General
General

One-Track Careers in Music

Classical music education in Germany is suffering from a severe prejudice. The notion that somebody with an instrumental or vocal major, focusing exclusively on his / her subject, is more appreciated than students and graduates of the pedagogical programmes (prospective teachers and music school staff) is widespread at universities and conservatories. Faculties, students, audiences and critiques are generally supportive of high-level performance while professional education is drastically underrated and underpaid. This is a fatal misdevelopment that discourages applicants to choose the profession of teaching music. We should promote Schulmusik and Instrumentalpädagogik because these fields are far more relevant for society and cultural welfare than the formation of an one-track artistic elite. Read more of my thoughts on the institutionalized misbalance between performing and teaching music at the Hello Stage Blog, and please share, comment, and object, if you feel like it.

Gender Barriers

To finally close a chapter, I am posting my article on the Professorinnenprogramm of the German Ministry of Education and Science, dealing with politically intended promotion of women in academic staff. Feedback is much appreciated. Enjoy.