Percussion instruments

Master Instrumental Studies
The Sir Ian Stoutzker Prize 2022

In the master's program in percussion instruments, students refine their fundamental playing style, work on their own open sound and on a fluent and balanced technique. Numerous performance opportunities, participation in orchestral or chamber music projects and new music ensembles offer the optimal teaching of all skills for diverse career prospects.

General information

The focus is on practice-oriented deepening and supplementing of the scientific and artistic professional preparation on the basis of subject-related Bachelor's studies. The instrumental study programme qualifies students for professional practice in the following fields:

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

  • master their instrument at the highest level and be able to present themselves professionally
  • be free and independent in their artistic work
  • be able to deal critically with artistic and scientific issues
  • be able to perform 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 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 consolidation in the context of (free) electives

The four-semester master's program 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 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.

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

Admission to a master's program requires the completion of a relevant bachelor's degree (BA) or another equivalent degree at a recognized domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution (e.g. university, college) (§ 64 Para. 3 UG 2002).

A prerequisite for starting the course is also passing the admission test. This is offered once a year and consists of an instrumental audition and, if necessary, proof of German language skills. All information about the admission test can be found under “Information on the admission process” further down on the page.

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

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 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

Admission to an instrumental Master's program requires the completion of a relevant bachelor's degree (BA) or another equivalent degree at a recognized domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution (e.g. university, college) (§ 64 Para. 3 UG 2002).

A prerequisite for starting the course is also passing the admission test. To do this, you must first register online and upload the necessary documents and an application video. An invitation to take the admission test will only be sent after the completed documents have been checked and the application video has been positively assessed.


  • Reviewing the pre-study documents and evaluation of the video can take up to 6 weeks! Early registration is therefore recommended.
  • You can only apply for studies for which you have not yet obtained a degree!

The examination committee will make a selection based on the application videos submitted. The selected applicants will be invited to the on-site admission test. This consists of an instrumental audition and, if necessary, a test of German language skills.

The following documents must be uploaded in the online application form:

  • BA certificate or degree certificate of a relevant degree programme, if the degree programme has already been completed
  • 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 degree 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.
  • Application video

Form of the documents

  • The documents can be uploaded as PDF in the application form, the video will be entered as a link.
  • If the documents mentioned are not available in German or English, an official translation must be submitted.
    Please note: If you pass the admission test and receive a place at university, the documents must meet the certification requirements at the time of enrolment at the latest.

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

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:

  • Works of own choice from the examination programme MA Percussion Instruments (see sub-examination A). 
    Four sections are to be selected from the following: Marimba, timpani, vibraphone, set-up, classical snare drum, rudiments, orchestral positions.

Note: A different programme must be chosen for the on-site audition (subtest A)

Important information on video uploads can be found HERE, as well as the data protection information. The guidelines mentioned there are to be observed urgently!

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

  • Snare drum:
    Classical: A. Masson: Prim or Kim, D. Heslink: Theme and Variations, A. Gerassimez: Asventuras
    Rudimental: M. Grubinger: Planet Rudiment
  • Staff Instruments:
    Marimba: N. Rosauro: Concerto Suite, N. Zivkovic: Ilyas, 
    Vibraphone: D. Friedman: Texas Hoedown, J. Courtidux: Blues de Travail
  • Timpani: X. Joaquin: 3 scenes for 4 timpani, P. Sadlo: Cadenza for 8 timpani
  • Multipercussion: K. Volans: She who sleeps with a small blanket, C. Cangelosi: Sick 6erpent
  • Solo concertos: N. Rosauro: Concerto for Marimba I, D. Milhaud: Concerto pour marimba e vibraphone, J. Mc Millan: Veni, veni Emanuel, Percussion Concerto II

All applicants whose first language is not German must proof their German skills until the end of the 2nd semester.

  • required language level: at least A2 until the end of the 2nd semester (Common European Framework of Reference CEFR 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.

  • 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: oder +43 676 88122 337.

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