Course of study description

What do we offer?

The study program at the WBA International Trumpet Academy funded by the Werner & Marlene Schöder Foundation takes 2 years and 8 months, comprises 8 trimesters, and leads to the award of our WBA International Trumpet Academy funded by Werner & Marlene Schöder Foundation - Diploma upon successful completion. It is a demanding intensive course of study with three trimesters per year. One trimester corresponds to one semester of work. This means that one year of study at our academy offers an additional semester of working time compared to regular German universities. During the study program, a total of 240 benefit points (bp) is acquired through active participation in the modules and their examinations, which corresponds to 30 bp per trimester. To acquire a benefit point, up to 30 hours of workload can be required, which is made up of online attendance time, preparation and follow-up, self-study, and time for exams.

 

6 Hours of Trumpet Lessons per Week

 

Each student receives 2 hours of individual trumpet lessons per week, during which they work on technique (embouchure, high register, endurance, etc.) and repertoire (orchestra and solo literature). The trumpet class lessons consist of 4 hours per week. They introduce to the solo trumpet literature of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, as well as the Modern period, including French solo literature. They also prepare students for orchestra, as well as chamber music, and jazz literature. The piccolo trumpet, the baroque trumpet and the flugelhorn are also included in the curriculum. The number of lessons of the individual weeks can vary, as the professors can also offer the topics as block individual or class lessons. With this teaching system, each student receives 6 hours of trumpet lessons per week.

 

Additional Qualifications in Cultural Management

 

With additional qualifications in cultural and media management, entrepreneurship, intercultural communication, leadership and team building, students are provided with indispensable know-how about the current cultural business.

 

Expert lectures by cultural professionals such as directors, producers, journalists, artists, etc. allow students to gain a deeper insight into cultural practice. In the context of practical projects such as media productions and performances, the students get the opportunity to practically apply and consolidate their acquired knowledge. Finally, this also serves as preparation for their own final concert in the form of a self-organized and performed concert with media presentation, for which the second half of the eighth trimester is reserved.

 

up to 100% Online Learning

 

The lessons take place 100% online via Zoom (respectively WeChat/ Voov Meeting for China). Therefore, each student needs a mobile device that has a camera and microphone. The minimum internet connection requirements for Zoom use must be met. Each lesson is recorded by the professors for the Academy's own database for study, research, and education purposes.

 

Exams

 

During their studies, students must take various module examinations. Depending on the module, these take place once per trimester or every two to three trimesters. These are both practical examinations such as auditions and project organization, but also written or oral tests on theoretical teaching units. In addition, a practical examination in the form of an audition takes place after the first and second year of study. The final exam, the final concert, is the most extended, in which students are expected to show that they have learned and developed all the necessary knowledge, both theoretical and practical, and can apply it in a goal-oriented manner.

 

 

 

Overview of Topics & Teaching Professors

Topic

Professor

Basics (embouchure, high register, endurance, etc.)

Baroque solo literature

Prof. Otto Sauter

Classical and romantic solo literature

Sergei Nakariakov

Prof. Iskander Akhmadullin

Modern solo literature

Pacho Flores

Prof. Gabriele Cassone

French solo literature

Prof. Marc Geujon

Prof. Benny Wiame

Orchestra literature

Helmut Fuchs

Prof. Mark Inouye

Prof. Juan Fernando Avendaño

Chamber Music

Prof. Daniel Crespo

Prof. Dariusz Mikulski

Jazz

Prof. Andrea Tofanelli

Baroque trumpet

Prof. Gabriele Cassone

Flugelhorn

Sergei Nakariakov

Piccolo trumpet

Prof. Otto Sauter

Cultural Management

Prof. Sabine Kierdorf

The right to make all changes is reserved.

 

Exemplary Course of Study

Academic year

1

2

3

trimester

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Module

twh

bp

Individual

2 twh

12 bp

Individual

2 twh

12 bp

Individual

2 twh

12 bp

Individual

2 twh

12 bp

Individual

2 twh

12 bp

Individual

2 twh

12 bp

Individual

2 twh

12 bp

Final concert

x twh

18 bp

Class

4 twh

8 bp

Class

4 twh

8 bp

Class

4 twh

8 bp

Class

4 twh

8 bp

Class

4 twh

8 bp

Class

4 twh

8 bp

Class

4 twh

8 bp

Colloq.

2 twh

2 bp

Cultural Management Atelier

2 twh

8 bp

Cultural Management Atelier

2 twh

8 bp

Cultural Management Atelier

2 twh

8 bp

Cultural Management Atelier

2 twh

8 bp

Brass Studio

2 twh

6 bp

Brass Studio

2 twh

6 bp

Brass Studio

2 twh

6 bp

Brass Studio

2 twh

6 bp

Online performance

2 twh

4 bp

Online performance

2 twh

4 bp

Online performance

2 twh

4 bp

Online performance

2 twh

4 bp

Expert lectures

90 min each/ 1x per month

8 bp

twh/t

12

12

12

12

12

12

12

8

bp/t

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

The right to make all changes is reserved.

 

Legend:

twh = trimester weekly hours; bp = benefit points; t = trimester; Individual = Individual lessons; Class = Class lessons; Colloq. = Preparatory colloquium

The modules can also be held as individual block lessons or block class lessons.

 

Module Overview

Module

Components/ Contents

bp/t and total

twh

max. workload

workload/trimester

Individual Lessons – Practice

Technique: embouchure, high register, endurance, etc.

Repertoire: orchestra and solo literature

12 and 84 bp

2 twh

max. 2520 h

360 h/trimester

Class Lessons - Theory and Practice

Technique: embouchure, high register, endurance, etc.

Repertoire: orchestra and solo literature

Music history

Music theory

Musician's health

Performance training

Mental training

8 and 56 bp

4 twh

max. 1680 h

240 h/trimester

Cultural Management Atelier - Theory and Practice

Culture and Media Management

Entrepreneurship

Self-marketing for musicians

Marketing, PR, and press work for projects

Sponsoring

Benefit projects

Intercultural communication

Leadership and team building

4 and 32 bp

2 twh

max. 960 h

120 h/trimester

Brass Studio

Ensemble Practice

3 and 24 bp

2 twh

max. 720 h

90 h/trimester

Expert Lectures

Expert lectures by cultural professionals such as directors, producers, journalists, artists, etc.

1 and 8 bp

0,43 twh

max. 240 h

30 h/trimester

Online Performance

Rehearsal online performance, presentation, and mutual student feedback

2 and 16 bp

2 twh

max. 480 h

60 h/trimester

Preparatory Colloquium

Preparatory colloquium for final examination and concert

2 and 2 bp

2 twh

max. 60 h

60 h/trimester

Final Concert

Final project including concert preparation and performance with media presentation

18 and 18 bp

x twh

max. 540 h

540 h/trimester

The right to make all changes is reserved.

Examination Conditions

The first- and second-year exams:

In the exams & auditions of the first and second year of study (trimester 1 – 7), the jury determines only the passing or failing of the examination.

 

Should a regular student fail an exam or audition, he is given the chance to repeat it twice. If the student fails 3 times in total, he loses the right to pursue further studies with the day of the failed exam.

 

Should a scholarship holder fail an exam or audition, the right is reserved to end the scholarship at the day of the failed exam. The student keeps the right to continue studying as a regular student from that point on.

 

The final concert exam:

All students will receive their final program 3 months prior to the final exam. Grades will be given on the final exam.

Usage of Online Campus

 

Each lesson is recorded for the Academy's own online campus database for study, research, and educational purposes. The student transfers the rights of all recordings without restriction for use and publication for all media forms, unrestricted in time and space. The student may request that individual sequences will not be published in exceptional cases. However, this does not apply to the material in its entirety, entire teaching units, or to class lessons. We kindly ask you to only discuss private concerns at the end of the class lessons or at the beginning or the end of the individual lessons, so recordings can be started later or stopped earlier. 

 

During online classes, the camera should always be on, and the student should log in with their real name. Everyone should mute their microphone when it is not their turn to speak so that the sound quality of the recordings is not affected by background noise and so that fellow students also find it more pleasant to follow the class.

Students are to keep their passwords secret and are not allowed to share or publish the log in data,or any material of the teaching and online campus units and the academy. 

The right to make all changes is reserved.

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