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Music as subject in the Master’s degree programme in Special Needs Education for Schools

Music as subject in the Master’s degree programme in Special Needs Education for Schools
(Master of Education)

In the foreground is a drum kit and in the background students are sitting at a table. © HMTMH


Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C2
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Special Requirements

Special pedagogical internship, taking into account the special needs education and the subject of instruction and a special pedagogical internship of at least four weeks each, must have been completed (compulsory).

Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Music is offered as a second subject (or supplementary teaching subject) within the master’s degree programme Special Needs Education for Schools. As first subject Special Needs Education is studied.

As part of the master''s programme "Special Needs Education for Schools", the study of the second subject "Music" will be continued at HMTMH. The master''s programme will focus more on subject-didactic studies with suitable seminars, workshops and school internships in the special needs education sector.

Nevertheless, musical practice (percussion, drumset, vocals, integrative band work) and theoretical parts (listening to music, school-practical arranging, music psychology etc.) will also be taught. Admission to the master''s programme Special Needs Education for Schools at Leibniz University Hannover also entitles the holder to continue studies in the second subject of music at the HMTMH.

Further information on the website of the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media

Course Content

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Course Structure

Studying the subject music in the master's programme, there are consecutive contents in the field of music didactics and school practice, as well as courses in the field of special needs education, which can be completed in one semester.

Recommended Abilities
  • Specialized practical skills in the field of instrumental playing and singing voice
  • Prelude on an instrument (musical creativity - genre-independent)
  • Auditions (intonation, tonal and musical creativity - also genre-independent)
  • Hearing skills (distinction of intervals, triads, rhythms, etc.)
  • Basic musical knowledge in the field of music theory and music history
  • Music educational awareness or previous experience in the field of music education
Career Opportunities

Graduates of this degree programme are entitled to embark on the preparatory phase of teacher training at a special school and/or integrative/inclusive school. In addition, graduates may also embark on an academic career, e.g. by pursuing a doctorate.

Former students work at schools and colleges, in continuing education and training. Apart from working in schools, Job opportunities can be in the area of special education work in early intervention, counseling, as well as disability, integration and family support.

The second subject music specifically is designed for work areas in inclusive schools, elementary music education and the individual special educational areas of language, learning, emotional, social and mental development.

Work opportunities apart from schools are in the field of educational cooperation in protective workshops and other facilities for the disabled. Based on this programme, specializations in the fields of music geragogy or music therapy can be acquired.

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field of study, such as

For master''s degree programmes with unrestricted admission, all applicants who fulfil the admission requirements will be admitted a university place. The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Application Deadlines

First-year students

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester
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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover