COVID-19 Regulations

The faculty office is available for telephone inquiries Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 12:00.


Regular classes have switched to alternative ‘distance learning’ formats. This was only possible thanks to the exceptional commitment of our teaching staff.

The course and examination times for the current summer semester have been officially extended to include the months of July, August and September.

This offer is to be understood as voluntary for both teachers and students!

Students who are unable to take part in courses which are offered in the summer, for example, should not be disadvantaged when taking examinations.

The main goal is to enable all students to attend courses (primarily digitally) in such a way that the completion of the courses - and thus the acquisition of ECTS points - is possible. In implementing these measures, the ministry also points out that "the greatest possible goodwill towards the students".

Distance Learning

For "a successful 're-start' of the entire Austrian higher education system and a simultaneous minimisation of the risk of infection in or out of the higher education system", teaching must "be carried out digitally or by means of distance learning at least until the end of June". This is a central guideline of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. It further states: "In order to sustainably comply with the principle of 'thinning out' and to ensure the safest possible use of the building, a restrictive standard applies here: if a course format can be digitally implemented, this should be the rule. This "basic rule" applies to the entire teaching process - including ZKF teaching.

To ensure the continuation of classes, distance learning at ABPU (via telephone and video conferencing, e-mail, exchange of audio and video records, moodle etc.) includes the following:

  • ZKF classes (principal subjects)
  • practice supervision (assignments, feedback, mutual reflection etc.)
  • complementary classes
  • supervision of project papers and final theses
  • reading and work assignments
  • provision of teaching materials for independent learning (e.g. via moodle, owncloud etc.)
  • student counselling
  • etc.

Bruckneruni offers the following services:

  • Moodle learning platform:
  • Webex video tool
  • data storage, file-sharing
  • bonline: upload/download of teaching materials


„ZKF“-lessons as well as focus 2. instrument/instrument of jazz/instrument of early music (and, if applicable, the associated correpetition) can be held again at the Bruckneruni from June onwards (subject to the space available and in compliance with the safety precautions). However, we would like to point out once again that the preparations for final examinations must be given priority. Furthermore, there is no obligation to hold ZKF lessons at the Bruckneruni. The holding via distance-learning is still possible and desirable for reasons of social distancing!

Non-digital or distance-substitutable practical lessons

Non-digitally substitutable lessons will be available at the university with restrictions from July. This is intended to give teachers and students the opportunity to offer or attend a (small) part of the originally planned teaching units on site at the Bruckneruni.

This offer is to be understood as voluntary for both teachers and students!

Teaching in preparation for the final artistic examination/final examination

Since 4 May, students who take their final artistic examination in the summer semester have had the opportunity to take lessons at ZKF while observing the security precautions according to the security concept at ABPU.


Practicing is possible again at the university to a limited extent (for the time being only for students who have no opportunity to practice at home). Please note the criteria in the security concept sent out yesterday.


Ministry provisions state that examinations should be held applying technology until further notice. Digital examination formats must be the means of choice.

Examinations which cannot be held digitally at all must take place in compliance with appropriate safety measures.

Entrance examinations

All admission examinations scheduled for May and June will be held digitally. Please find details on the modalities at Admission or on the respective department website.

Evaluation of lectures

All courses and any associated examinations will be held online until further notice. In order to ensure the quality of the examinations, we recommend the following procedures for oral online examinations via video conference in addition to the usual formats for course assessment (such as written seminar papers, presentations, etc.):

Oral online examinations via video conference:
Before the examination begins:

  • Oral agreement to the examination (to be noted in the examination protocol)
  • Establishing identity (only if necessary): Have the Brucknercard presented
  • Announcement that the test will be aborted if there is a suspicion that unauthorised aids are being used. Record the students' consent in the examination protocol.
  • The examiner may ask the candidate to swing out the room with the webcam.

Dealing with technical problems:

If the student cannot log in or the connection is lost, the exam can be repeated at a later date. If a technical problem occurs, it is necessary for the student concerned to contact the examiner immediately (via chat, mail, video, depending on the format).

If you have any questions concerning examination formats, please contact the responsible course lecturer.

Final examinations

Artistic final exams and main focus final exams 2nd instrument must be carried out at the university, an evaluation in the live stream is not possible. In order to ensure the publicity of the final exams, the presence of a person of trust is allowed during the exam.

Since ensemble performance will be possible again at the Bruckner University, ensemble performance during the final examinations can also take place – but only at the express wish of the examination candidate. However, we would like to point out that this is an optional provision and final examinations should still be held primarily without ensemble playing! The safety regulations (10m2 regulation and minimum distance etc.) must be observed during rehearsals as well as during the examination. Events such as kaleidoscopes are not possible until further notice according to the guidelines of the ministry.

Please consult with your ZKF teacher to get further informations.

The registration deadline for the final exams in September/October has been extended to 30.6.2020.

Focal point 2nd instrument – Final examinations

The final examinations for the 2nd instrument/voice/Jazz instruments and the Early Music Instrument specialisation - see artistic entrance examinations. The final examinations for the specialisations "Children and Youth Choir Conducting" and "Choral Conducting" will be held in autumn.

The specialisation "Folk Music" and the specialisation "Instrumental and Vocal Accompaniment" will be assessed cumulatively, i.e. the performances which have been achieved in the specialisation over all semesters will be evaluated conclusively.

If you have any questions regarding these and all other final examinations, please contact the respective institute and the director of the institute* where the SP is held.

  • Second instrument: Institute of the chosen instrument
  • Instrument of Jazz: JIM
  • Ensemble direction vocal/group vocalization: IKD
  • Ensemble direction wind orchestra: IKD
  • Ensemble direction strings: SAI
  • Folk music: TAS
  • Instrumental and vocal accompaniment: TAS
  • Early music instrument: ALT
  • Music and Media Technology: IKD
  • Making music with disabled people: IMP
  • Making music in groups: IMP

Examination PBA Didactics and Teaching Practice of the „ZKF“

Didactics examinations of the summer semester 2020 will take place in a digital format.

Complementary subject ‚Piano‘

There will be no final examination for the complementary subject ‘Piano’. The final mark is calculated cumulatively taking account of the first four semesters.

Thesis defence

Since 11 March, all thesis defences have been taking place via video conferencing.

Please see the guidelines for procedures concerning approval and submission and deadlines.

To arrange a (summer semester) date for your thesis defence, please contact Ms Rosa Blaschek ( – after your first and second supervisor’s approval.

All new defence dates take place via Webex. Rosa Blaschek will provide you with detailed information.

Submission of a German language certificate

The deadline for submission of a German language certificate has been extended until 31 January 2021.