The Schönberg Music Mediation Award LEARN TO HEAR, initiated by the Arnold Schönberg Center and in cooperation with the Department of Music Education Research, Music Didactics, and Elementary Music Education (IMP) of the mdw-University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, will be awarded for five consecutive years having started in 2023.

This award-winning concept aims at exploring Arnold Schönberg’s compositional œuvre and interdisciplinary artistic influence as well as the music of the Viennese School and its legacy for contemporary music. The practical realization of the concept will involve a 'Listening Session' at the Arnold Schönberg Center (the practical implementation is limited to a maximum of two people; language: German). In the presence of the participants, new listening strategies will be introduced in order to promote an understanding of Schönberg’s music, his students, and his artistic heirs and successors. The program is organized around an annually changing theme and different target groups.

The € 3.000 Schönberg Music Education Award will be awarded to an outstanding submission by a jury (consisting of members from IMP and ASC). The award ceremony will take place at the Arnold Schönberg Center.


The submitted concept should be in a workshop format that can encompass parts of a lecture, interactive phases, discussions and music examples. This year, the second year of the award, the concept is aimed at interested youth (age 14-18 years), whereby, in terms of inclusivity, no previous knowledge should be/is required. The workshop should last approx. 90 minutes. The goal is to introduce the participants to the music of Arnold Schönberg and the Viennese School in an enjoyable way.


Who can apply?
Applicants must be either students or graduates (maximum ten years after graduation) of the mdw, or any other public or private music university or academy. The submitted concept must have been neither submitted nor realized anywhere else before. As the case may be the organisers reserve the right to propose an adaption to a submitted concept (no additional charges). Travel expenses (up to max. € 180) incurred in connection with the 'Listening Session' at the Arnold Schoenberg Centre can be reimbursed.


What are the selection criteria for the award?

  • Relevance to the topic and target group

  • Originality

  • Quality of communication

  • Theoretical foundation

  • Practicability


How can one apply?
Applicants must submit the following:

  1. the completed submission form (-> Download)
  2. a detailed project concept [including (preliminary) project calculation]: The concept should comprise a maximum of 4 pages and include the idea of the workshop. The concept should describe the process in which the main musical ideas will be conveyed, with particular focus on how workshop participants will be actively involved. The calculation (incl. technical requirements) should additionally comprise a maximum of 1 page.

  3. a CV


How does the selection process work?
Please send the completed submission form, project concept, and CV electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than October 7, 2024. The jury will select the winning project by October 21, 2024. The announcement will be made on October 21, 2024.


Applicants will have the opportunity to learn about research possibilities on the subject matter during an informative event at the Arnold Schönberg Center or via Zoom. Dates will be announced by the Arnold Schoenberg Center: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Funding is provided by the Arnold Schönberg Center Education Endowment.

Initiative, idea, and concept: Therese Muxeneder (Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna)

Project lead mdw: Axel Petri-Preis (IMP)


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Institute for Music Education Research and Practice (IMP):