University course Musikvermittlung - Music in Context

The degree course Musikvermittlung – Music in context offers  contemporary education in the diverse practical areas of "Musikvermittlung" in the cultural and educational field. "Musikvermittlung" takes place within the framework of partially-staged concerts with a moderator, pedagogical introductions to concerts and workshops, and also working out concepts where education and the arts intersect. In this way the course meets the needs of the public for new forms and new ways of engaging with music. 


  • Degree: Master of Arts (MA)
  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • The university course can be pursued concurrently with a job.
  • The teaching takes place at weekends (Friday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.). In addition two one-week summer academies deal in greater depth with subjects already studied.


By an exploration of the subject with experts from the practical field, by engaging with the literature and theory of "Musikvermittlung" and by the use of the students' own projects, the course examines in detail the range and variety of current Austrian and international musical outreach, thus establishing a connection between cultural education and contemporary musical composition: the communication of music in concert life,  audience development, audience engagement  and aspects of cultural management are important themes which are treated both theoretically and practically. Training sessions on stage presence, moderation and improvisation help to improve and deepen the professional competence of the students.

A new Master's degree course in Music Mediation (part-time) is planned from fall 2025. Further information will follow.


18 modules combine individual themes of "Musikvermittlung", 16 of them are each rounded off thematically in a concentrated form over 4 weekends per semester, while 2 of them (Practical "Musikvermittlung" & The Fundamentals of "Musikvermittlung") are taught continuously throughout the whole course.

The modules „Practical Musikvermittlung“ and „The Fundamentals of Musikvermittlung“ deepen the knowledge and capabilities of the students over all 4 semesters with regard to stage presence, improvisation in groups, techniques of moderation, writing, use of the voice and the basics of cultural management.

2 summer academies at the end of the 2nd and 4th semesters respectively give the students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of selected special subjects.

The course is concluded with the student's own project and a masters thesis.


  • A university degree in music or musicology or a teaching qualification in music. In exceptional cases an equivalent qualification achieved through work experience will be recognised
  • Practical experience in one field of "Musikvermittlung"
  • Multifaceted musical and cultural interests


Registration deadline: 31st May 2023

Required documents:


YEAR 2023-2025 (subject to change):

DATES STUDY YEAR 2023/24 (subject to change!):

SEM 1/ 1st weekend: September 29 + 30, 2023
SEM 1/ 2nd weekend: October 20 + 21, 2023
SEM 1/ 3rd weekend: November 17 + 18, 2023
SEM 1/ 4th weekend: December 15 + 16, 2023
SEM 1/ 5th weekend: January 26th + 27th, 2024

SEM 2/ 1st weekend: March 15 + 16, 2024
SEM 2/ 2nd weekend: April 12 + 13, 2024
SEM 2/ 3rd weekend: May 24 + 25, 2024
SEM 2/ 4th weekend: June 21 + 22, 2024

Schedule for the SUMMER ACADEMY 2024
August 5 - August 9, 2024, Reichersberg Abbey   

DATES STUDY YEAR 2024/25 (subject to change!):

DATES 3rd semester:
SEM 3/ 1st weekend: 18 + 19 October 2024.
SEM 3/ 2nd weekend: November 8 + 9, 2024
SEM 3/ 3rd weekend: December 13 + 14, 2024

Dates for the WINTER ACADEMY 2025
7-11 February 2025, Anton Bruckner Private University

February 27-March 1, 2025, Anton Bruckner Private University.

DATES 4th semester:
SEM 4/ 1st weekend: March 14-15, 2025.
SEM 4/ 2nd weekend: April 4 + 5, 2025
SEM 4/ 3rd weekend: May 23rd +24th 2025
SEM 4/ 4th weekend: June 13 + 14, 2025

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