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Study music at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

There are plenty of good reasons for deciding to study music at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Often, advantages connected to the place of study are not immediately obvious for interested prospective students – which is why we would like to point out some of the special features of the music degree programs in Eichstätt. In addition to general advantages offered by the university location, such as the picturesque architecture of the town or the beautiful landscape and nature of the Altmühl valley with its diverse leisure activities, the following special features offer high-quality studying and living conditions:

Subject expertise and close links between theory and practice: Teaching staff at the Professorship of Music Education and Music Didactics is exclusively made up of teachers with school experiencewho skillfully combine practical experience, theoretical reflection and artistic expertise. The international focus within the team’s profile becomes evident in the diverse range of research projects, publications, presentations, teacher trainings and workshops, association work, performances, concerts and its intensive ties to the music industry and renowned cultural institutions. Close links to the Professorship of Musicology and diverse possibilities for acquiring Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees or the Staatsexamen(state examination) as well as the network of school-related and non-school music education are distinctive qualities of music degree programs in Eichstätt.

Interdisciplinary network: At our Eichstätt campus, there are not only close ties between the disciplines of Music Education and Musicology, but also between different research associations on social issues such as inclusion or migration and flight. Close cooperation between these groups enable a multi-perspective view on research and development processes and on testing and evaluation of practical models.

Culture of mutual support, understanding and cooperation: Especially in the context of the subject area music and the working environment school, it is of particular importance to maintain well-functioning interpersonal and social relationships. At the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, we already attach great importance to a good working atmosphere among all KU members during the course of study. In order to promote a culture of mutual support, understanding and cooperation between students and lecturers, the study programs offers so-called introduction days(for the respective subjects and Bachelor’s degree programs) which enable all participants to get to know each other outside the regular coursework. By cultivating an open, personal and respectful interaction, professional hierarchies fade into the background to make room for mutual care, friendly collaboration and best possible preparation for the teaching profession.

Staff-to-student ratio:The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt offers an excellent staff-to-student ratio which enables an intensive music teacher training with a great sense of responsibility which is tailored to the students’ individual needs. Like this, it deliberately takes an opposing position to anonymous mass processing of students as is often seen in larger universities and invites students to embrace their studies as valuable and enriching experience.

Wide range of subjects:The strong connection between the teaching degree program and the Bachelor’s degree program in Applied Musicology and Music Education enables working with an ideal link of school-related and non-school music education which is very valuable not only in the context of all-day schooling. Practical seminars on site in which students work with preschool and school children and elderly people offer first-hand insight into the different professional fields of music education and broaden students’ horizons by approaching additional learning and teaching concepts.

Vital music practice: Students of music at the KU can benefit from a vast offer of music ensembles. They can realize their artistic potential in jazz combos, chamber music groups, ensembles for early music and traditional folk music, in pop bands, the KU’s own big band, A Capella groups, different orchestras and choirs and thus contribute to enriching the cultural life on campus.

Short distances: The KU’s compact campus and short walking distances save time and costs and significantly contribute to high-quality studying and living conditions. All lecture halls, seminar and practice rooms are easy and quick to reach – which is an important prerequisite for a smooth course of study.

Short waiting times: It can be very annoying if you have to wait a long time for a seminar place, the return of a graded paper or an available examination date or if you cannot lend books because they are always taken – especially when preparing for exams. The KU is a relatively small university, which is why its students benefit from no or only short waiting times. The well-stocked main library in Eichstätt is among the universities with the fastest service in Germany.

Collaborations: The Professorship of Music Education and Music Didactics maintains a comprehensive network of numerous local and regional institutions in the field of music educational promotion of children, adolescents and adults. By offering on-site seminars, lecturers avoid artificial laboratory conditions and encourage valuable encounters instead. Transparent and clear structures enable close and coordinated collaboration between participants and offer valuable in-depth insight into the respectively relevant type of schooling.