FMW Frankfurter Musikwerkstatt

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FMW Frankfurter Musikwerkstatt
type of school Vocational school
founding 1984

Edisonstrasse 8
60388 Frankfurt am Main

place Frankfurt am Main
country Hesse
Country Germany
Coordinates 50 ° 8 ′ 28 "  N , 8 ° 44 ′ 45"  E Coordinates: 50 ° 8 ′ 28 "  N , 8 ° 44 ′ 45"  E
carrier Private school
student about 45
Teachers 18th
management Bodo Neumann-Gutzeit

The FMW Frankfurter Musikwerkstatt - Music Academy for Jazz and Popular Music was founded in 1984 by jazz musicians and educators as a "School for Jazz and Popular Music" in Frankfurt am Main . It is a private vocational or supplementary school and enables a degree as a "state-recognized professional musician and instrumental teacher for jazz and popular music ".


As the first institution of its kind in Germany, the FMW has been able to award the state-recognized qualification as an instrument teacher and professional musician since 1993 by the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art . Since the state recognition, the FMW Frankfurter Musikwerkstatt has established itself as a professional private institution for jazz and popular music in Germany. In the meantime (as of 2015) around 260 young musicians from Germany and abroad have graduated from the FMW.

The school is a member of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ), the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE) and the Union of German Jazz Musicians (UDJ).

Well-known graduates


The aim of the training is to train professional musicians who, with the integrated pedagogical training, are able to teach professionally to the same extent as they are active as musicians.


All FMW courses are offered in block weeks that take place every 2 weeks. Each semester lasts 6 months and comprises a total of 9 block weeks plus an examination week for the course. The exact block week dates and the applicable timetable are set before the start of the semester. With regard to holidays, the provisions of the FMW apply. The course, the preparatory studies and the courses of the general school can be started in the summer or winter semester. The aptitude test for the 8-semester course takes place at the end of the previous semester. Duration summer semester: 01.04. - 30.09., Duration winter semester: 01.10. - 31.03.

Preparatory course

A one or more semester preparatory course with exam and training-relevant content is intended to provide interested parties with profound prior knowledge that is necessary for a successful completion of the course. The preliminary course is a preparatory measure for vocational training and is recognized as such by the relevant offices (health and family insurance, state education authorities, etc.).


The 8-semester course to become a professional musician and instrumental teacher for jazz and popular music is, like all FMW events, offered in block weeks. The curriculum includes a) artistic core subjects in theory and practice (e.g. songwriting, ear training , harmony, arrangement, transcription , rhythm, pop ensemble, big band , jazz and pop history) b) music pedagogical core subjects (e.g. pedagogy, General jazz didactics, specialist methodology) and c) Basics of music buses. The range of courses is supplemented by workshops in the areas of guest artist, studio practice and music business. The main instrumental subject can be chosen freely, as can the focus on pop or jazz - from the thematically independent project ensembles to the program of the exam concert. The instrumental minor can be freely selected for pianists, piano or guitar is compulsory for all others.

Admission requirements are a higher or intermediate level of education as well as artistic aptitude, which is determined in an entrance examination. The aim is to improvise on two jazz standards of different styles during the entrance exam with a focus on "Jazz" , to play a piece of free choice and to play a sight-seeing game. In the aptitude test with a focus on "POP", the pieces performed should come from the entire spectrum of pop music. Instead of a third piece, a short "jamming session" is carried out to test the sense of form, musical comprehension, spontaneity and ability to interact. The practical test only relates to the instrumental major. There is no aptitude test in the minor. Then jazz theory is examined. There is no age limit for admission to the course. The four-year vocational training at the FMW Frankfurter Musikwerkstatt is in accordance with Section 2 (2) BAföG included in the funding area under BAföG.

general school

This is a course program for young people and adults who are looking for further training in the field of instruments and ensembles. The course consists of instrumental and ensemble lessons, which are offered in block weeks.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Record semester: Almost 60,000 students attend Frankfurt's universities. (No longer available online.) Frankfurter Neue Presse , October 10, 2013, archived from the original on September 24, 2015 ; accessed on May 12, 2014 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. a b FMW Frankfurter Musikwerkstatt. Culture portal of the city of Frankfurt am Main, accessed on May 12, 2014 .