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Study description

The study Creative Musicianship combines artistic education with various other creative areas (e.g. music performance, music production, music management, songwriting, multimedia, etc.). Additional lectures covering theory, musicology, entertainment law and business management provide the student with a comprehensive training to become a creative musician. The content not only covers practical applications in modern music but also studio technology, music performance as well as vocal or instrumental tuition in diverse contexts and settings - for example, cooperation with songwriters, performing artists, actors, dancers, filmmakers, producers, as well as marketing activities. Project oriented cooperation with students from other studies (e.g. Music Production and Music Business) is an integral part of the Creative Musicianship study and not only allows students to put their acquired knowledge into practise but also to develop themselves through being part of a community of creative musicians.


Study focus

- Imparting of instrumental, vocal and compositional music practises;

- Learning of practical artistic vocal or instrumental skills;

- Creative project development and the musical realisation;

- Acquisition of performing and improvisational skills;

- Development of technique, rhythm and phrasing;

- Realisation of melodic and harmonic possibilities;

- Examination of creative identity, music theory and reharmonisation;

- Learning of the fundamental and advanced rules of composition and arrangement;

- Engagement in music theoretical and musicological areas;

- Training of the musical ear and of acoustics;

- Examination of entertainment law, management and marketing;

- Mechanisms and business strategies of the music and entertainment industry;

- Development of a repertoire with a focus on the creative musical realisationg;

- Development of an individual and comprehensive artistic personality;


Study details

Study commencement: September (cross-entry in February possible)

Study duration: 6 semesters

ECTS: 240

Credit for previous studies: Study programs and/or courses previously completed at officially recognised institutions can be accredited for study at the VMI. The minimum study duration is reduced accordingly.

Requirements: Musical experience and knowledge of music theory as well a timely online registration and passing the entrance exam (audition). Applicants from non-EU countries must have a valid visa. This can be applied for the relevant consulate upon passing the entrance exam.

Tutors: All courses are conducted by professional and internationally active musicians and experienced educators as well as specialists from the creative industry, studio technology, musicology music management and marketing.

Curriculum: Study plan

Grants and scholarships: VMI students who satisfy the necessary legal requirements may be entitled to family benefit, student grants and scholarships. Further information regarding this matter can be attained from our office.

Graduation: The study is completed with the final diploma exam. The certificates and diplomas issued by the VMI are equivalent to those from state institutes of higher education and are internationally recognised.

Study fees:

€120 once-only enrolment fee

€290 monthly tuition fee


Study registration

Online registration

for the entrance exam is free, non-binding and possible at any time. Auditions serve to assess whether practical and theoretical skills are sufficient for the chosen study. Should the applicant not satisfy the criteria, or another study is found to be more appropriate (regardless of the study chosen in the online application), an alternative offer can be made. The entrance exams generally take place at the following times:

- For the winter semester (beginning of studies in September): May / June

- For the summer semester (beginning of studies in February): November / December

Alternative appointments can also be arranged.


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