Where are you from?
I was born in a small city called Buxtehude which is near Hamburg, but grow up in Mönchengladbach,
What are your qualifications?
I have completed a M.A. in Composition and Musicology and a M.Mus. in Contemporary Music in Salzburg,
Frankfurt and Leipzig. After my studies I lived as an Artist in Residence in Salzburg, Berlin and Istanbul and
gave concerts and lectures in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Sweden, UK, Turkey, USA, Singapore
and Australia. As a musicologist, I have published several articles on music and philosophy.
Currently, I am a PhD researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Huddersfield.
What are your teaching experiences?
I started teaching German to native speakers as well as to beginners (German as a foreign language) privately
during my A levels and continued this activity also during my studies at University. As a Musician, I was teaching
Piano and Music Theory in Salzburg and Frankfurt. Currently, I am teaching Composition, Music Theory
and Orchestration at the University of Huddersfield.
What is your speciality?
I am well-read in German literature and philosophy. My master’s thesis was a critical aesthetic and philosophic reflection about the influence of the art epoch of Mannerism on Contemporary Music. My PhD research is about the aspect of Transculturality in Music.
For advanced students, I like to include the linguistic features from writes such as Thomas Bernhard, Thomas Mann and Heinrich Heine.
I am used to teaching students from all ages, beginners, intermediate and advanced.
What is the best thing about teaching?
I love teaching! It is a great pleasure to interact with student, to see their fascination and to see their
improvements. It is very satisfactory to me to accompany the students from the very beginning of their
language learning to the moment where they can have a proper conversation in German. One of my main
goals is that the students enjoy the German language and have fun learning it.
Which food is typical for your region?
North Rhine-Westphalia is well-known for its Pumpernickel, a typical German bread. There is even a