The Kurt-Singer-Institute for Music Physiology and Musicians’ Health (KSI) was founded in 2002 at
the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK) and at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin (HfM).
Today it is active for both universities with the
aim to improve the health situation of professional musicians.
Why does the KSI exist?
Professional musicians and music students need
a healthy basis for their body and soul, so
that they can cope with the high demands of
their musical careers. The better a musician
knows his body, the more he can create sound
quality and presence. The Kurt-Singer-Institute has set itself the task of promoting
physical, mental and psychological well-being
during the personal development of the
students and preventing illnesses that can
arise through the practice of the musicians'
What is our goal?
The development of the individual artistic
potential and a career as a musician in
harmony with himself and the instrument.
What does the KSI do?
The KSI provides information on music
physiology and musicians' health, teaches
students and interested musicians, offers a
musician's consultation, conducts research on
the health of musicians and organizes
scientific events. The lecturers of the
Institute support the development of healthy
and self-confident music making with a wide
range of body and consciousness techniques.
The methods offer a variety of ways to
refine perception and sensorimotor skills.
Movement training promotes the personal
development of the students, their physical
and mental performance. The subject of music physiology has
been included in the study regulations of the
Hanns Eisler School of Music.
The instrumentalists and singers of the HfM and
UdK are taught anatomical and physiological
basics as well as mental phenomena of making
music in a practice-oriented way.
movement economics and a deep knowledge of
fitness, relaxation techniques and exercise
strategies help the students to be able to take
responsibility for their everyday life as
musicians later on.
In addition to physical fitness, the
students are accompanied by a multi-layered
reflection of the self-conception in making
music on their way to human and artistic
maturity. They are trained in dealing with fear of appearances
and stage fright in order to develop their full artistic potential on stage.