Elemental Music & Dance Education

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The master's program Elemental Music and Dance Education enables the individual deepening of scientific, pedagogical and artistic skills. Competencies in scientific and artistic research are developed and are applied in final theses. Students expand their musical-dance-linguistic skills in performative and didactic contexts, especially also in the field of community music and community dance.


Study & Occupational Fields

Community music and community dance primarily include activities that inextricably link creative expression through music and dance with participation and social and cultural involvement. The study programme is oriented towards the current state of development and development of the arts as well as the state of research in the sciences involved. An artistic-performative or pedagogical-scientific specialisation is possible in the degree programme.

In addition to those named in the Bachelor's programme Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy, the following further professional and occupational fields open up:

  • Community Music and Community Dance
  • Scientific and artistic research
  • International knowledge transfer projects
  • Journalistic and authorial work
  • Artistic-creative and pedagogical leadership functions
  • Further academic activities

General study information

The aim of the study programme is to go beyond the bachelor's degree and to deepen the subject-specific, artistic, theoretical-scientific and pedagogical-didactic knowledge in the field of elemental music and dance education. Subject-specific and interdisciplinary topics are dealt with in a variety of artistic and academic formats and
formats and are discussed/understood as mutually enriching. In the process, diverse encounters with a contemporary, innovative and future-oriented artistic and pedagogical practice are realised.

Research-based approaches qualify students for a reflected artistic-pedagogical and theoretical-scientific practice.
practice. The development of independent art productions and questions is promoted by the respective specialisation in performative-artistic or pedagogical-scientific aspects.
Individual competences are developed and differentiated in the course of study towards an academic profile. In particular, the following are expanded and professionalised:

  • The ability to teach general musical as well as instrumental/vocal and dance competences.
  • The ability to differentiate artistic competences, especially in improvisation and composition, independently and in practice with diverse target groups.
  • The ability to plan, implement and document artistic and artistic-pedagogical projects
  • The ability to act pedagogically responsibly in diversity contexts on the basis of current scientific knowledge.
  • The ability to shape creative processes in a cooperative and collaborative way
  • The ability to develop research-based approaches
  • The ability to look discursively, self-critically and reflexively at one's own artistic, artistic-pedagogical and scientific work.
  • The ability to present artistic projects to the public in an aesthetically contemporary way.
  • The ability to apply strategies after graduation in order to proactively organise and implement further learning and development processes.

The four-semester course of study has a modular structure. A module is the combination of teaching and learning content into thematically and didactically meaningful units of study. The designations and content descriptions (study objectives) of the individual modules as well as the number of ECTS credits to be achieved for each module and the type of performance assessment are specified in the curriculum.

The module descriptions refer to the corresponding learning outcomes and competencies. The Master's program is a face-to-face program and cannot be offered - not even in parts - as a distance learning program. The courses from the Central Artistic Subject (ZKF) as well as the other Individual Artistic Instruction (KE) are designed to build upon each other. The prerequisite for enrollment in courses from the ZKF or KE is in each semester - with the exception of the first - the positive evaluation of the previous semester. The same applies to Musical Rehearsal (KE). Musical Rehearsal can only be taken in combination with ZKF.

Link to the semester plan

Admission to the Master's programme Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy requires the completion of a relevant Bachelor's programme (BA) or another equivalent programme at a recognised Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution (e.g. university, college) (§ 64 para. 3 UG 2002). 
In addition, a prerequisite for admission to the degree programme is the successful completion of the admission examination. For this, an online registration is required first, during which the necessary documents are checked. Only after the completely submitted documents have been checked will an invitation to the admission examination be issued.


  • The examination of the pre-study documents can take up to 4 weeks! Early application is therefore recommended.
  • You can only apply for studies for which you have not yet obtained a degree!

Necessary documents for online application

  • Curriculum vitae with photo.
  • Letter of motivation (approx. one DIN A4 page)
  • BA certificate or degree certificate from a relevant degree programme, if the degree programme has already been completed. 
  • The following studies are considered relevant for admission: BA Rhythmics or BA Elemental Music and Dance Education. (Depending on the number of hours completed in the field of movement/dance, application to the MA Elemental Music and Movement Pedagogy (MA EMBP) may also be recommended).
  • Current confirmation of enrolment, if the degree programme has not yet been completed (the certificate must be submitted by the time of enrolment!)
  • overview of subjects and grades (Transcript of Records) of the BA programme
  • Official confirmation of the main subject/instrument, if this is not evident from the other documents (e.g. "Bachelor of Music" is not sufficient!)
  • If further previous studies are available, a complete overview of subjects and grades (Transcript of Records) of all artistic and pedagogical Master's and diploma studies must also be uploaded.
  • If applicable, German language certificates.

Form of the documents

  • The documents can be uploaded as PDF files in the application form.
  • If the documents mentioned are not available in German or English, an official translation must be submitted.

The Admission Examination

Within the admission examination, the following partial examinations have to be passed:

A- Artistic Admission Examination (Music and Dance)

Examination requirements artistic (music): Two pieces of different epochs and characters of at least medium difficulty with a duration of 5-10 minutes on the instrument/vocal must be prepared. Furthermore, an improvisation task on the instrument or with the voice is to be solved, which is set ad hoc by the commission (preparation time approx. 10 minutes). This is followed by a short reflection on the artistic presentation and an oral statement on an anticipation of future study design in the field of music in the pedagogical and transdisciplinary context.

Examination requirements artistic (dance): Participation in a dance technique class (contemporary), examination in a group under the guidance of a teacher with, among others, the following elements: Guided warm up, implementation of more complex given movement material in place and through space, rhythmic exercises, contact and spatial orientation exercises, variation and interpretation of movement material and improvisation. (Duration approx. 45-60 minutes.) Performance of a prepared, individually designed movement/dance study on a freely chosen theme, possibly in the form of a structured improvisation. The study can be designed with or without music and/or include other elements (text, image, object, etc.) that support or sustain the performance. (Duration: minimum 3 to maximum 5 minutes.) This is followed by a short reflection talk on the intention, process and sources of the movement material, its stylistic location, if necessary a spontaneous task on what has been shown and an oral statement on an anticipation of future study design in the field of dance in a pedagogical and transdisciplinary context.

B - Academic entrance examination

Examination requirements: On site, the candidates receive selected text excerpts on theory formation in elemental music and dance education as well as related fields. Based on this, they have to develop ideas for a possible research (questions, theoretical contextualisation, relevance for EMTP), present them in writing and explain them orally (e.g. in the context of a discussion) (approx. 10-15 minutes).

C - Pedagogical-practical entrance examination

Examination requirements: Interdisciplinary teaching practice in the form of a teaching sample (approx. 15 minutes) followed by a reflection discussion (approx. 10-15 minutes). Based on an impulse material (e.g. text) provided on site, the applicants are to design an interdisciplinary process (focus on music, dance, language) ad hoc with a group (students or applicants) and outline a plan for a further teaching unit

D - German language skills

  • Required language level: at least B2 (Common European Framework of Reference CEFR 2001)
  • Information on the German examination as well as the recognised certificates can be found HERE

After passing Partial Examination A, you will be admitted to Partial Examinations B-D (possibly in a different order). The repetition of the sub-examinations A-C in case of failure is not permitted. The admission examination can only be repeated in its entirety and only in the next academic year. The admission examination can be repeated an unlimited number of times.

Dates & time schedule

The dates of the admission examination as well as important deadlines can be found in the current schedule.

Time schedule:

  • Examination registration during the application period online via the registration portal for university applicants
    (ATTENTION: Registration only possible if documents are complete, including video!)
  • If the application video is positive: Invitation to the on-site entrance examination
  • Participation in the on-site admission test in May/June
  • if you pass the admission test: invitation to enrol for the degree programme
  • Enrolment during the general admission period

Deviating examination method

Please note that the University Mozarteum Salzburg offers various support options for the admission examination and during your studies if you have a disability or a chronic illness.

If this applies to you and you would like to take advantage of counselling, please contact Claudia Haitzmann: claudia.haitzmann@moz.ac.at or +43 676 88122 337.

Students of the Master's programme are recommended to complete a semester abroad. Semesters 2 and 3 of the degree programme are particularly suitable for this. In addition to the subject-specific competences, the following qualifications can be acquired through a study period abroad:

  • Acquisition and deepening of subject-specific foreign language skills
  • Acquisition and deepening of general language skills (language comprehension, conversation, etc.)
  • Acquisition and deepening of organisational skills through independent planning of everyday study life in international administrative and university structures
  • Getting to know and studying in international study systems and broadening one's own subject perspective
  • Acquisition and deepening of intercultural competences

The recognition of examinations taken during studies abroad as compulsory subjects, elective subjects or free elective subjects is carried out by the Director of Studies. The documents required for the assessment are to be submitted by the applicant immediately after the stay abroad.

Details at International Affairs

The Master's examination (= the Master's degree) consists of the following parts:

  • Positive completion of the courses and examinations of all modules - the detailed description of the respective module completions is laid down in the module descriptions (Curriculum, Annex 3).
  • Preparation of a scientific Master's thesis (Curriculum, § 8)
  • Final Module Examination Colloquium Master's Thesis
  • Commissioned final module examination Project presentation: Implementation and presentation of a project within the scope of module 6 (project module/Master's thesis)



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