Teacher Training for Instrumental Music Education - Innsbruck


In the bachelor's degree program in instrumental music education, students focus primarily on the two instruments they have chosen, while didactic courses teach them how to teach the instruments. In addition to in-depth training in music theory and musicology, instrumental didactic courses show how playing, learning and practicing on a musical instrument can be successful.


Trial entrance examination

  • 19th March 2024
  • registration until 8th March (registration form HERE)

Study & Occupational Fields

The teacher training programme for secondary education (general education) consists of a Bachelor's and a Master's programme and trains students to become teachers in the chosen teaching subjects. 

The planned duration of the Bachelor's degree programme in Secondary Education (General Education) is 8 semesters. In principle, two teaching subjects must be chosen, which are supplemented by general educational science basics, free elective subjects and integrated pedagogical-practical studies. The teaching subject Music Education can be combined with any teaching subject.

Students receive individual tuition from first-class teachers on their chosen instruments and can develop both artistically and in terms of music education. Accompanying the artistic and music-theoretical training, the focus is placed on the subject of music in school from the very beginning. In the subject didactic courses, methods and concepts for teaching music are taught and, among other things, listening education, digital media and practical music making are addressed.

Link to the semester plan

The study programme is oriented towards both the state of the art in the development of the arts and the state of research in the sciences involved, and refers to the curricula of secondary and higher schools and the general and holistic educational goals contained therein.

General study information

The teacher training programme at secondary level (general education) is carried out in cooperation with the following partner institutions (Entwicklungsverbund Cluster West):

  • University College of Teacher Education - Edith Stein
  • University College of Teacher Education Tyrol
  • University College of Teacher Education Vorarlberg
  • University of Innsbruck
  • University Mozarteum, Innsbruck location

You should...

  • be passionate about singing and making music and have perseverance in practising.
  • enjoy making music together in ensembles
  • be enthusiastic and passionate about art and its communication

The aim of the Bachelor's degree programme is to prepare students for the profession of teacher at secondary and higher schools. A teaching qualification can only be obtained by consecutive enrolment in the corresponding Master's programme. In addition, the Bachelor's programme opens up further occupational fields, such as extracurricular youth education, adult education, cultural and media work, etc.

Furthermore, the degree programme is intended to contribute to the personal development and development of social competences of the students: the students should be enabled to perceive and help shape artistic and overall social developments.

Graduates of the Bachelor's degree programme in Instrumental Music Education:

  • can adequately present themselves in two main artistic subjects
  • can credibly represent the broad spectrum of musical styles and genres
  • can develop independent artistic concepts, ideas and projects, make them usable for teaching and guide learners to express themselves musically as soloists and in ensembles
  • can draw on knowledge and skills in the fields of instrumental/vocal pedagogy, musicology and music theory
  • are able, under guidance, to deal with scientific questions concerning instrumental/vocal pedagogy, instrumental/vocal didactics as well as other music-related subject disciplines
  • to work on scientific questions on instrumental/vocal pedagogy as well as on instrumental/vocal didactics

The range of subjects should enable future teachers to facilitate musical encounters in production and reception for a wide range of learning groups. The degree programme qualifies students to teach at:

  • New secondary school
  • AHS Lower School

Before admission to the degree programme, a First Major (1st KHF) and a Second Major Artistic Subject (2nd KHF) from different areas must be declared. These areas are: Keyboard instruments, string instruments, plucked instruments, wind instruments, singing, jazz/pop singing, music direction and percussion instruments.

Artistic majors (1st and 2nd KHF) can be chosen from the following list:

  • Accordion
  • Recorder
  • Bassoon
  • Singing
  • Jazz/Pop Singing
  • Guitar
  • Jazz/Pop Guitar
  • Dulcimer
  • Harp
  • Horn
  • Clarinet
  • Piano
  • Jazz/Pop Piano
  • Double Bass
  • Music Direction
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Trombone
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Percussion instruments
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Violoncello
  • Folk harp
  • Zither

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor's programme, various certificates and examinations are required:

  • general university entrance qualification (e.g. Matura, Abitur, high school)
  • command of the German language (at least level B2 - Common European Framework of Reference CEFR 2001)
  • positive participation in the general admission procedure for the teacher training programme in the Central Cluster
  • positive passing of an admission examination to determine the artistic-pedagogical maturity.

Within the framework of the Bachelor's degree programme Music Education, piano and voice as well as an artistic main subject must be studied, whereby various artistic main subjects are offered. All instruments offered at the location as well as singing, jazz/pop singing and music direction can be chosen as artistic main subjects. If piano or voice is chosen as an artistic major, no third instrument is required. The choice of instrument must be indicated when registering for the entrance examination.

The subject Music Education must be combined with a second subject. The combination with the subject Instrumental Music Education at the University Mozarteum (location Innsbruck) is possible and requires proof of artistic performance on two instruments within the framework of a separate admission examination.

The General Admission Procedure for all teacher training programmes consists of several steps:

  • Registration and pre-registration (usually early March to mid-May).
  • Participation in the self-inquiry procedure
  • Payment of the fee
  • Registration for the Electronic Admission Test (several dates to choose from)
  • Participation in the Electronic Admission Test

Please check the cluster website for exact dates and procedures.

You can register for the entrance examination via the registration portal for applicants.

Link to the registration deadlines
Link to the examination dates

Registration may only be made for one development association, Central (for Salzburg and Linz) or Western (for Innsbruck). Multiple registrations at different locations are not permitted and will be cancelled.
When registering in the development alliance Cluster Mitte, the location (Salzburg or Linz) must be specified in the application in the above-mentioned registration portal. 

Necessary documents for online registration

  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form with photo
  • Letter of motivation (approx. one DIN A4 page)
  • School leaving certificate or last school report
  • (final) certificates as well as examinations and transcripts of records of all previous artistic and/or pedagogical studies
  • Proof of German language proficiency, if applicable
  • Form of the documents
  • The documents can be uploaded as PDF in the application form.
  • If the documents mentioned are not available in German or English, an official translation must also be submitted.

The artistic entrance examination

Partial examinations must be passed in the following areas:

  1. First Artistic Major
  2. Second artistic main subject

The examination requirements are regulated in the guidelines, information on the German certificates can be found HERE.

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Isabel Gabbe | © Elsa Okazaki
Isabel Gabbe

Univ.-Prof. of Piano and Piano Pedagogy

Deputy Director of Studies
Department Head

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