News on further education:

4th Further Education Day on September 28 2024, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Campus Music-Academy:


  • 10:00 a.m. Start
  • 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Keynote speech with interaction, Christof Arn
    • Shaping exam situations together
  • 10:50 – 11:05 a.m. Warm up with voice and body, Martin Wettges
  • 11:05 – 11:20 a.m. Presentation of the 3 workshops by Martin Wolf, Lisa Stepf, Christof Arn
  • 11:20 – 12:00 a.m. Coffee break with croissants
  • 12:00 – 16:20 p.m. Three parallel workshops
    • Mental strength – burnout prevention, Martin Wolf
    • Collective feedback, Lisa Stepf
    • Agile audits, Christof Arn
  • 16:20 – 17:00 p.m. Aperitif riche
  • 17:00 p.m. End

Registration for the workshops is possible from May 2024 via ASIMUT.

Keynote speech with interaction

Designing exam situations together

Prof. Dr. Dr. Christof Arn

10:00 – 10:50 a.m., Neuer Saal

Every audition is a kind of interim evaluation, even in individual lessons. In theory lessons, tests during the semester can also help students to perceive their own learning status. Such informal, formative tests enable transparency and autonomy on the way to formal final exams as part of successful exam preparation.

Up to now, we teachers have probably seen ourselves as alone in the task of designing all these examination situations. The term “peer grading” is now associated with the idea of involving students to a significant extent:

  • How can I find out where I stand?
  • What is the essence of a particular stage of training?
  • How can the final examination be designed in such a way that it reflects the desired competencies as well as possible – with which criteria, processes, etc.? 

If we involve students in the design of examination situations in an appropriate and flexible way, they will gain confidence and self-efficacy – and not just in examination situations.

If we teachers work with our students in this way, our role changes – to some extent. A new mastery for ourselves appears on the horizon.

Warm Up with voice and body

10:50 – 11:05 a.m., Neuer Saal

Martin Wettges

Presentation of the 3 workshops by Martin Wolf, Lisa Stepf & Christof Arn

11:05 – 11:20 a.m., Neuer Saal

The workshops

Mental strength – burnout prevention

Martin Wolf

12:00 – 16:20 p.m., Vortragssaal 6 – 301

There are very effective biohacks for modern stress management. Consciously influencing pressure and stress situations is easy to learn – but it takes time to “master” them. In this workshop, I will show you the basics for strengthening your resilience, health and creativity in relation to your internal and external stressors and pressure situations.

A basic understanding of the neurophysiological and hormonal mechanisms of stress and recovery functions in the body forms the basis for learning effective strategies for dealing with stress in a healthy way. The result is not only resilience and health, but also the positive use of the greatest creative power in our body.

Course content:

  • Asking participants about their biggest challenges in coping with stress
  • The stress-relevant map of the brain and body
  • Levels of effective influence for coping with stress
  • Getting to know effective biohacks – miracle cures that need to be practised
  • Resilience 1: Discrepancy between wanting, having and being able – a symptom analysis
  • Resilience 2: Long-term stress management – sleep, nutrition, thinking
  • Burnout cycle: four conditions that lead to burnout

Danger recognized – danger averted? Perhaps … Stress should become our best friend, just like relaxation, because the two belong together like siblings. If we treat one wrongly, the other suffers too. If we do it right, we will grow old healthily, consciously and happily. A bore-out is just as unpleasant as a burnout, which is why “joy” is not just an emotion, but the hormonal output of optimal stress management.

Martin Wolf has been running seminars and workshops on these topics for more than 30 years. His expertise lies in combining scientific findings with Eastern approaches.


Collective feedback

Lisa Stepf

12:00 – 16:20 p.m., Klaus Linder Saal

Giving and receiving feedback is often equally difficult. Ego” and hierarchies often play a role. In the worst case, criticism can be perceived as a “personal opinion” and as an attack from which you need to protect yourself. In this workshop you will get to know a form of collective, structured feedback that reveals and supports the potential of an artistic project idea – beyond hierarchies and sensitivities. In this way, feedback can be perceived as valuable and constructive and used productively for the further artistic process.

The 10 modules of the DasArts feedback method are particularly suitable for input during the artistic work process. It was developed for interdisciplinary, performative projects, but can also be applied very well to dance, theater and scenic-musical projects.

The potential of DasArts lies in the combination of the equally elaborate and clear module structure and the awareness of values and attitudes. In the workshop you will be able to experience these fundamental values and attitudes. There will also be an opportunity to relate them to yourself and your own practical experience.

The workshop begins with a 20-minute artistic presentation of the status of a scenic-musical project. We will then give feedback to the project participants using the method. Finally, there will be a summary of the 10 modules used and background information on the DasArts feedback method, as well as a question and discussion session.

Lisa Stepf studied Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Practice in Hildesheim, was a scholarship holder of the Körber Foundation (Masterclass on Music Education) and the EU pilot project SPACE for young curators. She lives and works as a freelance performer, cellist, curator and lecturer in Switzerland. She is part of the interdisciplinary string quartet Quartett PLUS 1 and the theater company Flinn Works. She has worked as a curator for Radialsystem V in Berlin, among others, and develops new concert formats in various contexts, including for Ensemble Resonanz, the Luxembourg Philharmonic and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. She teaches at the Basel Academy of Music and at the Bern University of the Arts in the “Music in Context” course.


Agile audits

Prof. Dr. Dr. Christof Arn

12:00 – 16:20 p.m., Neuer Saal

If we involve students in the question of how performance, skills and personal development should be demonstrated, this means a challenging change of perspective for them. We take them to the meta-level of their learning: Which situation, task or activity makes what they have learned visible? These are questions that we otherwise ask and answer. Involving students here enables them to learn in greater depth and leads to a greater sense of meaning and identification with the examination process. It can also help to reduce exam-related anxiety.

There are already inspiring experiences and guiding concepts for dealing with this topic, which we will look at in this practice-oriented workshop.

The focus is on the topic of agile examinations. There will also be space for the basics of examinations, student-oriented behavior of examination boards and the topics of the participants. We will start with the specific concerns and experiences of the participants. Based on this, innovative tests and examination forms can be developed directly in the workshop.

Registration for the workshops is possible from May 2024 via ASIMUT.