Education and Training
Music education is offered at one to two hours a week at secondary level. There are 130 primary schools, 100 secondary general schools, 20 secondary academic schools with an extended music education offer, 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.
In addition to the large number of creators, the number of pupils attending music schools is probably a second unique feature in Austria. Some 10% of all Austrians aged 5-24 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 the guitar, both accounting for almost one fourth of all lessons offered.4
You can study music at 5 Universities of Music in Austria. Characteristically, these universities all report a high share of foreign students, attributable largely to Austria’s reputation as a country of classical music.
3 Michael Huber, Wozu Musik. Musikalische Verhaltensweisen, Vorlieben und Einstellungen der Österreicher/innen, Wien, mdw, Institut für Musiksoziologie 2010, p. 55, Department of Music Sociology, mdw 2010
4 Harald Huber, Austrian Report on Musical Diversity. Österreichischer Bericht zur musikalischen Vielfalt 2000-2010, mdw 2012, p.7
5 Michael Huber, Wozu Musik. Musikalische Verhaltensweisen, Vorlieben und Einstellungen der Österreicher/innen, Vienna, mdw Department of Music Sociology 2010, p. 55