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Music Schools in Germany cater for students from 10 years of age to postgraduate degrees



Public Music Schools are charities of the musical education of children, adolescents and adults. They are usually in public ownership as an Association or comply with a public mission. They supplement, rather than replacing music instruction in school. Public Music Schools can be found in most cities and towns. There were 914 public music schools , as of 1 January 2009[1]. Private Music Schools also exist such as "Musik Froehlich"[2] Or "Yamaha Schools of Music "


Music Gymnasiums are secondary schools with a musical Focus which are designed to prepare children (from as young as 10/11) specifically for a musical education. Music gymnasiums can be Day schools or Boarding. Music Gymnasiums include special musical subjects such as Rhythm, Music Theory, Ear Training, Composition Student’s normally study two musical instruments including the Piano.

In three cases; Sächsisches Landesgymnasium für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber" in Dresden, Musikgymnasium Belvedere Weimar and; Musikgymnasium Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in Berlin, the Music Gymnasia work closely with a Hochschule, from where they receive their main instrumental/vocal lessons.


Germany has 24 Musikhochschulen[3] which carry out professional music training. These institutions have university status and are financed by the bundeslander (states) The range of courses covers all musical disciplines including composition, music theory, conducting, performance (singing & instruments) and musicology.

A number of Musikhochschulen include Hochbegabtenzentrum (pre-college departments) whereby students receive instrumental lessons and music theory at weekend classes. Students attend normal schools during the week. Pre-college departments are available at the Hochschule für Musik Köln, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim and the Detmold Hochschule für Musik[4].

See also


  1. ^ [1] In German. Retrieved 2010-01-08
  2. ^ Retrieved 2010-01-10
  3. ^ Retrieved 2010-01-10
  4. ^ | Gives detailed information on a typical Hochbegabtenzentrum. Retrieved 2010-01-10


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