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Music Education (teaching degree)

What is Music (teaching degree) about?

Music is one of the oldest, most intense form of cultural expression. Therefore, music is an established part of the educational canon. It contributes to our joie de vivire, which makes it indispensable. When you study music as a teaching degree you will become a teacher at a primary or secondary school (Grundschule, Mittelschule, Realschule). It will be your task to encourage children to sing and develop their sense for rhythm but also to teach them the numerous musical genres and styles and their historical background.

Which types of schools can I train for?

At FAU you can study Music as a teaching degree for primary and secondary schools (Grundschule, Mittelschule and Realschule).

Teaching primary education and secondary education/Grundschule and Mittelschule

  • In teaching degree programmes for Grundschule and Mittelschule you can study music either as a main subject or a secondary subject. If you study music as a main subject, it is always linked with the methods of teaching for the respective type of school. You have to choose a total of three secondary subjects. If you want to study music as a secondary subject, it has to be one of the three secondary subjects you choose.

Teaching secondary education/Realschule

  • In teaching degree programmes for Realschule, music can only be studied as a main subject and has to be combined with another main subject, for instance with German, English, mathematics, physics, religious education (FAU only offers Protestant religious education) or physical education. You cannot choose any secondary subjects for Realschule.
Main subject

The teaching degree programme for music as a main subject consists of music, artistic components and teaching methods. The content of the programme is always tailored to the requirements of the individual types of schools. The teaching methods for teaching musical theory and practical music skills are designed according to the needs of the individual grades and the age of the pupils in the respective schools. New media resources play an important role in this respect.


For a teaching degree for primary and secondary education/Realschule, Grundschule and Mittelschule you have to choose from three areas: the artistic practical component, the scientific theoretical component and the music education/teaching methods for music component. In addition to playing instruments, singing and ensemble work you are also introduced to historical musicology, the history of rock and pop music, aural theory and harmonics. You learn the respective teaching methods in seminars on planning music lessons or on past and present concepts of teaching music.

If you study a teaching degree for Mittelschule and Realschule, you also attend a seminar on the practice of playing music in class in the fourth semester as part of the artistic practical component. If you study a teaching degree for Grundschule you will attend a seminar on singing and playing music in class in the fourth semester. The sixth semester also includes a seminar on the practice of music lessons in primary education/Grundschule or in secondary education/Mittelschule and Realschule as part of the music education/teaching methods for music component.

In the teaching degree for Realschule you have to take three elective modules: Dirigieren / Chorleitung (conducting/choral direction), Musiktheater-Regie (musical theatre – direction) and Audio- und Videotechnik (audio and video technology). It is up to you in which semester you take the elective modules.

Moreover, for Grundschule and Realschule, you choose another elective module, either Musikdidaktische Basiskompetenze (core skills for teaching music) or Musikpraxis (musical practice) (Freier Bereich). You can choose which semester this is taken in.

Teaching methods

In various seminars and tutorials you are introduced to topics which are currently being discussed in the context of teaching methods. In placements and music practice lessons, the teaching methods learned can be put into practice. Teaching methods placements area always accompanied by a supplemental seminar. The seminars and tutorials also incorporate current research topics. You can ascertain and work on your own research and apply your findings in your lesson planning. We place particular emphasis on current topics such as popular music, intercultural music education, inclusion, playing music in class or new media.

Secondary subject

For Grundschule and Mittelschule, music as a secondary subject is studied as one of three secondary subjects. You are introduced to the foundations of music theory and music education and to musical practice (choir, vocals, playing instruments).

Can I study Music (teaching degree) without previous knowledge?

If you want to study Music (Lehramt, nicht vertieft) you have to pass a qualifying examination. This does not apply to art (Lehramt) as a secondary subject for Grundschule and Mittelschule. The qualifying examination takes place once a year (July) and is valid for 12 months. In the written examination, you are tested on aural theory and general music theory. In the practical examination, you prove your skills in playing an instrument, vocals/speech training and ensemble work.

Particular features

We offer a variety of musical ensembles: chamber choir, large choir, performances with the orchestra of the Nuremberg State Opera and Nürnberger Symphoniker, jazz ensemble, modern jazz ensemble, rock ensemble, big band, orchestra, chamber music groups. Every two years we produce a musical, which you can participate in. You can shape your individual study profile by choosing seminars and tutorials from the elective modules Dirigieren / Chorleitung (conducting/choral direction), Musiktheater-Regie (musical theatre – direction) and Audio- und Videotechnik (audio and video technology). You can participate in the projects '' and 'Musikalische Grundschule', initiatives of the Bavarian government to promote playing music in school.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree programme: Winter Term

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Degree type: State Examination
Type of study: Teaching Degree
Location: Nuremberg
Standard duration of study: 7 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions, Qualification Assessment process
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology