The study programme "Brass/Wind Orchestra Conducting" includes nine compulsory subjects: the central artistic subject brass/wind orchestra conducting; piano and score play; instrumentation and arrangement of music for brass/wind instruments; practical course in percussion; comparative analysis of transcriptions, orchestra music and opera; job shadowing in orchestra conducting; theoretical basics of jazz and popular music; arrangement and composition in jazz and popular music as well as didactics of brass/wind orchestra und ensemble conducting. Many elective subjects are also offered. Each student must successfully do a compulsory practical training consisting of three stage performances. A master’s thesis must also be written. The artistic part of the master’s examination consists of three parts: an internal exam (conducting a rehearsal of a brass/wind orchestra as well as conducting of representative works from opera and orchestra literature), a colloquium and an external exam (public performance as conductor of a wind/brass orchestra).
If a bachelor programme was studied at the Mozarteum University Salzburg an entrance examination is not necessary. Applicants who studied at another university have to undergo an examination of their qualifications. In this examination applicants also have to prove their artistic potential to master the master’s programme. The exam consists of an analysis and conduction performance of a transcribed orchestra piece and of an original piece for brass/wind orchestras. Moreover, a transcription for brass/wind orchestras must be created.