Music Education

Music education facilitates music and making music as a way to enrich people’s lives. Creating an ideal environment for students’ artistic, pedagogical and personal development is paramount to the Institute´s teaching and research activities. At the Institute of Music Education, students acquire a strong foundation for working in music schools and other educational settings, including current and prospective vocational fields.
The Master’s programme (the so-called “PMA”) with the major „Elemental Music Education“ and the Master’s programme „Musikvermittlung - Music in Context“ is the only one of its kind in Austria.
The Institute views music pedagogy as an artistic activity, through which music and making music can be a joyous and lively experience.  Based on this understanding of music education, the programme focuses on inclusive and innovative concepts of collaborative learning and music making.  

The Institute of Music Education is divided into four study programmes:

  • General Music Education/Music teaching programme (AMP): The teacher training programme includes a Bachelor's and Master's degree and it entitles to teach music at lower and upper secondary level at Austrian schools. The teacher training programme belongs to the subject area of general music education, which deals with the acquisition and communication of music and music-related knowledge in the context of school lessons (in class) and/or in smaller or larger groups (music ensemble, class music, band, choir).
  • Elemental Music Education (EMP) includes the Bachelor and the Master Programme Elemental Music Education, as well as the advanced training course Elemental Music Education. Additionally, various elemental music courses are offered to a diverse audience, starting from early childhood, adolescent persons, to adults and senior citizens.
  • Music Education for Voice and Instruments (IGP) (including teaching practice at a music school). The programme (Bachelor's and Master's degree) includes various courses in music education (introductory and advenced courses, major modules and electives in music education).
  • Mentoring is a vital aspect of the institute in which students receive supervision from  teachers in music schools (of various instruments) in a practical, classroom setting in the course „Musikschulpraktikum und Berufsinformation“
  • Musikvermittlung consists of the Master’s programme „Musikvermittlung - Music in Context“.

The Elementary Music Education programme starts the new semester and provides insights into artistic practice - music/movement/voice: