I teach and coach both individual and groups.

Topics may include but need not be limited to:

- electronic and experimental music composition, theory and history
- audio software programming (Max, Max for Live)
- interface design and best practices for concerts, theatre and installations
- listening skills
- developing your artistic voice through suitable practices and workflows
- and artist coaching in a more broader way.
- workshops for schools and festivals

My experience ranges from University seminars and mentorships to primary school workshops.

I teach in German, English, and French.

Private lessons may take place face-to-face or online.

Accommodation for visiting students can be provided for free. I'm also happy to travel.

I regularly teach or organize experimental music and media art projects for schools. See here for a few documentations.

As of January 2018 I am in charge of music educaton/mediaton at Musikfestival Bern, the city's major contemporary and experimental music festival.

contact: tobias(at)tobiasreber.com


Selected references:


Musikvermittlung Schweiz+
Presentation on Handyensemble Thun, with Thomas Jacobi

MA Contemporary Arts Practice, HKB
invited guest for an interview and discussion on art, media and media arts

Handyensemble Thun
Educational project for Tönstör with 20 kids at Gymnasium Thun, Switzerland
Sound walks, using mobile phones as 20+ channel sound system, feedback networks, etc.

- Newspaper article with images
- Blog entry describing a sound walk on the first day of the project

Kurs "Kann man das Hören lernen?" ("Is listening a learnable skill?")
Swiss Chamber Music Festival
Kandersteg, Switzerland

- Photography by Sabine Burger

Musikfestival Bern
music mediation and teaching
- Vermittlungsangebot Musikfestival
- Vermittlungsangebot Radio Antenne

external student mentor, Berne University of the Arts

Winterreise Remixed
educational project for 8th grade students
Studying and remixing Schubert's "Winterreise"
co-teaching with Felicitas Erb and Christine Grossenbacher

Composing music for theater with Borderlands and other tools
Five day class for 9th grade pupils, Münchenbuchsee CH
Co-teaching with Christine Grossenbacher

2018 - ongoing
Music educator/mediator for Musikfestival Bern.

"Composing with Borderlands Granular" workshop for teachers, ICT-V-Tagung, PH Bern

2017 - 2018
Guest lecturer (fall term), HKB Sound Arts

Workshop "Das Zuhören lernen - vom Schubladenhören zum Klangerleben" ("Learning how to listen"), 3h
Swiss Chamber Music Festival, Adelboden CH

2014 - 2017
Assistant teacher at the Sound Arts departement
Hochschule der Künste Bern / University of the Arts Bern
student mentor and "Electronic Ear Training" seminar
Website / Facebook

Moderation of two evenings discussing experimental music pieces that attendees shared and put up for discussion. For by Pakt Bern

Composing music for theater with Borderlands and other tools
Five day class for 9th grade pupils, Münchenbuchsee CH
Co-teaching with Christine Grossenbacher and Eliane Baumann (theater)

Irritationen: Musikvermittlungsprojekte in der Schule
Irritationen: Music mediation projects in public schools
Two 90 minute presentations and Q&A with Christine Grossenbacher
Pädagogische Hochschule PH Bern, Fachbereich Musik, Masterstudiengang Sek1

WhatsApp-Ensemble: Calimeros Ringtone Remix
Based on original and derived motives from the Calimeros Schlager "Ich hab genug von deinen Lügen". Performed by music students of the Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB) at the award ceremony for the cultural and music education awards of the city of Bern, October 2016

Documentation / Booking

2015 - 2016
Artistic director and teacher for educational project Irritationen II, Bern, October 2015 - April 2016


Documentary video:

Radio feature on Radio RaBe, March 31st, 2016

"Composing with Borderlands Granular"
Workshops for Kids for Migros Kulturprozent / bugnplay.ch, all across CH
co-teaching with Christine Grossenbacher

Website and booking

photo credit: Shusha Niederberger / HeK
More images from the workshop at Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel

"Instant Satie"
Composing generative musique d'ameublement
with a Max patch for Disklavier and Computer
Hochschule der Künste Bern, Zukunftstag 2015

photo credit: Kristina Herbst

Student mentor (2 months)
MA Scenic Arts Practice, Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB)

"Introduction to Composing with Max", 2 day class
Taktung Festival 2015, Zürich CH

student mentor
Institut für Musik, Hochschule Osnabrück, D

First student visiting from abroad for two days of intensive studies

"Introduction to Composing with Max", 2 day class
Institut für Musik, Hochschule Osnabrück, D

2013 - 2014
Artistic director and teacher for educational project Irritationen, Münchenbuchsee, October 2013 - June 2014

Website: www.irritationen.weebly.com

Blog entry: Listen I
Blog entry: Listen II
Blog entry: Otodate
Blog entry: Irritationen at Dampfzentrale
Blog entry: Poster
Newspaper feature "Lieder in den Dingen wecken" (Der Bund, german)

2013 - ongoing
Touch guitar teaching in Biel

Fall term
Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB) / University of the Arts Berne
project mentor at the MA in Contemporary Arts Practice

July 22 - 27
teaching touch guitar technique at the Touch Guitar Circle summer course, Inzing, A

Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB) / University of the Arts Berne
teaching electronic music ear training, composition and personal lessons at the BA in Music and Media Arts and MA in Contemporary Arts Practice faculties from April to June.

co-teaching a workshop for 84 eighth grade pupils with the Aargau Symphony Orchestra

Davos Festival: 3.5-day class on creating an introductory lecture-performance for Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Mantra" (1970) in collaboration with Barbara Weber. classes from August 6-9, workshop concert August 9.

for more info on the course contents please see this blog entry.
for more pictures of the performance rehearsal see this blog entry.

2011 - ongoing
private lessons in composition and music software programming

2011 - ongoing
Tönstör Laptop Ensemble for Teenagers
most recent performance at Lange Nacht der Elektronischen Musik, Dampfzentrale, Bern

For a rehearsal snapshot see this blog entry.
For more pictures of the performance see this blog entry.
This concert was reviewed in "dissonance #119" (pdf, german)

photo credit: Samira Zribi

Tönstör: "Bildbrechung"
a 30 minute concert performed March 29 & 30 at at Casino Bern, opening for the Berne Symphony Orchestra

Here's a recording of the first piece, "Bildbrechung(-Brechung)", Roland Moser's orchestral work "Bildbrechung", remixed live using 21 mobile phones. A documentary blog entry describing the thoughts behind the piece can be found here.

Video excerpt:

"Would you like to KISS?"
weekly one-term practical seminar
Hochschule der Künste Bern HKB, Y-Institute for Transdisciplinarity
co-taught by Alain Jenzer and Tobias Reber
exhibition of student projects at F11, Bern

Tönstör Laptop Ensemble
debut performance "Sprachlos" - music for modern dance, performed at Dampfzentrale Bern

Music: Tobias Reber, performed by the Tönstör Laptop Ensemble
Dance: Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theatre & 9th grade students

Tönstör: "Abwalden", a 30 minute concert performed twice as part of the Biennale Bern 2010

Feature/Interview in Bieler Tagblatt (jpg, german)

Tönstör: "Vrruckt", performed at Dampfzentrale Bern

MyCulture - 50 Jahre Migros Kulturprozent
musical coaching for the finalists' projects

Recorders & Live Electronics
two day workshop and performance project for children aged 6-12, co-taught by Sabrina Frey and Tobias Reber, Blockflötentage Schaffhausen 2006