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Department Overview & Study Plans

The privately-run Prayner Conservatory of Mag. Josef Schmid was first granted full governmental approval and public status on 31st March 1958 by the Federal Minstry of Education, Art and Culture, in accordance with the fulfilment of all legal requirements. The public status of the Conservatory was renewed by the Federal Ministry on 2nd June 2008, (Item 24.423/0005-III/3/2008). This granting of public status means that the institute has full state recognition and our certificates of study have the same validity as those issued by state-led institutions. Through the fulfilment of all essential requirements, students at the Conservatory have the same privileges as students who attend public institutions, such as family subsidies and scholarships.  Students who come from non-EU countries have the right to obtain a Visa for their studies. 


The Artistic Diploma Study Programme, in accordance with the organisational statute, is split into a certain number of sections, levels and semesters depending on your chosen discipline. The expected length of study time for each individual section and level, as well as the times when you are expected to complete an exam to proceed to the next level, can be viewed in our study guides (available in the secretarial office). The study guides also include an overview of the complementary subjects for your specific course which you are expected to complete. Free-choice subjects can be chosen from the range of options available at Prayner Conservatory or from the courses on offer at other institutions.


Music studies at Prayner Conservatory are split between the following 8 departments:

Department 1

Strings, Composition, Conducting

In Department 1 the following subjects can be studied:

Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass, Orchestral Repertoire, Compositional Technique, Songwriting, Composition, Conducting, Instrumental Pedagogy.

Department 2

Woodwind & Brass, Percussion

In Department 2 the following subjects can be studied:


Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Recorder, Percussion, Orchestral Repertoire, Instrumental Pedagogy.


Department 3

Keyboard Instruments

In Department 3 the following subjects can be studied:


Piano, Accompaniment, Piano-Chamber Music, Accordion and Instrumental Pedagogy.


Department 4

Solo Singing

In Department 4 the following subjects can be studied:


Solo Singing, Lieder & Oratorio and Vocal Pedagogy.


Department 5

Guitar, Harp

In Department 5 the following subjects can be studied:


Guitar, Harp and Instrumental Pedagogy.


Department 6

Opera, Operatic Repertoire, Operetta, Musical Theatre

In Department 6 the following subjects can be studied:


Opera, Operatic Repertoire, Operetta and Musical Theatre.



Department 7

Jazz Instruments, Jazz Singing & Jazz Theory

In Department 7 the following subjects can be studied:

Jazz Piano, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Bass, Jazz Percussion, Jazz Violin, Jazz Clarinet, Jazz Saxophone, Jazz Trumpet, Jazz Trombone, Jazz Singing, Jazz Theory, Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy in Jazz.


Department 8

Pop Instruments, Pop Singing & Songwriting

In Department 8 the following subjects can be studied:

Pop Piano, Pop Guitar, Pop Bass, Pop Percussion, Pop Singing, Songwriting, Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy in Pop.

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