22 June 1933
Teaching license for the pianist and music teacher Ilse Wunsch
Ilse Wunsch (1911–2003) began taking piano lessons as a child. At sixteen she studied with the renowned pianist Franz Osborn and from 1929 to 1931 she attended the music education seminary run by the pianist and educator Maria Leo. After her studies, she started giving private lessons and public concerts. The document reveals that she had been required to reapply for the teaching license in April 1933. However, it does indicate whether the fact that she was granted a license was the result of her father’s death while serving as a field doctor during the First World War.
The license did not cover the establishment of a private music school. In addition, it was valid only as long as she lived in the East Charlottenburg school district. What is noteworthy is that it does not ban her from teaching at conservatories or music seminaries—the relevant passage is crossed out on the form. This exception is explicitly confirmed on the back of the document.
There is no record of Ilse Wunsch continuing to give lessons after receiving the license. Eight months later, she joined her fiancé, the organist and pianist Max Janowski (1912–1991), in Japan, where he had been named head of the piano program at the Imperial Academy of Music in Tokyo. There Ilse Wunsch was able to teach and give concerts.