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Bachelor IGP Innsbruck
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The bachelor's degree program in instrumental & vocal pedagogy serves as a preliminary artistic, pedagogical and scientific education. Accordingly, the aim of the study is the acquisition of differentiated artistic, pedagogical and scientific competences for the teaching of music in diverse manifestations. With the successful completion of the study, the teaching qualification for Austrian music schools is granted in the respective central artistic subject (ZKF) as well as in the respective elective module (focus).

General study information

The degree program qualifies students to teach music in music schools, in cooperation with general education schools, as freelancers, and at universities, colleges, and other post-secondary educational institutions. In addition, it opens up many other fields of music pedagogy and music practice related to this field.

These include solo music-making, ensemble and orchestral music-making, scientific and music-theoretical research, music management, and music education in the fields of music theater, concert, press, publishing, and media.

The Bachelor's programme Instrumental & Vocal Pedagogy is divided into the following artistic, pedagogical and scientific module groups:

  • Central Artistic Subject (ZKF)
  • Artistic profile of the ZKF, compulsory subject piano
  • Piano/guitar/harp practical course
  • Chamber music/ensemble
  • Music pedagogy/subject didactics
  • Physical and language training
  • Music theory
  • Musicology
  • Musical group subjects
  • Compulsory elective module (focus), free electives
  • Bachelor thesis

Within the framework of the compulsory elective modules (focal points), various profiles are offered, of which each student must complete at least one.

With the successful completion of the degree, the teaching qualification for Austrian music schools is granted in the respective central artistic subject (ZKF) as well as in the respective compulsory elective module (focus). In addition, a teaching qualification for music and movement for the elementary and basic level at music schools can be acquired with the completion of the respective compulsory elective module (focus).

The Bachelor's examination (= the Bachelor's degree) consists of the positive completion of the courses and examinations of all modules as well as the preparation of a Bachelor's thesis. The examinations conducted by the examinations board include an artistic examination in ZKF at the end of the 4th and at the end of the 8th semester, an artistic examination in piano (compulsory subject) at the end of the 4th semester (depending on the chosen ZKF), an examination in instrumental and vocal pedagogy usually at the end of the 8th semester, an examination in subject didactics/teaching practice of ZKF usually at the end of the 7th semester as well as examinations in the chosen compulsory elective module (focus), if applicable.

Link to the semester plan (choose study & instrument independently)

Registration for the entrance examination is done via the registration portal for applicants.

Registration may only take place at one study location, Salzburg or Innsbruck. Double registration at both study locations is not permitted and will be cancelled.

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, if applicable

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 entrance examination for the Bachelor's degree programme Instrumental & Vocal Pedagogy consists of partial examinations in the following areas:

  1. Central artistic subject (respective instrument/vocals)
  2. Compulsory subject piano in the profiles wind, percussion & string instruments, voice, guitar, harp, folk music instruments (not for ZKF piano, ZKF harpsichord)
  3. Music theory and aural training (written and oral part of the examination)
  4. Music pedagogy (communicative music pedagogical skills)
  5. If applicable, supplementary examination in German (level B2, Common European Framework of Reference CEFR 2001) for pupils whose first language is not German, by presenting a certificate or other proof or by means of an assessment examination.

The examination requirements are regulated in the implementation guidelines, information on the German certificates can be found HERE.
Material to prepare for the examination in music theory and aural training can be found HERE.

Link to the registration deadlines
Link to the examination dates

The entrance examinations in the Central Artistic Subject (ZKF) are held for some instruments together with the entrance examination in the Instrumental Studies. Please note the dates outside the date of the IGP admission examinations. All other partial examinations take place on the announced examination date.

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