The HMT Leipzig is dedicated to the professional training of musicians, music teachers and actors at the highest international level. Mendelssohn's first draft concept from 1840 explicitly addresses the dangers of narrow technical drill and emphasises the importance of comprehensive artistic education in forming thinking musicians. This principle is as central to the ideals and values of the HMT today as it was in Mendelssohn's day. Most recently it has informed two fundamental curricular reforms —in the 1990s following German reunification and since 2006 in response to the EU-wide introduction of Bachelor and Master degrees. As a result, our students benefit from focused curricula integrating an unusually wide range of relevant practical and theoretical disciplines.