The programme Music Education - Voice and Instruments (IGP) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz combines a high artistic level with a profound knowledge about aesthetic, psychological, pedagogical and technical processes when learning and teaching music. The goal of this programme is to educate the students to artistic personalities, who can react flexibly, constructively and creatively to the dynamic development of their professional field. To support personal strengths and interests, students can individually choose their study focus.
Instrument and music educators need a high level of communicative and creative skills to introduce different target groups in the diverse fields of activity to the multidimensionality of music and to teach making music in a diverse and healthy way.
Courses are held at the following institute(s):
Institute 5 Music Education
Institute 2 Piano
Institute 3 Strings
Institute 4 Wind and Percussion Instruments
Institute 6 Church Music and Organ
Institute 7 Voice, Lied and Oratorio
Institute 15 Early Music and Performance Practice
Institute 12 Oberschützen
- Candidates must be at least 17 years old
- Passing of an entrance exam
- Proof of German language competency Level B2/CEFR (if German language is not your mother tongue)
See infobox for the required German language competency for studies at application!
Admission Test in Aural Skills and Music Theory
a) Aural Test
b) Music Theory Test
c) Voice and Rhythm Test (Practical Part)
Here you can find a sample test (in German language only).
If you are already a student of an instrumental/vocal Bachelor's Programme at KUG, you may be exempted from this part.
a) Proof of your artistic-creativity and artistic-communication skills through:
- Submission of a covering letter, which describes your personal motivation for the Degree Programme and the preferred career (length: 1-2 pages in A4, font: Arial, font size: 12, line pitch: 1.5) in the course of your online application
- An interview with the examination board (about 20 min.), which may look like this - depending on the selected modules (singing, instrumental, speaking):
- You may be asked about how your day was while the examination board "interjects" several words, which you will have to incorporate into the story spontaneously.
- A well-known children's song or folk song should be sung with various (basic-)emotions and should be varied accordingly.
- You may be asked to present your own biography in form of a song/rap/opera recitative.
- You may be asked to improvise a soundstory.
- You may receive 10-12 words / terms in advance and then you may be asked to create a story out of it.
Furthermore, you will be asked about your study motivation and your preferred career (according to your covering letter).
Here you can find further information about the exam of artistic-creativity and artistic-communication skills (in German language only).
Even if you are already a student of an instrumental/vocal Bachelor's Programme at KUG, you would have to pass this part.
b) Proof of your piano skills (does not apply to major artistic subject piano, harpsichord, accordion, guitar):
Three works from different stylistic periods, cadences in major and minor, play of a bass part to a pre-played music, variations based on familiar songs (e.g. children's songs), etc. Here you can find the detailed requirements.
>>> Instruction for the excercise examples (in German language only)
Even if you are already a student of an instrumental/vocal Bachelor's Programme at KUG, you would have to pass this part (exception: see above).
The successful completion of all these parts of the entrance exam is a prerequisite for the participation in the instrumental or vocal entrance exam:
c) Instrumental/Vocal Exam (major artistic subject) done by an examination board
Here you can find the entrance exam requirements as well as recommendations of pieces of music, which reflect the required level of difficulty (only available in German language).
In case you need an accompanist, you have to bring the appropriate music score with you to the entrance exam.
If you are already a student of an instrumental/vocal Bachelor's Programme at KUG (in the same major artistic subject or if the completion of a Bachelor's Programme in the same major artistic subject is no longer than 2 years ago), you may be exempted of this part.