Prof. Dr. Ines MΑΙΝZ | Elementary Composition
(University for Music and Theater Leipzig)
After finishing high school, Ines Mainz studied piano with emphasis in Jazz, classic and music theory at the University for Music and Theater in Leipzig.
After her national diploma examinations she was ballet accompanist at Theaters in Leipzig (1984-1988). She worked as associate scientist in a research project for extremely gifted persons at the University for Music and Theater in Leipzig (1988-1992). In 1993 she was assistant for music education at the same University and assistant for music education and elementary composition by Prof. Dr. Rudolf Nykrin at Mozarteum University in Salzburg.
In 1997 she did her doctorate in music education, by the internationally known music teacher, founder of the polyaesthetic education and -at that time- chancellor of Mozarteum University, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Roscher as well as in Psychology, by Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Herber of the University of Salzburg.
Dr. Mainz was appointed as Professor for music education at the University for Music Nurenberg/Augsburg (2000) and at the University for Music and Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig (2001).
Dr. Mainz’s working area combines scientific, artistic and pedagogic capacities. She has developed an integrative piano methodology and has written a three-volume comprehensive book, which was published by the Schott publications in Mainz. She gets on with a research for creativity and is occupied in developing a composition methodology for children. For her work in this field she received in 1998, a prize from the Austrian Council for Music Education. Mrs. Mainz could present her scientific work in various courses and at several international conferences in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Further, since many years, she writes plays for children, which are integrated to various concert programmes. As author, pianist and actress she was (together with her husband Kaspar Mainz and their Ensemble) enabled to inspire children’s enthusiasm for classic music in many European countries.
In 2006 she presented a composition for two actors and a big orchestra under the title “Verrücktes Orchesterkonzert” (the loony orchestra concert) in première at Gewandhaus, with the Leipziger Sinfonieorchester. Since then this piece is steadily a “sine qua non” for school concerts. In 2009 the books to the dramaturgy and the music score of this work were published by Peters Publications in Frankfurt am Main.
In 2009, 2011 and 2013 the new school books for music teaching “Dreiklang 5/6”, “Dreiklang 7/8” and “Dreiklang 9/10” are brought to public by the Cornelsen Publications in Berlin. These volumes were edited by Prof. Dr. Georg Maas of the University in Halle and Prof. Dr. Ines Mainz. Dr. Mainz participated as author as well as composer in all three volumes.
She is also responsible for the scientific research to the national scheme “an instrument for each child” in the Free State of Saxony in Germany.