Univ.-Prof. for Historical Performance Practice
Historical performance practice
Acquisition of refined practical performance experience in the elaboration and presentation of early music works, oriented to the current state of research in historical performance practice: students deepen and broaden their knowledge and skills in the interpretation of Baroque, Classical and Romantic music on their instruments and in singing, in keeping with the style.
Length of study
4 semesters / 120 ECTS-AP
from February each year
to the dates
summer semester each year
to the dates
Study & Occupational Fields
The focus is on practice-oriented deepening and supplementing of the scientific and artistic professional preparation on the basis of subject-related Bachelor studies. The instrumental study program qualifies students for the following professional fields:
- Chamber musician
- Orchestra musician (for example in chamber, opera and symphony orchestras, orchestras and ensembles for contemporary music, orchestras and ensembles for historical instruments)
- Freelance artist
The goals of the Master's program Historical Performance Practice at the Mozarteum University are artistic maturity and independence, ability for critical reflection and self-evaluation, artistic and scientific ability to develop musical works of art of all epochs, ability to practice professionally as well as ability to fulfill artistic, pedagogical and organizational tasks within cultural life.
The curriculum is competency-based. Students should, upon completion of the master's program:
- Be able to master their instrument at the highest level and present themselves professionally
- Be free and independent in their artistic work
- Be able to deal critically with artistic and scientific questions
- Be able to make music professionally in an orchestra/ensemble
- Be able to contribute to the work in a chamber music formation or ensemble in an artistically constructive way with team spirit solo and chamber music literature of various epochs
- Have acquired in-depth knowledge of various playing techniques
- Have acquired in-depth knowledge of orchestral literature and mastery of the relevant orchestral parts
- Have acquired in-depth knowledge and mastery of the solo and chamber music literature of various epochs
- Have in-depth knowledge of stylistics and repertoire
- Have mastered scientific working techniques and be able to analyse, interpret and elaborate artistic content in writing in a well-founded manner
- Be able to use audiovisual media for self-presentation (competition submissions, demo recordings, internet presentations etc.)
- Have gained insights into the areas of physical and mental health maintenance, self-management and optimisation of performance
- Have further developed their individual interests in the sense of lifelong learning beyond their own subject area through targeted in-depth study within the framework of (free) electives
The four-semester Master's program Historical Performance Practice has a modular structure. A module is the combination of teaching and learning content into thematically and didactically meaningful units of study. The names 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. Prerequisite for enrollment in courses from the ZKF or KE in each semester - with the exception of the first - is a positive evaluation of the previous semester.
Admission to the Master's program Historical Performance Practice requires the completion of a subject-related Bachelor's degree (BA) or another equivalent degree at a recognized Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution (e.g. university, college) (§ 64 Abs. 3 UG 2002).
The prerequisite for admission to the program is also the successful completion of the admission examination. For this, an online application is first required, 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 documents of the preliminary studies 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 registration
- Degree certificate of a relevant study program, if the study program has already been completed
- Current confirmation of enrollment, if the study program has not yet been completed (the certificate must be submitted by the time of enrollment!)
- Overview of subjects and grades (Transcript of Records) of the Bachelor studies
- 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 and diploma studies must also be uploaded.
Form of 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 be submitted as well.
Within the admission examination the following partial examinations have to be passed:
A - Instrumental audition to determine artistic aptitude
The determination of the artistic aptitude takes place in a practical and theoretical examination.
- Practical part: Exemplary rehearsal work with an instrumental or vocal soloist on the basis of two works of different styles, during which parameters of historical performance practice are discussed.
- Theoretical part: An interview with the examination board takes place, in which knowledge of the history and repertoire is requested and basic theories of historical performance practice are discussed.
B - German language proficiency
- Language skills required level: at least A2 (Common European Framework of Reference GER 2001)
- Information on the German exam as well as the recognized proofs can be found HERE
Dates & time schedule
The dates of the entrance exam as well as important deadlines can be found in the current schedule.
- Registration for the examination during the application period online via the registration portal for applicants
(ATTENTION: Registration only possible if documents are complete!)
- if documents are positively checked: Invitation to the admission examination on site
- Participation in the admission examination on site in May/June
- if admission examination is passed: Invitation to enroll in the study program
- Enrollment 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 the study program if you have a disability or a chronic illness.
Students of the Master's program are recommended to complete a semester abroad. Semesters 2 and 3 of the program are particularly suitable for this. In addition to the subject-specific competencies, 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 organizational skills through independent planning of everyday study in international administrative and university structures
- Getting to know and studying in international study systems as well as broadening one's own subject perspective
- Acquisition and deepening of intercultural skills
Recognition of examinations completed during study abroad as a compulsory subject, elective subject or free elective subject 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 can be found at International.