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
Why does the KSI
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
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.
Individual 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