Teacher Training for Music Education - Innsbruck

Department Musikpädagogik Innsbruck

The bachelor's degree program in music education provides basic training in the subjects of musicology and didactics, pedagogy, educational science and school practice as a pre-service training for teaching at middle and high schools.


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

Applicants should ...

  • enjoy making music
  • want to develop musically and be persistent in practising
  • enjoy musical work with children and young people
  • Be enthusiastic in their involvement with music

The aim of the Bachelor's degree programme is to prepare students for the profession of teacher at middle and higher schools. The study programme qualifies for teaching at secondary schools (middle schools, polytechnic schools, general secondary schools, middle and higher vocational 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.

The degree programme is also intended to contribute to the students' personality formation and development of social competences: students should, after completing the BA Music Education Teacher Training:

  • experience and recognise music as a sound phenomenon, as a sound phenomenon subject to certain laws and as a medium of expression anchored in a historical and socio-cultural context
  • have a variety of artistic means of expression at their disposal (instrumental, vocal, using movement)
  • have knowledge and skills in the fields of music education, musicology, music theory and musical practice and be able to network the sub-disciplines
  • be able to work on scientific questions concerning music education and music-related disciplines within the framework of scientific work under appropriate guidance using the corresponding research methods
  • be able to present music in its manifold possibilities of use at least in outline (as a soloist and in an ensemble) and to make it usable for teaching purposes
  • be able to guide others to express themselves musically.

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

The following instruments can be chosen in the artistic main subject (KHF):

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

In addition, the following artistic majors are available for selection:

  • Singing
  • Jazz/Pop Singing
  • Music Direction

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. Artistic main subject (KHF)
  2. Artistic subject piano (if KHF not piano or jazz/pop piano)
  3. Singing for music teachers (if KHF not singing or jazz/pop singing)
  4. Practical piano and rhythmic skills
  5. Sensitivity of the musical ear (sight-singing)
  6. General music theory (music theory and ear training)
  7. Artistic group work
  8. Mastery of the German language (at least level B2) for those whose first language is not German.

The examination requirements are regulated in the guidelines, information on the German language certificates can be found HERE.
Material to prepare for the Music Theory and Aural Training examination can be found HERE.

For reasons of equal treatment and comparability, all applicants to the artistic entrance examination must pass all parts of the examination. Exceptions are regulated in the guidelines.

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Isabel Gabbe | © Elsa Okazaki
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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