Adress students on a social level

Photographs: Regula Bearth @ZHdK

Student portrait Moritz Stadtmüller

Moritz Stadtmüller likes to immerse himself in composing and in creating his own formations — which are an important part of his studies. He admires good lecturers. That’s why he is pursuing a teaching degree as a second mainstay.


Christina Wallat: Why are you studying school music?
Moritz Stadtmüller: For two reasons: Giving private French lessons has made me realise how much I enjoy imparting knowledge and, most of all, supporting students. Besides, having a foothold in teaching gives me more financial security.

Has your programme so far met your expectations?
Yes, I’m generally very satisfied. The BA in School Music first focuses on instrumental skills before teaching pedagogical skills on the consecutive MA. Although this structure makes sense, I would still like a bit more pedagogical input during the Bachelor’s.

Has anyone in particular influenced your career aspirations? If so, how?
No, it was rather different people and situations that shaped my career aspirations. If I had to name anyone, it would be my father, because we played a lot of music together, the Beatles, REM or Pink Floyd. He also accompanied me on the guitar when I wanted to play pieces on the trumpet.

How do you imagine ideal music lessons?
I think that playing music ought to be central alongside music theory and music history. Attending concerts, composing, listening to different styles of music … the list is long. In my opinion, an important component of good teaching is being able to address students on a social, interpersonal level. They should feel that they are respected and taken seriously.

What does teaching mean to you?
It means listening, reacting, having a precise plan of what is expected and required of students.

What is your greatest dream?
My dreams change. Right now, I have different ideas: to play my own music, lead formations and, above all, teach good lessons.

What inspires you?
Musically, enthusiasm for good compositions, and of course all kinds of concerts. Pedagogically, the exceptionally good teachers who have discovered their way of teaching and have become role models.

What are the greatest challenges you have faced during the corona crisis?
To be honest, I have felt very comfortable despite everything. I haven’t faced any real challenges in relation to the crisis so far. It’s a pity, though, that the music workshops at ZHdK can’t take place. I miss that.

Who or what doesn’t suit you at all?
Machismo, Red Bull, Trump, discrimination, Justin Robinson and spiders.

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Christina Wallat ( is responsible for communications at the Department of Music at ZHdK.
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