Welcome to the

Department of Music Therapy

MusaWien 2018 (Foto: E. Phan Quoc)

Ringvorlesung Musiktherapie (Foto: I. Bankl)

Paukenpartnerspiel (Foto: I. Bankl)

Englische Handglocken (aus Egger, 1981)

Department of Music Therapy

The Department of Music Therapy (Department 14) is home to Europe’s oldest academic music-therapy training programme, which has been training music therapists since 1959.

Since the 2020/2021 academic year, the new curricula for the bachelor’s and master’s degree programme in music therapy has been in effect.

The first class in the bachelor’s programme began on 1 Oct. 2020.0}

The completion of the seven-semester bachelor’s degree programme (210 ECTS) qualifies its recipients to practise their profession with shared responsibility as defined in the Austrian Music Therapy Act (MuthG).

Beginning in the 2024 summer semester, the four-semester consecutive music therapy MA programme (120 ECTS) will be offered, which qualifies its recipients to practise their profession with sole responsibility as defined in the Austrian Music Therapy Act (MuthG).<

The diploma programme in music therapy will be discontinued in 2025.

Since 2013, students have also had the option of completing a doctoral programme in music therapy as part of the mdw’s PhD programme. Since 2019, the Music Therapy Research Centre Vienna (WZMF) has been institutionally established as a division of the Department of Music Therapy at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

 


 

Department head  

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Dr. sc. mus. Thomas Stegemann

Deputies

Mag.art. Hannah Riedl (teaching section)

Mag.art. Eva Phan Quoc (WZMF section)

Department office

Katharina Pfeiffer

 


Music therapy in Austria

Music therapy is a legally recognised health profession in Austria. According to the Music Therapy Act (MuthG, § 6, par. 1), music therapy is defined as an “independent, scientific, artistic, creative, and expression-promoting form of therapy”. It encompasses the conscious and planned treatment of persons who suffer in particular from physical, emotional, intellectual, and social disorders and states of distress, utilising the artistic medium of music in the context of a therapeutic relationship.

Music therapy—particularly in the tradition of the Viennese school of music therapy—is closely related to other scientific disciplines such as psychotherapy, psychology, medicine, musicology, and pedagogy.

The aims of music therapy practice include:

1. prevention, including health promotion,

2. treatment of acute and chronic ailments,

3. rehabilitation,

4. promotion of social competencies, including supervision, and

5. teaching and research.

 

Department head

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Dr. sc. mus. Thomas Stegemann

Office hours by advance appointment only: Seilerstätte 26, 1010 Vienna (Entrance on Johannesgasse); department office hours: Thur., 11 a.m.–noon (during the semester) or by appointment.

Mail: musiktherapie@mdw.ac.at
Homepage: thomasstegemann.at

 

Deputy department heads

Mag.art. Hannah Riedl (teaching section)

Mag.art. Eva Phan Quoc (WZMF section)

 

Secretary

At the moment, the mdw’s onsite operations are subject to severe restrictions.

All in-person service is by appointment only until further notice.

We are happy to assist you by phone and via email.

Katharina Pfeiffer

Tel.: +43-1-71155-3914
Fax.: +43-1-71155-3949
pfeiffer@mdw.ac.at

1010 Wien, Seilerstätte 26, entrance on Johannesgasse