Bachelor Instrumental Studies
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In the bachelor's degree program in oboe, students focus on the fundamentals of breathing, posture, finger technique, tone production, vibrato, and articulation, among others, in addition to developing their advanced skills and musicality and literature for the instrument.

General information

The study program is oriented both to the current state of development and development of the arts and to the state of research in the sciences involved. The goal of the instrumental studies is the practice-oriented and scientifically founded professional preparation for the following fields that are offered to the students:

  • Soloist
  • 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 bachelor's degree programme instrumental at the Mozarteum University are artistic maturity and independence, the ability to reflect critically and evaluate oneself, artistic and scientific ability to develop musical works of art from all epochs, the ability to pursue a profession and the ability to fulfil artistic, pedagogical and organisational tasks within cultural life.

The curriculum is competence-oriented. After completing the Bachelor's programme, students should:

  • be able to master their instrument and present themselves professionally
  • be free and independent in their artistic work
  • be able to deal critically with artistic and scientific issues
  • be able to play 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
  • have acquired comprehensive knowledge of various playing techniques
  • have acquired comprehensive knowledge of the orchestral literature and mastery of the relevant orchestral parts and the solo and chamber music literature of various epochs
  • have basic knowledge of stylistics and repertoire
  • have gained insight into the literature and performance practice of early and contemporary music
  • have acquired comprehensive knowledge of music theory and musicology and are able to apply this in practice
  • have mastered the basics of academic work and are able to analyse, interpret and write up artistic content in a well-founded manner
  • be able to use audiovisual media for self-presentations (such as 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 consolidation in the context of (free) electives

The eight-semester bachelor's degree programme is modular in 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 Bachelor'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.

The curriculum provides an overview of the courses to be completed, which are grouped into module groups.

The courses are visible online in Curriculum Support:

Link to the semester schedule

The prerequisite for taking up a bachelor's degree (BA) is passing the admission test. This is offered once a year and consists of various partial exams. All information about the admission test can be found under “Information about the admission process” further down on the page.

Matura/Abitur is not necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: You can only apply for studies for which you have not yet obtained a degree!

Students of the Bachelor's programme are recommended to complete a semester abroad. Semesters 5 and 6 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 as well as 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.

Information on the admission process

The prerequisite for admission to a Bachelor's degree programme (BA) is passing the entrance examination. For this, an online application is first required, in which an application video must also be submitted. If the application video is assessed positively, you will be invited to the admission examination.


  • The assessment of the application video takes place after the application deadline and can take 4-6 weeks!
  • You can only apply for studies for which you have not yet obtained a degree!

On the basis of the videos sent in, a pre-selection will be made by the examination board. The selected applicants are invited to the on-site admission test, which consists of several sub-tests.

Registration takes place via the application portal [Link].
You must first create an application account there. Please note that the automatic email to activate the account can often be found in the spam folder. So please check whether you received the email there. If you still have problems activating your account, please contact studieninfo@moz.ac.at

Please make sure that you can be reached at the email address entered in your profile throughout the entire application process. If there are any changes, please update your profile yourself.

A pre-selection will be made by the examination board on the basis of the videos sent in.
Content of the video:

  • Three works from different stylistic periods, one of them from the Baroque period (each from the examination programme BA Oboe, see sub-examination A).
  • The video should contain slow, sustained passages as well as fast, virtuoso elements. Individual movements as well as parts of individual movements can be played.

The length of the recording should be approx. 15 minutes.
Important information about the video upload can be found HERE, as well as the data protection information. The guidelines mentioned there are to be observed urgently!

The programme submitted must in principle contain representative pieces from several styles or epochs for the respective instrument, taking into account the technical and stylistic diversity. The following works are to be prepared:

  • Three works from different epochs, one of them from the Baroque/Early Classical period (e.g. sonatas by Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi, Platti, C.P.E. Bach, Th. Vincent, etc.) or concertos (e.g. C.P.E. Bach, J.S. Bach, J.Chr. Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Albinoni, Couperin, etc.).

Examination of basic knowledge of general music theory (written and oral) including an aural test.

Requirements in the written part of the examination (approx. 60 minutes):

  • Notation of melodies from memory
  • Continuation of given melodies
  • Finding a melody to a given text
  • Noting down one-part and easy two-part melodic dictations as well as rhythmic dictations
  • Forming all triads and seventh chords including inversions (especially subdominant-quintessential and dominant-seventh chord)
  • Recognising and writing down simple figured basses as well as harmony functions and harmony steps in a musical context.

Requirements in the oral part of the examination (5-10 minutes):

  • sight-reading
  • Listening to and naming intervals and simple chord progressions
  • Singing triads (in inversions) and dominant seventh chords (in root position only)
  • Listening to harmonic steps and dissonant secondary notes
  • Extended cadence in major and minor in two different keys (on piano or guitar)

You can find an example of the exam as well as further help for preparation HERE.

Audition lasting approx. 10 minutes. The programme has to consist of two pieces of different styles in the degree of difficulty from:

  • J.S. Bach: Notebook for Anna Magdalena
  • J. Haydn: Sonatas in C major, G major or F major (HOB: XVI: 7, 8 and 9)
  • R. Schumann: Album for the Youth, Op. 68

All applicants whose first language is not German must proof their German skills until the time of enrolment at the latest.

  • required language level: at least A2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages GER 2001)
  • Information about the German exam and the recognized certificates can be found HERE

The dates for 2024 will be published at the beginning of the year.

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.

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

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 oder +43 676 88122 337.

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