semester will be greatly affected by the specific conditions of operation, block-like and very compact face-to-face lectures towards the end of the semester will only be possible to a limited extent. To alleviate possible room and scheduling bottlenecks, the entire university will therefore still open to teaching until August 1, 2020. The teacher responsible will make the decision to extend the course of instruction beyond the official end of the teaching period in timely consultation with his/her students.

Can I make my required credits in the summer semester 2020?

The basic principle is that students must be able to acquire the certificates they need this semester. The teachers will try to find flexible and individual solutions in each individual case. The responsible teachers will contact the students in this regard.

How will examinations take place in the summer semester 2020?

We are assuming that all upcoming exams can be take place. Exceptions to this are examinations that require a large ensemble (orchestra, choir, etc.) or physical work in and with a larger group of people. We cannot guarantee with absolute certainty that these exams will be able to take place this semester, or will have to take place in the next semester. Exams that were scheduled at the beginning of this semester are postponed (for example, in Schulmusik). The administration will make any new dates known. Examinations or parts of examinations that require a larger group, especially a medium-sized ensemble (choir, orchestra, etc.) will be postponed to as late as possible during the semester. For example, it is planned to hold the choir and orchestra conducting exams for Schulmusik in September, immediately before the start of the following winter semester. It will also be possible to postpone Chamber music exams or parts of the exam that contain chamber music. In any case, we have to wait for further developments and the corresponding regulations.

So that the exams do not pile up too much at the end of the semester or extend into the following winter semester, it was agreed after consultation with the responsible colleagues to modify certain exam requirements (for example, by removing the chamber music parts) so that they may safely take place under the current restrictions. Your main subject teacher will tell you at the beginning of the semester whether your exam is affected by such modifications.

We are also assuming that the exams in the main artistic subjects can be taken in a traditional, "analog" way in the coming semester. They will take place in rooms that allow required safety distances to be respected and maintained. Unfortunately, the exams will not be open to the public.

Examinations in the scientific and artistic-theoretical subjects, which will be taught exclusively online this semester, are expected to be largely online in the minor subjects. In specific cases (major in music theory, partial examination in musicology, etc.), however, they will take place (at least in part) "analog". Here I ask you to wait for the information of the responsible instructor.

Can I apply for a leave/extension semester because of the crisis?

In principle, an application for a semester leave can be submitted at any time. The Hochschule administration is aware of the special and often difficult situation in which many of our students, especially from non-European countries, find themselves. However, the application should always be individually justified and address the particular personal situation. It makes sense to apply for a semester leave if a return from abroad to Germany does not appear to be reliably predictable in the foreseeable future. On the other hand, you should carefully consider before making an application just because you are currently afraid that the semester may be “lost”. I very much hope that face-to-face classes at our university will soon be able to start again.

We will generally treat applications for an additional semester (extension semester) benevolently. This applies particularly to students who are now in their examination semester. Our students should not suffer any disadvantages from this crisis. For students of an orchestral instrument who plan to apply for an extension semester, the rule still applies that a further orchestra certificate (Orchesterschein) must be earned in the additional semester.

Will there be concerts in the summer semester 2020?

There will be no public concerts at the Hochschule until further notice, possibly even until the end of the semester. It is possible that the general public will not even have access to the building until the end of the semester. The possibilities of digital concert events / broadcasts are currently being considered. In our planning, however, they are not an immediate priority.


Will there be rehearsals and certificates for large ensembles?

All previously planned dates for the orchestra of the Hochschule in April and May 2020 are cancelled. The same applies to the other large ensembles (choir, chamber choir, Big Band etc.). It remains to be seen whether planned exams that require one of these ensembles can be carried out at the end of the semester. It also remains to be seen whether the Suppé project of the Institute for Music Theater and the Freiburg Theater can go ahead at the beginning of July as planned. You will find out more information about these projects directly from the head of the Institute or the directors of the large ensembles.

All students who should have obtained an orchestra certificate (Orchesterschein) this semester will have the opportunity to do so. Since no conventional rehearsals can take place at the moment, the intention is to enable students to earn a certificate  based on presentations/discussion of the planned orchestra repertoire. Further information will be provided by the orchestra office in May. The work of the Hochschule choir and the Big Band is scheduled to begin at the end of April using the online options that will then be available. How the work of the semester is to be summarized will be decided in the course of the semester.

How does teaching Music Theory and Ear Training take place?

Small group lessons

The teachers will contact you by email and clarify the further procedure with you. If you have not been contacted by 24 April 2020, please write to h.aerts(at)mh-freiburg.de.

Seminars and Lectures

For some seminars the topic had to be changed to make it more suitable for online teaching. The printed course catalogue is therefore no longer completely up-to-date. Please therefore inform yourself about the courses offered in the online course catalogue.

The dates of the courses are listed in the online course catalogue. Even though video conferences or other forms of simultaneous teaching may not take place every week on these dates, you should set up your timetable in such a way that you do not have to attend other dates during these time slots.

For each seminar and lecture you will find a page on the GLAREAN platform where you can register for this course. In this way, contact with the lecturer is established. All further information will then reach you.

The College of Music Theory and Ear Training is looking forward to an experimental semester together with you!

How does teaching Musicology take place?

Seminars, lectures, exercises, colloquia

In any case, please note the online course catalogue, which is now more up-to-date than the printed catalogue. There may have been adjustments of the topics and dates to the new situation.

For each course you should register on the GLAREAN platform with the corresponding course, if possible before the start of the semester. The head of the course will inform you in a suitable way how the teaching and learning contents of the course are organized and taught.

The dates/times of the courses listed in the online course catalogue are handled flexibly depending on the course (see above). In most cases, an impulse video conference will be held at the specified times and the further procedure will be clarified. They should be available online at these times.

The semester will be characterized by self-study, especially in the area of seminars and exercises. The results and questions can be discussed in video conferences in the plenum, but there will also be online discussions in smaller working groups and online one-on-one conversations between the course leaders and the students. As before, e-mail and telephone connections are also used for this purpose.


Video-conferences will be the main working tool in the colloquia. In the exam colloquium, individual consultations are also planned after the plenary session, as required.

Consultation hours

Arrange the desired consultation hours directly with the course leader via e-mail. Consultation hours can be held as telephone or video calls.

Participation in courses at the university and by university students at the university

Our IT tries to make it possible for students of both the university and the college to participate in the events of the partner institution in the subject musicology. It is not certain whether this will already be possible this semester. The university will start its semester on 11 May 2020 and the technical requirements for mutual online registration and participation are currently being worked out. We will inform you as soon as there are any news on this.

How does teaching Music Physiology/Musician Medicine take place?

In principle, all courses are carried out as planned. An overview of the courses can be found in the online course catalogue under " Freiburger Institut für Musikermedizin ".

You can register for all courses - with the exception of the courses for students of Minor Music Physiology and students of Master Music Pedagogics - on the GLAREAN platform and will then be in contact with us. On GLAREAN you will also find the date sessions and topics of the respective seminar. All seminars start on April 20, 2020. Please check there when the first online teaching sessions will take place for you from April 20, 2020 and which services are to be provided from that week on.

Synchronous lessons via video conferencing will take place on the weekdays and at the times scheduled for the seminar, please keep these dates free.

Depending on the content and setting of the seminars, we will use different digital formats for the lessons. In the practical and body-oriented seminars, most of the teaching will take place online or with interactive video recordings. In the more theoretical seminars, we will provide you with materials for written exercises, which you can also work on during the week in self-study and which will be corrected by us. You can also use the e-library of the university's online library, where our textbooks are available. All materials and references are generally deposited on GLAREAN in the area of the respective seminar.

All other technical and content-related questions will be clarified in the context of the respective seminar.

For important questions please contact c.spahn(at)mh-freiburg.de or the lecturers of the individual courses.

We are looking forward to this unusual, but also very exciting semester with you! We can all learn new things together!

How does teaching Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogics take place?

For some seminars the topic had to be changed to make it more suitable for online teaching. The printed course catalogue is therefore no longer completely up-to-date. Please therefore inform yourself about the courses offered in the online course catalogue.

The dates of the courses are listed in the online course catalogue. Even though video conferences or other forms of simultaneous teaching may not take place every week on these dates, you should set up your timetable in such a way that you do not have to attend other dates during these time slots.

For each seminar and lecture you should find a page on the GLAREAN platform where you have to register for this course. In this way, contact with the lecturer is established. All further information will then reach you.

All further technical and content-related questions will be clarified in the course of the respective course.

How does teaching Music Pedagogics for Music Education take place?

With a few exceptions, the planned courses will take place as online courses. Please refer to the updated online course catalogue and contact the respective lecturers if you are unsure.

At the beginning of the week you will also find a digital semester introduction on GLAREAN instead of our traditional plenary assembly. There we will provide you with a lot of information on the individual subjects.

The registration deadlines will not be as strict as usual - as long as there is still capacity in the seminars. So if you are interested in a course offer, please write an e-mail to the lecturers.

Use this unusual semester in particular to complete scientific-theoretical seminars and to write theses. Then you will have more time later in your studies for courses that can only be offered to a very limited extent at the moment.

I wish you an exciting and interesting semester despite all the problems and restrictions!

How does teaching Elementary-Level Music Education take place?

All EMP events can be found on GLAREAN. There, all registered students receive further information about the courses directly from the respective lecturers.

For the time being, the times that can be found in the course catalogue will be retained. However, it is possible to decide on other times in the respective groups.

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