Teacher Training for Music Education

Musikpädagogik - Universität Mozarteum | © Michael Klimt & Christian Schneider

The subject of music education offers a wide range of courses in which students learn important theoretical principles in dealing with music and its teaching. The master's degree program serves to provide subject-specific, subject-specific didactic and practical training for the teaching profession of music education in the secondary sector (general education) and the personal focus of the students.


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):

Salzburg location

  • Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS)
  • Salzburg University of Teacher Education (PHS)
  • Edith Stein University of Teacher Education (KPH)
  • University Mozarteum Salzburg (MOZ)

Location Linz

  • Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU)
  • University College of Teacher Education Upper Austria (PH OÖ)
  • Private University College of Education of the Diocese of Linz (PHDL)
  • Linz University of Art and Industrial Design (UFG)
  • Anton Bruckner Private University (ABPU)
  • Catholic Private University Linz (KU Linz)

Applicants should ...

  • enjoy making music
  • want to develop musically and be persistent in practising
  • enjoy musical work with children and young people
  • have enthusiasm in dealing with music
  • meet the requirements for admission

Graduates of the Master's programme in 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.
  • can, based on their experiences as musicians, classify and analyse musical contributions from an artistic point of view, express themselves adequately in different artistic forms of expression and 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 music education, 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.

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 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 to achieve the full equivalence, which have to be provided in the course of the Master's degree 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 Association Cluster West. 

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

Within the framework of the Master's degree programme in 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.

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 must be passed in the following areas:

  1. Audition in the artistic main subject (KHF) including piano & voice
  2. Mastery of the German language (at least level B2) for those whose first language is not German (further information HERE).

The requirements in the auditions are based on the requirements of the Bachelor's examination for the teaching profession Music Education in the Cluster Mitte. An artistic programme must be performed that corresponds to the examination requirements in the artistic main subject as well as practical school piano playing and singing for music teachers with corresponding practical school components.

For some instruments, the admission examinations in the artistic main subject (KHF) are held together with the admission examination in instrumental studies. Please note the date information outside the deadline of the admission examinations for teaching profession, subject musicianship/instrumental musicianship. All other partial examinations take place on the announced examination date.

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Britta Bauer | © Privat
Britta Bauer

Private Docent for flute / Head of Pre-College / Chair of the Curriculum Committee (Performance) / Member of the Curriculum Committee (Pedagogy)

Deputy Department Head
Curriculum Committee
Regina Prasser | © Elsa Okazaki
Regina Prasser

Senior Lecturer for Voice, Elocution / Rhetoric, Children & Youth Voice Education (Music Education)

Curriculum Committee
Kai Bachmann | © Christian Schneider
Kai Bachmann

Ass.-Prof. for applied music theory, Ass.-Prof. for fine level listening & supervision of scientific work, Staff member for evaluation

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