The "Department for Elemental Music and Dance Education - Orff Institute" at the Mozarteum University Salzburg offers an artistic and pedagogical study area in music and dance and is qualifying for a wide range of professional fields. Music and dance are practiced and researched in a direct context. Diverse, interdisciplinary, performative and musical projects are initiated, and emphasis is placed on pedagogical work with different target groups.

The Bachelor's degree in elemental music and dance pedagogy currently offers the opportunity to focus on the areas of music or dance, but also on "Music and dance in inclusion and diversity (MDID)".

The study focus (compulsory elective subject) Music and Dance in Inclusion and Diversity (MDID) serves to develop artistic, pedagogical and scientific skills that enable graduates to promote the musical and dance skills of participants in a wide variety of work areas with diversity contexts and the social Implementing the mandate of inclusion.

In the course of 15 semester hours, both teaching practice and subject didactics, design models and the basics of inclusion and diversity are taught and artistic practice is made possible through projects. The combination of theory and practice through the experience of diverse teaching internships is particularly important here. Various teaching practice groups are available for this purpose, which are also open to other interested students in addition to the MDID major students. The diversity in each group is seen as an enrichment and opportunity for everyone and guides the artistic and educational work. Within the framework of this specialization, the students acquire additional teaching skills that enable them to promote both musical and dance skills as well as psychosocial skills in the most diverse fields of work with various groups and to accompany and support them in their individual and creative development.



The work with music and dance in the social and curative education field that was started by Mozarteum professor Wilhelm Keller at the end of the 1960s at the Orff Institute also helped in the founding of the Institute for Musical Social and Curative Education in 1973 and gave important impulses. The resulting constant examination of this field of work led to the establishment of the major "Music and dance in social and curative education" within the field of music and movement education.

When a new curriculum for the elemental music and dance pedagogy course was developed in 1988, it also implemented a new focus for “Music and dance in social and curative education”. In 2002 the course content was revised and the focus of the course was renamed to “Music and Dance in Social Work and Integrative Pedagogy” (MDSI). In addition, a one-year part-time university course MDSI was created, which enables interested people from neighboring disciplines to undertake further training in this area. In the new version and modularization of the curricula 2023, the area was further developed and expanded to include "Music and Dance in Inclusion and Diversity (MTID)".

Due to its combination of social work and inclusive pedagogy this study area of MDID is very special in the German-speaking countries. MDID is one of three selectable study areas at the Orff Institute, in addition to instrument/voice or dance. The artistic, educational and scientific penetration of "music - language - movement" is a cornerstone of the Orff Institute.



The use of music and movement in inclusion and diversity leads to the development of identity-forming, communicative and social fields of learning and experience. The diverse person-oriented methodical use of music and movement enables individuals and groups to experience the physical, mental, social and cultural effects of their own active artistic activity. In doing so, a social balance between the many different living environments of a modern society is developed in an integrative, inclusive, supportive and mediating manner, and very different diversity contexts are taken into account.

Inclusive pedagogy rejects the one-sidedness, defect orientation and separation of traditional curative and special pedagogy. It is based on the principles of integrative general pedagogy, in which:

- everyone can learn everything

- in his / her own way

- with the necessary personal and material help.

The didactic foundation is the "cooperation on the common subject" and the "inner differentiation through (development-related) individualization" (Georg Feuser). The use of music and dance in various fields of inclusive education offers the promotion of cognitive, emotional, sensorimotor and social skills and abilities. The educational-artistic work also tries to use undeveloped or unused potential and to accompany and support people in their individual development and creativity.


The MDID artistic-educational group consists of lecturers from the Orff Institute who have special expertise in this field:

Mag.a Barbara Tischitz-Winklhofer
Chris Wang, BA MA
Mirjam Leitner, BA MA
Mag. Dr. Erik Esterbauer, MA
Mag.a Doris Valtiner-Pühringer
Ari Glage


The section is also linked to its former members:

Mag.a Shirley Day-Salmon
Mag.a Manuela Widmer
Susanne Rebholz, MSc.
Michel Widmer
Mag.a Christine Schönherr