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Study description

The focus of the teaching qualification (IPG study) is the state-approved qualification as an instrumental or vocal educator. Alongside weekly private lessons in the relevant main subjects (vocal/instrumental) and participation in the numerous stylistically contrasting ensembles, particular focus is put on the teaching experience of the music educators. Various theoretical, practical and pedagogical supplementary subjects make the instrumental and vocal education studies (IGP) a comprehensive and practical training leading to a state-approved teaching qualification. The VMI teaching study qualifies the graduate to teach at different educational institutions (music schools, secondary schools, colleges and conservatories, etc) and to progress on to a master study.


Study profile

The VMI Teaching Qualification presents a practically oriented training to become an officially state-recognised vocal or instrumental teacher. A particularly significant aspect is the furthering of teaching experience and is provided through various practical, theoretical and pedagogical subjects and activities. Weekly individual lessons in the chosen instrument (major) further develop musical knowledge and skills.


Study focus

- Learning of vocal and instrumental skills;

- Imparting of knowledge in pedagogy and musical psychology;

- Development of technique, rhythm and phrasing;

- Acquisition of a solid foundation music theory;

- Training of the musical ear;

- Examination of diverse musical forms and structures;

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

- Gathering of practically oriented teaching experience;

- Development of both a standard repertoire and an individual concert programme;

- Training of stage presence and performance;

- Development of an individual and comprehensively training artistic personality;


Study details

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

Study duration: 8 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

€310 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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