Vienna has a phenomenal reputation for classical music – both Strauss and Schubert hailed from the city. The aristocratic culture that thrived in Vienna throughout the 1700s and 1800s brought not only a wealth of music to the city, but also a legacy that continues to this day. Vienna is a creative hub that attracted the big guns, including Bruckner, Mahler, Haydn and Mozart – Brahms even considered Vienna to be his second home.
The classical music tradition still continues in Vienna: the city is home to some of the most prestigious music schools in Europe. These schools are continuing to produce contemporary musicians of the highest caliber. If you are visiting Vienna, it is worth booking one of the many music events and concerts organized by some of the top music schools in Austria: you will be in for a real treat for the ears and you’ll be supporting the professional musicians of the future.
University of Music and Performing Arts
Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts has been running for over a hundred years. It is home to over 3,000 students from 70 different countries. If you are choosing a music college course, it is important to consider what instruments are offered and what the level of tuition is like. Many music colleges also offer a program of online courses that can be done remotely. An online course can help boost your musical knowledge and refine your practice skills.
At the University of Music and Performing Arts you can not only specialize in your first and second instrument, but also study a wider range of subjects, including music physiology, applied dramaturgy, experimental music, and cultural management. There is also a good choice of postgraduate courses for music professionals, including conducting and chamber music.
The Prayner Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Arts was first opened in 1905, and has since gone from strength to strength. The conservatory gives students of all ages the opportunity to study a wide range of orchestral instruments, including the bassoon, oboe, tuba, violin and harp. They also offer courses in composition, accompanying, opera, chamber music and orchestral repertoire.
There are often master classes and seminars held at the Prayner Conservatory, and they have sound studios that are used as rehearsal spaces for art, music, theater, and drama. The classrooms are fully equipped for the orchestras and choirs that practice on a weekly basis, and there are two small theaters for performances.
Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUK)
MUK is a relatively new institute – it opened in 2015, but it has been thriving. The university teaches 850 students a year from all over the world, and there are 250 lecturers with expertise in a wide range of subjects. Every year, the university hosts more than 400 public events, contributing to the cultural growth of Vienna. There is a wide range of music taught at MUK, not just in the classical tradition, but also jazz and early music. Students can take diplomas in Classical Operetta and Chamber Music as well as certificates in performance. MUK also has an active exchange program with overseas students from many other prestigious European music schools, as well as worldwide academies in China, Russia, Uruguay and Taiwan.
If you are considering studying music, Vienna has a wealth of schools to support your education. You can not only learn to improve your skills and playing technique, but there is also the opportunity to kickstart your music career. As a visitor to Vienna, going to a music school concert will give you the chance to hear some professional-standard musicians playing some world-class music.
Written by Brianna.