Music Mediation and Concert Design

For which audience do I want to make music? How do I create closeness with and to my music? What is my role as an artist today? How can we turn concert halls, orchestras and ensembles into places of encounter and dialogue? What concepts are there for new concert formats and how can I, as an artist, also set social impulses with my art? These are the questions that Music Mediation & Concert Design addresses. We understand music mediation and concert design as cross-sectional disciplines that extend into all of our university’s fields of study. In accordance with the diversity of the professional field, we therefore offer different courses and projects that focus on different audiences and topics.

By the way: In the academic year 2023/2024, the University of Music and Theatre will host the XPLORE competition, which promotes the development of new concert and programme formats. You can find more information here:

  • What is Music Mediation?

    Music Mediation is an artistic, communicative and pedagogical practice. It creates occasions for people to encounter different forms of music and sees itself as a communicative bridge between the audience, music and musicians. Through various formats and procedures of an artistic, reflective-interpretative, practical and communicative nature, heterogeneous audiences are given different approaches to (classical) music and enabled to have aesthetic experiences. In addition to moderated, staged and interactive concerts, this includes workshops, introductory lectures, actions in public spaces, participatory community projects, long-term cooperations as well as media forms of mediation (podcasts, apps, padlets, etc.). The concepts include the different social environments and experiences of their audiences.

    Music Mediation is at home within the positions of art and cultural mediation and touches on questions of music reception, curation, concert design, dramaturgy and concert studies as well as questions of marketing and cultural management, cultural studies, musicology and pedagogy. Music Mediation moves at and in these interfaces and can therefore contribute in different ways to the professionalisation of musicians:

    • Finding an audience as an artist: Music Mediation as an artistic-aesthetic and communicative practice
    • Becoming and remaining relevant as an artist and cultural institution: music (mediation) as a social practice
    • Musicians as shapers of and in society
  • What is Concert Design?

    What does the future of the (classical) concert look like? What formats can music continue to use to find an audience? How can music be experienced as intensively as possible? Where does interpretation begin and end? How can music be connected – contextualised – with our living environment, our everyday life and social issues of our time? Can and do we want to give impulses through and with music?

    What does it mean to be an artist in times of climate change, war and social division? In Concert Design, we address these and other questions of artistic self-positioning in the process of developing new concert formats. Diverse projects and seminars offer playgrounds for free spaces and understand the concert as a performance, as an open space of encounter to open up new associative spaces.
    Developed concepts are performed in real practice, in cooperation with festivals, concert halls, music theatres, social institutions and other contexts. Music can pose questions, help shape society and promote a more humane coexistence – we as artists are particularly called upon to do this.

    Concert Design places music in current contexts and sees itself as a new performance that considers the concert in its entirety from multiple perspectives. In addition to the musical programme selection, the staging also incorporates space, setting, light, other media and arts, current issues and the audience (society). On the way from idea to realisation, we encounter not only artistic themes and questions, but also fields such as dramaturgy and staging, entrepreneurship and project management.

  • Current courses

    An overview of the current elective course offerings can be found here (PDF download in German).

  • External guests

    This information will be added shortly.

  • Cooperations and projects

    An overview of the current cooperations and projects of the study area can be found here (PDF download in German).

    Information on past projects can be found here (PDF download in German).

    Cooperation Partner:

    BRSO Education, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

    Christophorus Hospiz München

    Forum Musikvermittlung an Hochschulen und Universitäten

    Gasteig München

    Kinderuni München

    Mozartfest Würzburg

    Musik im Dialog am Institut für musikpädagogische Forschung, Musikdidaktik und Elementares Musizieren (IMP) der Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien

    Netzwerk Junge Ohren

    OFFSTAGE 360, Bayerische Staatsoper

    Spielfeld Klassik der Münchner Philharmoniker

  • Publications, materials and links

    Iven, Christiane / Leth-Espensen, Jadranka / Stibi, Sonja / Rose, Maren / Pensel, Dominik (2022c). “Respekt – Informationen zu unseren Werten, Unterstützungsangeboten und Beschwerdewegen”.
    Publikation der Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.

    Stibi, Sonja (2022b). “Nähe aufbauen: Musikvermittlung als Auftrag und Chance.”
    In: Auftakt. Zeitschrift der Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. Bd. 29, Studienjahr 2022-23, S. 24–26.

    Stibi, Sonja (2022a). “Stream on!? Musikvermittlung im Spielraum des Digitalen.”
    In: Üben & Musizieren 1/2022. Mainz: Schott, S. 36–38

    Stibi, Sonja / Imig, Andrea / Müller, Julia (2022). “Musikvermittlung trifft Kunst- und Kulturvermittlung. Ein Vergleich der Outreach-Strategien. Ein Gespräch zwischen Sonja Stibi und dem Museumsdienst Köln.”
    In: Standbein-Spielbein. Museumspädagogik aktuell. Themenheft “Wo ist Museum? – Outreach: Vermittlungsarbeit an den Schnittstellen”. Hg. v. Bundesverband für Museumspädagogik, Bd. 118, S. 80–87.

    Stibi, Sonja (2021). “Stream on!? Musikvermittlung im Spielraum des Digitalen – eine kritisch-konstruktive Bestandsaufnahme.”
    In: OSF – Open Science Forum. (22.12.2021)

    Stibi, Sonja (2020b). “Between the artistic and the social. Outreach und Community Music in der Musikvermittlung.”
    OPUS der Universität Augsburg:

    Stibi, Sonja (2020a). “Out and about! Neue Hör- und Spielräume im Sinne von Outreach.”
    In: Üben & Musizieren 2/2020. Heftthema “Räume gestalten”. Mainz: Schott, S. 6-9.


Sonja Stibi

Prof. Dr. Sonja Stibi


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