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Welcome to the Plucked Instrument Study Area!

Our area of study includes the instruments Guitar, Lute, Theorbo and Harp. This creates a stylistic balancing act that spans several departments of our University: Jazz, Pedagogy, Solo Instruments/Vocal Studies, Early Music in Instruments/Orchestras.

We see our most important tasks as being a contact point for specific questions about the study of the instruments, on the one hand, and as ensuring coordination, cooperation and permeability between the departments, on the other.


Guitar crossover



Possibilities and opportunities for students

There are various options for students to individualise their studies. For example, classical guitar students can choose jazz or Early Music/Lute as their bachelor's key profile or second major. It is also possible to take courses from other departments with a major in Jazz Guitar, Lute/Theorbo, Harp or EMP.

For more information, please refer to the relevant subject course plans or contact us directly.

Enhance your career opportunities

Particularly in liberal arts subjects such as guitar or lute, a broad-based education that focuses on personal strengths and interests can greatly enhance your career opportunities. This applies to both teaching and performing.

Shared teaching

From the point of view of teachers and students, a special programme has proved its worth: At your request, you have the opportunity to split the main lessons in classical guitar. This means that time is divided between two teachers in order to make the best use of skills and to approach problems from different angles.

  • The additional subject of Guitar Crossover - which you can study as a key profile or second major - prepares you specifically to meet the growing demand from music schools for guitar teachers with a wide range of styles and expertise.

    Through individual artistic tuition
    • you learn important playing techniques and representative (solo) repertoire for the concert guitar, supported by the compulsory subject of classical guitar, as well as steel-string and electric guitar,
    • you continually deepen your knowledge and are supported in the development of your own artistic profile,
    • you will develop a comprehensive awareness of style, learning, for example, how to accompany songs in the appropriate style and how to use amplification and effects technology to create a style-typical electric guitar sound.

    Improvisation and composition also play an important role. In conjunction with the songwriting/composition seminar, you can develop, arrange and realise your own ideas in a practical way. In the ensemble, you will gain important experience of rehearsal work, arranging techniques and playing together in small chamber music ensembles, large guitar ensembles and band contexts. You are also introduced to typical ensemble instruments such as the octave guitar, bass guitar and banjo. Recital evenings are held regularly, giving you the opportunity to perform on stage. Each concert is based on a specific theme, for which a programme is developed in collaboration with a presenter.

    Contact person: André Herteux

  • My lessons (Prof. Lilo Kraus)

    My teaching method is based on the "Berlin School" (Max Saal, 1882-1948) and builds on the pedagogical work of Carlos Salzedo and Henriette Renie. Following these schools, I would like to teach a superior playing technique that makes it possible to master even the most difficult passages without damaging the musculoskeletal system. The guiding principle of my lessons is a full, soft harp sound, which is produced by a natural sequence of movements.

    Regular workshops with famous fellow musicians broaden the musical horizons of the students and, above all, promote the team spirit of the harp class.

    Whether baroque harp with Johanna Seitz or jazz harp with Park Stickney and Uschi Laar, the focus is always on making music and improvising together.

    The Nuremberg University of Applied Sciences is excellently equipped for this.

    Students have access to two high-quality Horngacher concert harps, a Löffler harp and a Salvi harp with a built-in sound system. The university also has a baroque harp, a Bohemian hook harp and an Irish Harp.

    About me


Prof. Sebastián Montes Gitarre (Hauptfach)

All members of the study area

Philipp Brämswig Jazz-Gitarre (Hauptfach)

Björn Colell Laute (Hauptfach), Theorbe (Hauptfach), Gitarre (Hauptfach)

Andreas Fischer Fachdidaktik Gitarre, Gitarre

André Herteux Fachdidaktik Gitarre, Gitarre-Crossover

Susanne Kaiser Fachdidaktik Harfe

Prof. Lilo Kraus Harfe (Hauptfach)

Prof. Sebastián Montes Gitarre (Hauptfach)