Understanding of quality

The educational work at our university is based on a fundamental understanding of quality in teaching.

1. basic terms and conditions
The work of the University of Music and Theatre Munich is focused on providing a professional education for its students that is as excellent as possible. It promotes their development into distinguished and comprehensively educated artistic personalities. The development of artistic ability is closely linked to the constant, targeted encouragement of the ability to perceive and reflect. This comprehensive embedding of artistic activity also forms the prerequisite for carrying, communicating and passing on one’s own art and skills to society.

2. education and training
Above all, free spaces that enable creativity are important for personality development. In this sense, the University of Music and Theatre sees itself as a laboratory and incubator. Here, the latest developments and trends are taken up, reflected upon and, if possible, also initiated – while building a bridge to the basis of the tried and tested, including those that have grown in the long tradition of the institution. Students learn how to appropriately integrate their expressive capabilities into artistic and pedagogical environments. The University of Music and Theatre is an incubator for artistic, pedagogical or scientific individuality through a stimulating and enabling study climate that offers experimental spaces for the development of individuality. Here, dreams are not only dreamed, but also »fabricated«.

3. knowledge, methods and technology as foundations
Experimentation needs good foundations – a foundation of skills, abilities and understanding. The search for one’s own paths succeeds more purposefully and substantially when one learns to perceive, see through and understand developments, history, tendencies in the universal as well as in one’s own specialised field. Comprehensive knowledge and solid craftsmanship help to develop the ability of self-reflection and enable one to consciously locate oneself in the cosmos of the arts. Methodically conceived, discourse-based and research-led reflection on music, dance and theatre, i.e. scholarship, is seen as an integral part of the training and educational processes at the University of Music and Theatre.

4. career orientation
At the same time, students gain knowledge and experience of current professional realities in music, theatre and dance, and are trained in the skills required for this. The degree courses at the University of Music and Theatre thus contain components of a decidedly profession-specific education against the background of a broadly networked education. In this way, graduates are able to keep pace with the international professional market, to react to developments and to help shape them.

5. individual profile
The students choose and create a future career for themselves that corresponds to their individual abilities and inclinations, and are advised and supported in the development of their own topics, forms of expression or niches. To achieve this goal, the University of Music and Theatre has a high responsibility for the individual support of its students. An active mentality to study is encouraged, students are given the conditions to find their own way independently and on their own responsibility, to develop their talents and abilities, to live their passion for music, dance and theatre. This enables them to continue their lifelong artistic, pedagogical or scientific development after graduation, to independently open up new professional fields and to have fulfilling professional practice.

6. teaching quality and interdisciplinarity
The high standards of the University of Music and Theatre and the high level of requirements for the degree courses demand the highest quality in teaching. When appointing teachers, pedagogical expertise is therefore placed at the top of the list alongside subject-specific expertise. Together, the pedagogical qualifications are further developed. The dedicated individual teaching work of the teachers is complemented by comprehensive cooperation – both in their own subject and interdisciplinary. The careful selection of the most talented and suitable students is the university’s aspiration. In order to attract the best students to University of Music and Theatre Munich, the best teachers are appointed.

7. diversity and internationality
Cultural diversity is cultivated at University of Music and Theatre Munich; the university makes use of the opportunities it has as an international place of teaching and learning. It orients itself to international standards in a globalised arts and education landscape.

8. communication and appreciation
The aim of communication is to provide timely and accurate information and to keep the information channels transparent. Communication takes place on the basis of appreciation, consideration and openness, both in the work with students and in the professional and organisational cooperation with colleagues in teaching and administration. This creates lasting positive identification with the institution and its members.

9. organisation and processes
Excellent education requires a clearly structured organisation. Responsibilities and decision-making paths are transparent, processes are described and can be reviewed. The complex and valuable infrastructure is shared and maintained by all members of the university. In the interest of the common whole, everyone fills their role as an expert for smooth and well-functioning processes on the basis of communication at eye level.

10. development and innovation
The University of Music and Theatre Munich sees itself as an organisation that is constantly evolving to meet changing demands. The foundation for changes in structures and processes is freedom and basic trust between all university members (regardless of hierarchical levels). Innovations in the administration are accepted as challenges and responded to with forward-looking ideas that are supported by all.