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IGP Studium

Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy (IGP)

Study description

The training to become a state-approved instrumental and vocal teacher is the focus of the IGP program. In addition to weekly main subject lessons in the chosen subject (vocal or instrumental) and participation in various ensembles, a special focus is placed on the teaching practice of the future music teachers. A balanced number of theoretical, practical and pedagogical courses expand the study of instrumental and vocal pedagogy into a comprehensive and practice-oriented education with a state and internationally-recognized teaching qualification, which qualifies students to teach at various educational institutions as well as for further master's studies.

Study profile

The IGP program is a practice-oriented training program for state-certified vocal or instrumental teachers. Therefore, special emphasis is placed on gaining teaching experience throughout their course of study. This is promoted through various internships, in which students gain practical experience, as well as a series of practical, theoretical and pedagogical courses. In addition, through weekly main subject classes, the development of musical knowledge and skills in the chosen main subject (vocal or instrumental) is the focus of this degree.

Study focus

  • Learning vocal and/or instrumental skills;

  • Teaching pedagogical and music-psychological knowledge;

  • Development of technique, rhythm and phrasing;

  • Acquisition of music-theory basics;

  • Training of the musical ear;

  • Examination of various musical forms and structures;

  • Learning basic and advanced composition and arrangement rules;

  • Gathering practical and practice-oriented teaching experience;

  • Development of a common standard repertoire as well as individual concert programs;

  • Training of stage presence and stage presence;

  • Development of an individually and comprehensively trained artistic personality;

IGP Studium

Study Details

Start: February and September

Duration of study: 8 semesters

Credits: 240 ECTS

Prerequisites: Previous practical and theoretical knowledge, as well as an online registration for the entrance examination (audition). Persons from non-EU countries need a valid residence permit (student visa) at the beginning of their studies, which can be applied for after successful completion of the entrance examination.

Prior studies: Courses or years of study previously completed at other educational institutions may be credited toward the degree program and shorten the duration of the study accordingly.

Teachers: Training is provided by a professional team of internationally active musicians, composers, and music educators, as well as experts from the music industry, creative industries, studio technology, and musicology.

Curriculum: Study plan / Completion plan

Semester abroad: Being awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) by the European Union enables students of the VMI to study at a partner University of the VMI within their education with financial support for the duration of 3-12 months. In addition, funded internships abroad can be completed at various European institutions and companies in the international music industry.

Degree: The program ends with a nationally and internationally recognized degree. According to the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, the certificates and diplomas issued by the VMI are equivalent to those of state Universities and Colleges, are comparable to a Bachelor's degree and therefore entitle the holder to pursue further master's studies*.

Follow-up studies: Within the framework of a cooperation agreement with the ICMP Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, a London-based partner University of the VMI, there is the possibility of obtaining the academic degrees of Bachelor or Master through a two-semester period of study at the ICMP, while at the same time gaining valuable experience in the musical metropolis of London.

Tuition fees:

€ 120 one-time enrollment fee

€ 450 monthly tuition fee

Details on tuition and scholarships

*Further studies at other educational institutions are subject to the availability of free study places as well as the admission requirements of the respective university or college, over which VMI naturally has no influence, but can provide assistance with applications, especially to partner universities and partner colleges.

Online registration

Online registrations for the entrance examination are basically possible at any time, free of charge and without obligation. They are used to determine prior practical-theoretical knowledge and whether this is sufficient to be accepted into the desired course of study (otherwise, alternative training options may be suggested). The entrance examinations usually take place on the following dates:

For the winter semester (start of studies in September): May/June*

For the summer semester (start of studies in February): November/December*

Details on the entrance examination

*Alternatively, other dates may be assigned.

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