Leopold Mozart Center

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Leopold Mozart Center
founding 2008
Sponsorship state
place augsburg
state Bavaria
country Germany
management Andrea Friedhofen, Christoph Hammer, Dominik Wortig
Students n / A
Website www.leopold-mozart-zentrum.de

The Leopold Mozart Center (LMZ) in Augsburg was founded in 2008 as a “ music college in the university” based on the model of the universities of Mainz and Münster . As a "Center for Music and Music Education" it is affiliated to the Philosophical and Social Sciences Faculty of the University of Augsburg .

The center is spatially distributed across the building of the former music college in Maximilianstrasse and the university buildings in the new center for art and music on the university campus. In October 2008, regular study operations began in the Bachelor and Master courses .


The LMZ as the artistic department of a university is (together with Münster, Mainz and Halle-Wittenberg) an innovative educational model in Germany whose special competence is the connection between art and science. The special profile of this connection between artistic life and the world of science complements the previous artistic training landscape in Germany. The networking of the Leopold Mozart Center with the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences and the university opens up an integrative scope for art and science.

This model offers additional educational opportunities for the students of the artistic or artistic-pedagogical and artistic-therapeutic courses as well as for the university and students of other subjects. So u. a. the networking of music, music education and music therapy with the “Interdisciplinary Health Center for Research, Teaching, Practice, Prevention and Further Education of the University” and the “Institute for Music Therapy of the University of Augsburg” (IMTUA) with regard to psychosocial prevention with music . The LMZ is therefore also a space for art and science and pursues and evaluates innovative approaches. On the one hand, these are entire courses of study with a special profile such as elementary music pedagogy, instrumental and vocal pedagogy or wind orchestra conducting, master's courses such as the master's course in music education or part-time master's course [(music therapy)], but also interdisciplinary approaches such as B. Practicing in flow, mental training, Taketina rhythm education , improvisation , support measures and psychosocial prevention with music, the work of the interdisciplinary forum for artistic interpretation, etc.


Leopold Mozart Center in Maximilianstrasse

Augsburg has a long tradition as a place of musical training. The Leopold Mozart Center is a successor to the Leopold Mozart Conservatory of the City of Augsburg and the University of Music Nuremberg- Augsburg.

By a resolution of the Bavarian state parliament on May 6, 2008, the municipal music college in Nuremberg-Augsburg was dissolved and parts of its teaching staff and the students there were integrated into the university's faculty of philosophy and social sciences, which has always included music education (teaching post, master’s degree), science and practice. The "Leopold Mozart Center - Center for Music and Music Education" for prospective music teachers, instrumental and vocal teachers, musicians and music therapists is a scientific and artistic institution whose aim is to promote teaching, art, research and further education in the field of music as well whose externally effective representation is in public. Since its inception, the Leopold Mozart Center has been in the hands of Rudolf-Dieter Kraemer (music education) and Bernhard Tluck (violin). On October 1, 2010, this went to Tonius Timmermann (music therapy), and the deputy director Julius Berger (cello). From October 2012 to October 2014 Franz Körndle (musicology) headed the center together with Harald Harrer (clarinet) (since October 1, 2013). At the beginning of 2015 Andrea Friedhofen (EMP) and again Tonius Timmermann took over the management of the LMZ. With Andrea Friedhofen, for the first time in the history of the Augsburg music training center, a woman is active in the management. At the end of 2015 Tonius Timmermann retired from the management of the LMZ due to age and ended his active university career as the longest-serving member of the management of the LMZ. He is still associated with the LMZ and the University of Augsburg as a lecturer. Since Tonius Timmermann left, Andrea Friedhofen has continued to be the head of the LMZ. Since November 2017 the management has been expanded to include Christoph Hammer (historical keyboard instruments) and Dominik Wortig (vocals).

Course offer

The Leopold Mozart Center offers all common artistic and music education courses, as well as music therapy, embedded in the Bachelor-Master system. The center is divided into three departments:

  • Institute for String Instruments, Keyboard Instruments, Singing and Elementary Music Education (STEG)
  • Institute for Wind Instruments, Percussion and Wind Orchestra Conducting (Wind Institute)
  • Institute for Music Education (Teaching), Musicology and Music Therapy (MMM)

The following is a list of the study options:

Bachelor of Music

The bachelor's degree in music serves as preparation for the work as a music teacher at music schools, general schools, in kindergartens and day-care centers, in church or communal institutions, in training, further and further education institutions, in the free profession - if particularly suitable as preparation for a master’s degree in the arts and later work as a soloist, chamber or orchestral musician, singer, wind orchestra conductor. The course complies with international standards and aims at a broad, future-oriented, professional field of activity. Based on a basic artistic and pedagogical training, the desire for multiple qualifications is taken into account through appropriate future-oriented profile formation.

The basic structure of the bachelor's degree program provides for an artistic-practical, musicological-theoretical and music-pedagogical four-semester course of study, innovative specializations that take into account the social challenges of our time: children and young people with a migrant background or need for support, gifted students , increased efforts in the development of string and wind classes and mixed music-making groups at general education schools, broadening of the range of different styles and consideration of media skills, mediation offers with musicological and music theoretical content, specialization in an artistic career for artistically outstanding students.

Specializations in instrumental and vocal pedagogy
Specializations in elementary music education
  • Intercultural musical education
  • Music therapy elements
  • Artistic-pedagogical training (voice, instrument)
Specializations in wind orchestra conducting

Master of Music

A two-year master’s course is offered for students with outstanding artistic achievements (requirement: aptitude test in the main subject with at least the grade very good). The artistic specialization at the highest level in the main subject serves the artistic development and the expansion of the specific technical, interpretational skills as well as the acquisition of music-specific knowledge. As a special profile of the training at the University of Augsburg , events are planned that serve to reflect on artistic interpretation (cultural, contemporary and historical context). The "Interdisciplinary Forum for Artistic Interpretation" brings together composers, performers, lecturers and students who work together on a work and perform it. In addition to this artistic BA follow-up option, an interdisciplinary master’s degree in “Music Education / Concert Education” is offered, which is geared towards music education for children, young people and adults.

Bachelor's degree in educational science - focus on music education

The BA course in Education is theory-based and aims at the ability to critically reflect on pedagogical action in its prerequisites and consequences and to acquire competencies for pedagogical occupational fields. The focus of the training is the examination of educational theories and the practice of a methodically reflected analysis of the reality of education. Practical vocational focuses are set by choosing one of the four areas of specialization from the 3rd semester onwards:

  • Pedagogy of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Adult education / further training
  • Aesthetic education - focus on music education (if you choose this specialization, the choice of the elective module music education is mandatory)
  • Aesthetic education - focus on art education (when choosing this specialization, the choice of the elective module art education is compulsory)

An integral part of the course is dealing with the fundamentals of social sciences from the subjects psychology, sociology and political science. In order to create an individual profile, there is the possibility of choosing from a large number of elective subjects, including music.

Music pedagogy (teacher training)

In addition to instrumental and vocal pedagogy and elementary music pedagogy, the Leopold Mozart Center also offers training for teaching music at general schools (elementary, secondary and secondary schools), the local specifics of which are presented below.

Teaching music

The training of music teachers at general schools takes place at the chair for music education at the University of Augsburg as part of the following courses:

The training is based on the applicable requirements of the teaching qualification examination regulations (LPO I) for the state of Bavaria. Since the 2008/2009 winter semester, the course has been designed as a modularised course in accordance with the framework guidelines of the Bologna Process. After a standard study period of seven semesters, the degree concludes with the 1st state examination for teaching at the respective school type in Bavaria. In addition to the 1st state examination, teacher training students have the opportunity to acquire the “Bachelor of Education” in a teaching-related bachelor's degree that is being studied in parallel, in order to be able to apply to educational institutions outside of the teaching profession. This BA course can be followed by a “ Master of Education ” or a “ Master of Arts ”.

Main focus of teacher training in music in Augsburg

A special focus of the music education teacher training is the scientifically based, practical teaching of school-specific, music education basics as well as a sound artistic education of the students. In addition to music-pedagogical and music-theoretical content, school-specific didactic courses, artistic practice, practical school instrumental playing, offers for cross-genre musical discussions and close cooperation between schools and universities, media, computer-aided manners are also part of the training of future music teachers at the Leopold Mozart Center of the University of Augsburg.

Ensemble work in the "Collegium Musicum"

The majority of large ensembles of the university are united in the university's “collegium musicum”. These include the university orchestra, the university and chamber choir as well as the Uni Big Band Augsburg, all of which radiate far beyond the region through regular and sometimes unusual concert formats. There are also chamber music groups, pop bands, performing groups and other project-related ensembles.

Links to other courses at the Leopold Mozart Center

In order to develop an individual profile, the student teachers can also take advantage of some of the teaching offers in the field of instrumental and vocal pedagogy at the Leopold Mozart Center. These include B. Courses from the specializations "Elementary Music Education", " Jazz / Pop / Media", " Class Music " or " Musicology / Music Theory ". This allows the students to deepen their own areas of specialization or deficits, e.g. B. in the areas of jazz / pop harmony theory, improvisation, music law, etc. balance and new horizons of experience and knowledge for your school activity z. B. in the areas of class music or elementary music education. In addition, as part of a double or second degree, students of the teaching profession have the opportunity to complete an instrumental or vocal pedagogy degree, the degree in elementary music pedagogy or wind orchestra conducting and benefit from the close structural interlinking of the courses at the Leopold Mozart Center .

Part-time master’s degree in music therapy

Since the 2004/2005 winter semester, an extra-occupational further education course in music therapy with a master’s degree ( Master of Arts Music Therapy) has been offered in Augsburg. Above all, people should be addressed who work in professions with an emphasis on interaction (e.g. teachers or therapists) in which a specific music therapy qualification can improve work with the respective clientele. Graduates can then apply for a music therapy position on the one hand, but they can also apply music therapy competence in their own field of work and thus improve its quality. Last but not least, with the master's competency they can contribute to creating / building up music therapy positions in institutions in which no music therapy has previously been represented.

The standard period of study is six semesters (block tuition: a long block of 9 days, four weekend blocks of 4 days each from Thursday to Sunday). Requirements for this course are:

  • a completed musical, medical, psychological, pedagogical or comparable university degree
  • three years of professional experience
  • Self-awareness: at least 15 individual and group sessions
  • a clinical pre-study internship (four weeks or appropriately blocked)
  • Passing the aptitude test

The tuition fee is € 500. Individual music therapy and supervision are also required . Costs: approx. € 200.00 - € 250.00 per month over three years.

PhD program

By resolution of the Faculty Council, the university's doctoral regulations were expanded to include music therapy (major and minor) in December 2008 . Graduates of the Augsburg master’s program and comparable degrees from other state universities with a minimum grade of 2.5 can do a doctorate at the University of Augsburg. University of applied sciences graduates with a state degree in music therapy and with a grade point average of at least 1.5 can also do a doctorate in music therapy at the University of Augsburg, provided that they provide additional study results in accordance with the doctoral regulations. A doctoral seminar held every six months within the music therapy department accompanies the doctorate . Interested parties can contact the head of the music therapy department, Professors Timmermann and Schmidt, with a doctoral project. To clarify the formal requirements for admission to a doctorate, it is recommended that you contact the permanent doctoral committee of the Philosophical and Social Sciences Faculty of the University of Augsburg. Depending on the thematic focus of the work, professors from other faculties can be called in as reviewers and examiners.

"Research Center for Music and Health"

The research center covers the following areas:

  1. "Workshop for Music Therapy Research Augsburg"
  2. Interdisciplinary networking with relevant institutions
  3. Research-oriented projects with students
  4. Cooperation with the doctoral degree in music therapy

The research center strives for close cooperation with other scientific disciplines of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences and the university in general. In view of the overall social situation, the cooperation with the educational disciplines appears imperative and promising and corresponds to the main research focus of the university (support measures for children and young people). Contacts have also been established and cooperation is planned with the Political Science Department (focus on peace and conflict research).

"MTZ - Music Therapy Center University of Augsburg"

This center, financed by a sponsoring association, should enable music therapy treatment in combination with teaching and research. The point is that, from a medical point of view, there is a considerable need for music therapy treatment among children, adolescents and adults in Augsburg, but this is only financed by health insurers and offices in rare exceptional cases. There are several reasons why it makes sense to promote music therapy treatment in Augsburg. On the one hand, it benefits patients for whom music therapy is medically indicated. On the other hand, this gives the students the opportunity to secure internships and, last but not least, to practical experience in terms of researching music therapy, which fundamentally contributes to quality assurance and improvement of this therapy method.



Lecturers and Professors

The Leopold Mozart Center has the collaboration of many well-known and experienced professors, lecturers and lecturers, some of whom were already employed at the former conservatory or the music academy, but some were newly appointed to the center. Many of them also work at other music academies or in orchestras and ensembles and as soloists.


In addition to the central library of the University of Augsburg on campus and the Augsburg city library, which is only a few minutes' walk away, the library of the Leopold Mozart Center offers a comprehensive selection of specialist literature, illustrative material, encyclopedias, complete scores, sheet music for all instrumental areas, choral and orchestral material, as well as magazines, CDs and DVDs.


The Leopold Mozart Center works together with various training centers and institutions - among others, there are collaborations with the Theater Augsburg and the International Leopold Mozart Violin Competition, the Juilliard School , New York, the Conservatorio di Salerno, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome , the Opera Festival in Heidenheim an der Brenz , the Mozart Festival and the “Brecht Festival” in Augsburg.

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Coordinates: 48 ° 20 ′ 2 ″  N , 10 ° 53 ′ 54 ″  E