Excellent university teaching music is
our common concern

Artistic expertise and a teaching personality with charisma form the foundation of university teaching music. The application of numerous suitable prospective students is a weighty indicator in this respect. 

Selfevaluation by conviction

How can comprehensive expertise last a professional lifetime?

Every person is first and foremost an expert for him-/herself. It can be derived from this, that individual teaching development must be significantly shaped by the teachers themselves. Therefore, we rely on development-oriented self-evaluation, which enables meaningful measures with valid  results. All contents are confidential. This makes authentic statements possible and avoids the processing of forms that are far removed from reality. 

Self-evaluation from inner conviction has a supportive effect in the area of human self-care, integrity and self-leadership. To a certain extent, it is an expression of sovereignty.

About the illustration: The square ofteaching development in the creative culture process is based on the model of value and development squares according to Nicolai Hartmann, Paul Helwig and F. Schulz von Thun. It is a dynamic tool for unfolding perspectives. Between two sister values (sovereignty and cooperation) an energetic area of sustained tension can be explored and developed.

Personal responsibility and collaboration

Comprehensive excellence in teaching also requires the successful cooperation of all players the university community. This challenging interaction requires a culture of dialogue (first and foremost, inner dialogue with ourselves) and reflection amongst teachers, students, and leaders. Students in particular want to experience the effectiveness of their engagement in the form of change in teaching.

Expanding the perspectives

Part of such a cultural process of personal responsibility and collaboration is also, to appropriately communicate personal findings of self-evaluation. Talking about changes in joint teaching creates trust, transparency and motivation among ourselves, students and colleagues.

In the employee appraisal , there is the opportunity to share the insights gained and to develop further perspectives with the colleagues of the study program directors.

With warm collegial greetings, 

Peter Knodt