Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy

Institute of Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy
Head of the Institute, Professor Lembit Orgse

The primary mission of the Institute of Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy at EAMT is to train outstanding teachers for music schools and to offer additional refresher courses to working teachers to improve their skills.

The institute teaches students in two programmes – musical instrument teaching  and instrumental and vocal pedagogy – that can respectively be studied at bachelor and master’s level. In the course of their studies, students acquire theoretical knowledge and practical pedagogical skills to work successfully as teachers of musical instruments in music schools and institutions of intermediate music education. The selection of courses provides the students with a good foundation to cope with a variety of pedagogical challenges. As the prerequisite for any good teacher is mastery of a musical instrument, both curricula understandably include training in playing that instrument.

The institute is also responsible for teaching specialist teaching methodology courses to music interpretation majors to help them support the playing skills of young musicians with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical teaching experience.

The institute also regularly organises international conferences, where in addition to their own professors, specialists from other local and foreign institutes provide input. Student conferences, where the best master theses are presented, are organised on a regular basis.

Lecturers working at the institute include Associate Professor Niina Murdvee, Associate Professor Mirjam Kerem, Associate Professor Kristi Mühling and others. Collaborative ties also exist with many of the other academy professors and visiting professors, such as Professor Ulrike Danhofer (University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna), Katarina Nummi-Kuisma and Sirpa Lannes-Tukiainen (Sibelius Academy), and many others.