Rode-Breymann studied early music and music education at the Hamburg Conservatory and musicology, art history and literature at the University of Hamburg and received her doctorate in 1988 with a thesis on Alban Berg and Karl Kraus. She was a researcher at the University of Bayreuth (1988 to 1992) and the University of Bonn (1992 to 1996), a research fellow of the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel in 1989 researching Anton Webern etc. From 1996 to 1999 she taught as a university lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover and was from 1999 to 2004 a professor of historical musicology at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. She was appointed professor of historical musicology at the university in Hannover in October 2004, serving as Vice President from July 2006 to July 2008. In February 2010 she was elected president of the university.
Rode-Breymann is editor and author of numerous publications in the fields of gender studies, music history, early modern, contemporary music and the music of the turn of the century.
- Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover (September 2007). Orte der Musik: kulturelles Handeln von Frauen in der Stadt. Böhlau Verlag Köln Weimar. p. 289. ISBN 978-3-412-20008-4. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
- "Chronik der HMTMH / Hochschulgeschichte von 1897 bis heute" (in German). hmtm-hannover.de. 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
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