European Music School Research

The Future of Music Schools – today's challenges and tomorrow's solutions

European Music School Research 2017Grafik: © / Ladman

October 6 and 7, 2017: The first European Music School Symposium is organized by the Department of Cultural Management and Gender Studies, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in cooperation with the European Music School Union and the Conference of Austrian Music School Associations.

Due to social changes music schools face big challenges, that have to be met by enhanced advocacy work for music education and creative approaches. These challenges include enabling inclusive access to music schools despite obstacles caused by socio-economic factors, questions of migration, gender issues, digitalization and – in German-speaking countries – the implementation of various forms of all-day schooling.

Music schools assume different positions within the educational and cultural structures of European countries and therefore are required to develop different strategies. The focus on diverse goals while preparing young people for music studies or contributing and shaping regional cultural life leads to varying approaches.

Goals of the symposium

This symposium aims to start a discussion between European experts, scholars and academics on the positioning, legal situations, environment, strategic aims, missions and impact of music schools in Europe and how they can meet these challenges:

  • Positioning and regulations of music schools in Europe
  • Environment of music schools in Europe
  • Missions and measures of music schools in Europe
  • Impact of music schools in Europe

German-speakers, please note:

Für deutschsprachiges Publikum findet am Samstag, dem 7. Oktober um 14.00 Uhr im Haydn-Saal ein Österreich-Podium zum derzeitigen Stand und den zukünftigen Herausforderungen der österreichischen Musikschulen statt.

Es diskutieren u.a. Rektorin Mag.a Ulrike Sych und Gemeindebundpräsident Mag. Alfred Riedl zu den vielfältigen Aufgaben der Musikschulen und erläutern gemeinsam mit VertreterInnen KOMU sowie weiterer ExpertInnen und MusikerInnen mögliche Lösungsansätze für eine musikalische Zukunft.

Programme & Information

The schedule is available as a PDF document:

EUR 125,- (students and mdw-members: EUR 70,-) including the conference pack:
2 meals, refreshments during breaks, 1 cocktail reception, entrance to sessions and concerts and a certificate of attendance.

Please register at:

Sandra Stini,, Tel.: +43 1 71155 3413

European Music School Symposium
The Future of Music Schools

6 and 7 October, 2017
mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1
1030 Vienna