musik.welt - Cultural Diversity in Musical Education

Part-time continuing education programme

Since 2011, the CWM has been providing application-oriented training for professionals who take up the diversity of musical cultures in their working environment - in daycare centres, schools, city districts, youth centres and concert halls. The part-time degree programme "musik.welt - Cultural Diversity in Music Education" is unique in Germany and responds to current challenges in society. The course is aimed at all professional fields that work with the medium of music.

The heterogeneity of the study group is an integral part of the extra-occupational study programme. For musicians newly arrived in Germany who are interested in studying, the INTEGRA programme (see below) provides orientation to accompany them on their way to the Foundation University of Hildesheim.


Next Start

The next start of the programme is in October 2022 (winter semester 2022/2023)! Applications will be accepted from April 2022.
We warmly welcome everyone who is interested to open workshops in summer 2021 from current students! Registration at any time with Morena Piro (


Degree Master of Arts
Study period 4 Semesters (two years)
Form Part-time study programme, starts in winter semester (oct - feb). Lectures take place on four or five weekends per semester, in addition to instrumental lessons. Great importance is attached to independent study and active participation in the learning process.

The study programme musik.welt - Cultural Diversity in Music Education focuses on the following contents:


  •     Ethnomusicology
  •     Music education
  •     Music and social work
  •     Project management, self-reflection
  •     Individual instrumental tuition


The study programme brings together current contents, methods and research results from the fields of ethnomusicology, music education and social pedagogy in theory and practice. Building on their qualifications and experience gained in previous training and professional activities, students will be enabled to make cultural diversity an object of musical education. By closely linking theory and practice, they will learn to identify the local need for transcultural music education work. According to this, they test mediation offers in a target group-oriented way. The study programme promotes the connection to existing networks of music education and transcultural social work.




Module 1 Music and society
Module 2 Music and target group
Module 3 Music and mediation
Module 4 Music and management
Module 5 Music and body
Module 6 Music and practice
Module 7 Master module


The degree programme is aimed at all those who want to gain competences in order to use the integrative power of music in their daily work. The students develop music projects in their field of work, for example in the field of education, culture or social work.

The students acquire tools for planning, implementing and reflecting on intercultural musical education work.  Graduates can take on advisory, mentoring and further training tasks as well as project management functions.


  • Bachelor's degree from a higher education institution belonging to the Bologna signatory states OR
  • Equivalent degree from another foreign higher education institution (equivalence is determined according to the standarts of the Central Office for Foreign Education, Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany ( AND
  • At least one and a half years of professional experience in study-relevant fields of activity

It is possible to enroll in musik.welt as a certificate programme. A Bachelor's degree or similar is then not required.

Application documents

  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form
  • Certified copy of the university entrance qualification
  • Certificates of completed periods of study
  • Letter of motivation
  • Work certificate for at least one year of professional experience


The next study start is in winter semester 2022/2023 (Oct 2022). Application period starts in April 2022.


The numbers of university places are limited. They are allocated according to an internal selection procedure.

If all formal admission requirements are met, applicants receive an invitation to the aptitude test in Hildesheim. It comprises individual and group interviews and artistic presentations that examine pedagogical, scientific and artistic aptitudes. For this purpose, the applicant must prepare an instrumentally accompanied or unaccompanied piece of music and a vocal piece of his/her own choice.

Admitted applicants receive written notification of admission and must declare their acceptance of the place in writing by the deadline.

Admission regulations

The University of Hildesheim charges tuition fees for participation in the continuing education programme musik.welt.

Fee schedule

Semester fees are also charged. The Deutschlandstipendium provides support with counter-financing by the Foundation of Lower Saxony. We are very pleased that the Foundation of Lower Saxony is supporting 22 scholarship holders in the current study group with the counter-financing of the Deutschlandstipendium. If you have any questions about costs and funding, the study programme coordinator Morena Piro can help.