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UNIVERSITÄT MOZARTEUM, SALZBURG Orff Institute for Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy






Street Address:

University Mozarteum: Mirabell Square 1, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria

Postal Address:

Orff: Frohnburgweg 55, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria


+43 662 6198 3309


Undergraduate program


Bachelor of Arts. University music studies include instrumental and vocal performance, composition, theory, choral conducting, instrumental music education, elemental music and dance pedagogy (offered through the Orff Institute).


Graduate program


Master of Arts. In performance - solo, early music, opera and musical theatre, historical performance practice, choral and wind orchestra conducting, composition, theory, music and dance pedagogy (offered through the Orff Institute). Master of Education. In secondary music. Doctor of Philosophy.


Other programs


Programs in instrumental performance and composition are offered at pre-college level.

Institution Notes:

The Mozarteum University on Mirabellplatz 1 can trace its history back to 1841 and following a number of changes, eventually was granted the name of Mozarteum Universität Salzburg. It offers programs in performance, conducting, composition, theory, musicology, music pedagogy, and opera and music theatre. There are Institutes for early music, encouragement of talented students, new music, chamber music. Mozart interpretation, history of musical interpretation and the Orff Institute. The Orff Institute for Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy, affiliated with the Mozarteum Art University, was founded in 1961 by Carl Orff as a central seminar for his ‘Schulwerk’ concerning elemental music and dance education. In addition to presenting the program of elemental music and dance pedagogy for students of the University, it organises short in-service training programs on music and movement pedagogy for practising teachers. There are 'trial days' during the year when interested young people can participate in workshops and briefing sessions to decide whether to enrol in the professional courses. The Institute is sponsored by the Orff Schulwerk Forum which maintains contact and exchange with Orff Schulwerk Associations around the world, and with the financial support of the Carl Orff Foundation.

Country Notes:

TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS. Higher music education in Austria is provided by conservatories and universities. Most regions of Austria have a conservatory which offers music (and sometimes dance) training to young children and interested adults. Conservatories also provide full-time professional training programs leading to the award of a Diploma of Music (the equivalent in status to a university degree), normally following a four-year course. HIGHER DEGREES IN MUSIC. • There are three music institutions - in Graz, Salzburg and Vienna - offering advanced training which may lead to the higher degree of Magister Artium (Master of Arts) following a total of eight years of study. Four universities have departments of musicology and music research - those at Graz, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna. These may award the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) on a music topic after two further years of study and submission of a dissertation. They also publish musicological journals. • Institutes, frequently housed at universities are semi-independent divisions sometimes attached to specific departments. They are not teaching units but undertake research in particular areas and issue regular publications. Many Austrian music schools are members of the Austrian Konferenz der Österreichischen Musikschulwerke, which itself is a member of the European Music Schools Union (EMU) with headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands. Email: THE AUSTRIAN MUSIC INFORMATION CENTRE (MICA). This Centre provides information on music activities and organisations in Austria, with details of music resources for music students, performers, composers and music teachers, and information about the musical heritage of the country. Stiftgasse 29, Vienna AT-1070, Austria. Tel +43 1 521 040 Fax +43 1 521 0459 Website: The Austrian Music Information Centre is a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres.

Last Updated:

March 2019