MA Music Education & Music Performance (EN)

The Master’s programme in Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy consists of artistic, pedagogical, and scientific study modules that focus on the fostering of giftedness in musical teaching situations. It teaches interdisciplinary principals for the fostering of musical talent and performance.

Innovative study modules are partly carried out in cooperation with the Vorarlberg Olympic Centre. Students gain practical teaching experience at the university college’s pre-college programme.

The Study Programme

The Master of Arts degree certifies that graduates have achieved a high artistic level in their respective central artistic subject and confirms that they are qualified to teach and work with gifted musicians in music schools, conservatoires, colleges, and music universities.

Graduates are qualified to identify musical talents and to support them using pedagogical and psychosocial methods.

The degree programme entitles graduates to take up further doctoral studies at colleges and universities.

Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree in Arts Education with at least 180 ECTS credits.
  • Bachelor’s degree in the Arts with at least 180 ECTS credits or an equivalent qualification from a higher education institution in Germany or a recognised higher education institution in an EU or EEA state.

Applicants without a degree in Arts Education are required to provide additional evidence of a relevant work placement in Arts Education equivalent to at least 40 teaching hours, or work experience as a professional music teacher.

  • Students must have passed the admission examination, comprised of examination in the central artistic subject, motivation and feedback interviews as well as a teaching sample.


Each part of the examination is assessed by means of a point system. The sum of the points achieved determines the ranking of the applicants in the allocation of available study placements.


Study achievements at the level of a Master’s degree can be credited. The Directorate of Studies is responsible for crediting competences acquired prior to the degree course; applications can be submitted here. The decision on the content is made by a credit transfer committee.

Additional information including forms can be found here.

Following the Admission Exam

All study applicants will be notified by the Directorate of Studies as soon as they have been admitted by the Admissions Committee.

There is no guarantee of a study place if the admission examination is passed successfully. A study place is allocated depending on the number of available study places.

Proof of Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not German must provide proof of proficiency in German at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages until the end of the first semester.

Study Fees

The study fees are based on the origin of the students and consist of the semester fee and the fee of the Austrian National Union of Students.

EU citizen: € 270 per semester
Non-EU citizen: € 590 per semester
Fee of the Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH): € 22.70 per semester