Education and Training


Music education is offered from one to two hours a week at secondary school level. There are 135 primary schools, approx. 125 new music secondary schools3, 20 secondary academic schools which offer an extended music education, and 8 specialised secondary academic schools with a focus on music in their educational programmes. In an all-European comparison, Austria is leading in this field.4

In addition to the large number of creators, the number of pupils attending music schools is probably a second  feature unique to Austria. Some 11% of all Austrians aged 5-25 years (excluding private tuition) attend music education at approx. 370 publicly funded music schools at 2,000 locations. The preferred instruments are still the piano, slightly ahead of guitar, both of which account for almost one fourth of all lessons offered.4

An interesting detail: 86% of all Austrians believe that every child should learn an instrument.5

You can study music at five music universities in Austria. These universities all report a high percentage of foreign students, attributable largely to Austria’s reputation as a country of classical music.

Info page http://www.musicaustria.at/praxiswissen/musikausbildung/


3 Email from Verein zur Förderung der österreichischen Musikvolksschulen

4 Email from Konferenz der österreichischen Musikschulwerke (KOMU)

5 Michael Huber, Wozu Musik. Musikalische Verhaltensweisen, Vorlieben und Einstellungen der Österreicher/innen, Wien, Institut für Musiksoziologie, 2010, S.55


p. 55, Department of Music Sociology, mdw 2010

6 Harald Huber, Austrian Report on Musical Diversity. Österreichischer Bericht zur musikalischen Vielfalt 2000-2010, mdw 2012, p.7

7 Michael Huber, Wozu Musik. Musikalische Verhaltensweisen, Vorlieben und Einstellungen der Österreicher/innen, Vienna, mdw Department of Music Sociology 2010, p. 55