Teacher Training for Instrumental Music Education - Innsbruck


The master's degree program serves to provide specialized scientific, specialized didactic and practical school training for the teaching profession of instrumental music education in secondary education (general education) and can only be chosen in combination with the master's degree program in music education. The focus is on the study of the two chosen instruments and the artistic further development and perfection.


Study & Occupational Fields

The planned duration of the Master's degree programme in Secondary Education (General Education) is 4 semesters. Basically, two teaching subjects have to be chosen, which are supplemented by general educational science basics, free elective subjects as well as integrated pedagogical-practical studies. The subject Music Education can be combined with any other subject.

The teacher employment law stipulates that young teachers must complete a Master's degree within five years of their Bachelor's degree in order to be able to enter into permanent employment. In addition, students have to go through a one-year induction phase in which they teach regularly and are accompanied by mentors. This professional practice can be completed directly after the Bachelor's programme and recognised as an internship in the Master's programme in accordance with the respective curricular requirements and the currently applicable legal situation (University Act and Higher Education Act).

In the Master's programme, the range of subjects is completed with practical school events. Music education courses play a key role in a process of increasing individualisation of teachers' personalities: On the one hand, these challenge future teachers to reflect on central contents of the discipline (in order to pursue dissertation studies based on this, if necessary). On the other hand, bridges are also built here to important extracurricular institutions in order to clarify participation in public musical life in production and reception as an essential facet in the role image of music teachers.

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 the secondary level (general education) and the general and holistic educational goals contained therein. Within the framework of the study programme, principles such as learner-centred orientation, questions of performance assessment, backward learning design, flexible differentiation, competence orientation, diversity as well as teacher leadership are also taken into account.

Link to the semester plan 

The Master's degree programme in Secondary Education (General Education) entitles the holder to full employment as a teacher for the 5th to 13th school level at:

  • Special schools
  • Secondary schools (MS)
  • Polytechnic schools (PTS)
  • General secondary schools (AHS)
  • Vocational schools and colleges (BMHS) for general education subjects

General study information

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

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

Target group are graduates of musical-artistic bachelor studies. You should:

  • be passionate about singing and making music and also have stamina when practising
  • enjoy making music together in ensembles
  • be enthusiastic and passionate about art and its communication
  • meet the admission requirements

Graduates of the Master's programme in Instrumental Music Education:

  • are able to reflect on central scientific contents, theories, development perspectives and areas of application, modify them and orient them to teaching practice.
  • are able, based on their own experiences as musicians, to classify and analyse musical contributions from an artistic point of view, to express themselves adequately in different artistic forms of expression and to critically assess their own contribution
  • can recognise differences and similarities between the sub-disciplines of the subject and establish connections between essential findings in the different areas
  • are able to apply subject-specific procedures and methods, especially in the field of instrumental music pedagogy, in a situation-appropriate manner
  • are able to develop, communicate and document subject-specific contents and findings in a form which corresponds to the conventions of the subject, or to express them artistically
  • are able to recognise and work on subject-specific questions and problems independently and in cooperation with others
  • are able to present ways of learning processes in the artistic and scientific elaboration of subject content and align them to the requirements of teaching practice
  • are able to establish cross-connections between subject content, subject didactic concerns and school practice and document this on the basis of concrete tasks.

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
  • Jass/Pop Singing
  • Guitar
  • Dulcimer
  • Harp
  • Horn
  • Clarinet
  • Piano
  • Double bass
  • Music line
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Trombone
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Percussion instruments
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Violoncello
  • Folk harp
  • Zither

The prerequisite for admission to the Master's degree programme Teacher Training at Secondary Level (General Education) is the completion of the relevant Bachelor's degree programme Teacher Training (General Education) in the Development Network Cluster West (e.g. Bachelor's degree programme Teacher Training Instrumental Music Education at the Mozarteum University) or another relevant Bachelor's degree programme or another equivalent degree programme at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution.

If the equivalence is basically given and only individual supplements to the full equivalence are missing, the competent body of the admitting university is entitled to prescribe additional certificates of achievement for the attainment of the full equivalence, which have to be provided in the course of the Master's programme.

Admission requires the passing of an admission examination to determine the artistic-pedagogical maturity. This must be passed by all applicants who have not completed their Bachelor's degree in the development network Cluster West. 

Applicants whose first language is not German must also provide proof of German language skills.

The subject Instrumental Music Education must be combined with the subject Music Education. If the Bachelor's degree for this subject was not obtained in the Central Development Cluster, an admission examination to determine artistic-pedagogical maturity must also be passed.

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)
  • (final) certificates as well as examinations and transcripts of records of all previous artistic and/or pedagogical studies
  • Proof of German language proficiency

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 are to be taken in the following areas:

  1. First artistic main subject (1st KHF)
  2. Second artistic main subject (2nd KHF)

Mastery of the German language (at least level B2) for all those whose first language is not German.
The examination requirements in the KHF are based on the requirements of the Bachelor's examination in the teacher training programme for secondary education (general education), subject instrumental music education, at the Innsbruck location.

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Isabel Gabbe

Univ.-Prof. of Piano and Piano Pedagogy

Deputy Director of Studies
Department Head

Lektorin for Jazz and Pop Voice






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