Wednesday, 4 February 2009

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How to become a ’pedagogic therapeutic conductor’ for €12,500 (or just €2,000 for citizens of Bavaria)

People outside Germany continue to express puzzlement at what is a ’pedagogic therapeutic conductor’ (and by extension, a ‘European conductor‘).

Pfennigparade, the big disability-provider in Bavaria, will be starting its next two-year part-time traning course for 'pedagogic therapeutic conductors' in September 2009, providing twenty places.

This is the fourth such course. It is run with the approval of the Bavarian Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Bavarian Ministry of Employment, Social Order, Family Matters, Women and Public Health.

The course will involve twenty ‘weekends’ (one weekend a month) plus ten weeks’ practice. Actually, each weekend will comprise Fridays and Saturdays:
  • 0815-1300 Practice
  • 1400-1900 Theory


  • 0830-1700 More theory
Practice will be with children of preschool and school age.

The following will be eligible to enrol on he course:
  • preschool-workers, teachers, conductors, psychologists, social workers and therapists, with at least a two years` practical experience.

Yes, you read it correctly, conductors are also eligible to enrol to train as ‘pedagogic therapeutic conductors', and it seems that at least one has already felt persuaded to do so in the past.

Course fees are subsidised for citizens of Bavaria, leaving them just € 2,000 to find. Others pay the full amount of € 12,000.

The course will take place at Pfennigparade's base in Munich and in the surrounding area, and maybe elsewhere in Germany and Europe too in institutions in contact with Pfennigparade).

Further information about course content, and contact details (in English)


  1. I have just discovered this English version of the flyer advertising the next PTK course too.
    The question I am asking is who is Pfenningparade trying to attract with this English version? The last 3 courses have been in German and the few weeks of practise are with German speaking children. Unless this is changing and the 4th course is going to be in English then any one wishing to take part will need to speak German reasonably well. This means that the German advertisement which I received a few months ago would have been sufficient.
    It would be very interesting to find out if the course this year will be in English, are Pfenningparade hoping to encourage applications from outside Germany?
    Another question is can anyone outside Bavaria going to be able to afford the fees?

    I will comment further if and when I get some answers.

    Susie Mallett
    Conductor, Germany

  2. Beats me, the whole business. There's no mention of language on the flier and logistics alone mean that folk from afar can hardly take the course anyway. Further, the cost alone puts participation beyond most Central Europeans to the East, and the question of practice with German-speaking children is a clincher.

    What's the course for, anyway? Presumably it has something to do with 'recognition', and therefore money. The involvement of two Bavarian ministries indicates that domestic recognition has to some degree been achieved.

    Recognition of what? Ah, there's the rub. It's not conductive pedagogy for a start See the second page of the flier for course contents: there's all sorts there but a gaping hole in the middle (maybe that's what people mean by 'holistic'!).

    Anyway, whatever the course content and the competencies that it might impart, people living and working outside of Germany have no need to be acceptible to the German health insurance scheme, the Krankenkassen.

    I know that for some years now that there has been expressed a yearning for a 'European conductor' qualification, to be recognised in all member states of the EU. Recognised by whom? Not by the European Union. This is a Chimera, since professional qualifications are a matter for individual member states, not for the EU.

    The conductors' qualification in Hungary was originally created in a State Institute so it had a flying start in being 'recognised'. In Hungary in those days there was no choice but to be recognised! This official involvement has carried over from the days of the State Institute into its privatisation. As for the rest of the EU, only the UK has even one conductor-training school

    There is a 'European Conductors Association' (google it) but I very much doubt that it can have any concrete political mechanism in mind to achieve anything with the EU's umpteen constituent (and in this respect at least, sovereign) states.

    And should the prospect show even the slightest possibility of advance, then there are likely many in Conductive Education obdurately opposed.

    Meanwhile of course Pfennigparade can do what it pleases to suit its own agendas. If this includes informing the rest of the world of what it is doing, then so well and good. I can think of no other material reason for announcing its forthcoming course in English, but I am grateful to it for going to the trouble.