Erik Esterbauer, Asst.-Prof. Mag.phil. Dr.rer.nat. MA

  • Frohnburgweg 55/II (Room: C02047)
  • 5020 Salzburg

Erik Esterbauer studied Psychology at the Universities of Salzburg and Vienna with postgraduate training as a clinical, health and neuropsychologist. At the same time, he completed studies in “Tonsatz” and composition at the Vienna Conservatory (now Music and Arts Private University of the City of Vienna). He received his doctorate in natural sciences (psychology) at the University of Salzburg with an investigation on the relationship between stress coping and physiological risk factors for stroke, for which he received a research award from the Sozialforum Österreichisches Hilfswerk. In 2009 he expanded his artistic-pedagogical skills by completing his master's degree in elemental music and movement education at the Orff Institute of the Mozarteum University Salzburg.


Erik Esterbauer worked for 20 years as a Clinical Psychologist at the Center for Socially Integrative Development and Learning Support (Zentrum ELF) in Salzburg and as a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant to the Department Head in the department " Psychosocial Rehabilitation" at the Mobiler Hilfsdienst GmbH, Salzburg (now Volkshilfe Salzburg ). He also worked as a clinical psychologist and research associate specializing in neuropsychology at the Christian Doppler Clinic Salzburg.


In 2016 he started working as a university assistant (Post-doc) at the Department of Music Education and since 2017 he is Assistant Professor at the Department of Elemental Music and Dance Education - Orff-Institute with focus on "Music and Dance in Inclusion and Diversity".



• Psychological questions in the field of music and movement pedagogy

• Inclusive pedagogy

• Creative processes in social work

• Music and Dance in Diversity

• since 2016 Research project at the Orff Institute
  "Assessment of the quality of relationship in inclusive music lessons"



Section Music and Dance in Inclusion and Diversity (MDID), Orff Institute

Section Pedagogy, Orff Institute

Section Theory, Orff Institute

Research Platform Music Education

School of Music and Arts Education (SOMA)

Workgroup Inclusion and Diversity (AGID)

Workgroup Digitization

Curriculum board Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy

Works council (substitute member)

Workgroup Student Selection Procedure Teacher's Profession Cluster Mitte


International Society of Music Education, ISME (Commissioner for Special Music Education and Music Therapy)

European Association for Music in Schools, EAS

Working Group Music Pedagogical Research Germany, AMPF

Music Education Research Austria, MFÖ

International Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg, IOSFS

Interest Group Music Inclusive Austria, IGMI



List of publications