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Study description

In 2010, the VMI became the first institute to introduce its own study for compositional pedagogy. The study combines creative/compositional areas with pedagogical competences and following 8 semesters of study ends with a state-approved qualification as a composition educator. The emphasis lies in the artistic and pedagogical areas and leads to an advanced level of education to enable the student to teach at music conservatories, academies and universities, etc. Alongside weekly private instruction in composition and the practical implementation of learned techniques within composer ensembles, various theoretical, practical and pedagogical supplementary subjects are included to guarantee a comprehensive education.




Study commencement: February and September

Study duration: 8 semesters

ECTS: 252

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: Playing experience, knowledge of musc theory as well passing the entrance exam. Applicants from non-EU countries must have a vilad visa. This can be applied for the relevant consulate upon passing the entrance exam.

Grants and scholarships: Students at the VMI are entitled to family benefit, student grants and scholarships in accordance with legal requirements. Further information regarding this matter can be attained from our office.

Graduation: The study is completed with the final exam - an individual performance program, taking place as part of a public concert. After successfully passing this exam, students receive their officially recognised certificates and diplomas.

Study fees:

€120 once-only enrolment fee

€318 monthly tuition fee







Online registration for entrance exams is possible at any time and is free and non-binding. Entrance exams serve to evaluate the applicant's current practical and theoretical knowledge in order to establish whether this is sufficient for a study at the VMI-Vienna Music Institute.

Following online registration, entrance exam applicants are informed of exam dates via e-mail. The main entrance exam dates are as follows:

- For study commencement in September: May and June

- For study commencement in February: November and December

Alternative dates may be offered subject to availability.

Details about entrance exam

On-line registration


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