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Study description

The 3 year diploma study for songwriters or singer/songwriters offers a combination of vocal, instrumental and compositional studies. Alongside weekly private lessons in creative songwriting, this education also includes instrumental, vocal and compositional courses as well as a series of practical and theoretical supplementary lessons, e.g. showcase or stage performance training so that the students become competent in both artistic/concertante and compositional (e.g. film music) areas.


Study profile

The main study for songwriters is called  Creative Songwriting. The focus is on creating songs with professional and internationally active singer/songwriters. In addition, students are coached via Vocal Training covering various techniques, and  receive   Instrumental Tuition (piano or guitar). Various lessons are also planned to cover harmonic and compositional principles such as: Harmony, Music Theory in Practise, Composition and Arrangement, Media Composition  and Film Music and Computer-Based Composition. In order to be get essential information about working in management and studio situations, lessons such as:  Self-Management and Music Law, Sound Technology Basics , Microphone and Recording Techniques, Effects in the Studio and Live,  and Mixing and Mastering also form part of the study. The practical aspect of bringing the songs to the stage takes place through special coaching, e.g. Showcase and Stage Performance Training as well as numerous other workshops and concerts.


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 songwriters, 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

€395 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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