Nicolai Petrat is professor for instrumental educational theory and song educational theory at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre.
His fields of teaching and research deals with educational psychology, general didactics and educational theory. Key aspects are student's motivation in instrumental lessons, the musical adoption behaviour with instrumental students as well as perspectives for teaching analysis.
He has studied at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre majoring in music science with a music-psychological main focus. Furthermore he has studied cello in the College of Music in Hamburg and Vienna. In Vienna he was a master-class student of Prof. Andre Navarra.
His significant artistic influences were participations in cello-master courses by Andre Navarra, Arto Noras, Boris Pergamenschikow and Mstislav Rostropowitsch.
He has concluded his artistic as well as educational studies with the concert certificate as well as the exam to the music education, the music science with Master Artium and doctorate(promotion).
Many years he acted in several academies of music and music schools as assistant professor in cello and educational teaching representative in different colleges of music.
Nicolai Petrat gives presentations on symposia and has been invited for several times to the event of workshops and teacher advanced trainings by associations of music schools.
The most important publications: „Motivation zur Musik. Grundlagen und Praxistipps für den erfolgreichen Instrumentalunterricht“ („Motivation to the music. Bases and practice tips for the successful instrumental lessons“) (Kassel in 2007), "Kinder machen gerne Musik. Was Eltern wissen sollten" („Children play music with pleasure. What parents should know“) (Freiburg in 2003), „Psychologie des Instrumentalunterrichts“ („Psychology of the instrumental lessons“) (Kassel 2000, in 2011 in the 4th ed.)
Nicolai Petrat is born in Hamburg, lives in Hamburg, is married and has four children.