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The research and teaching of the centre is interdisciplinary. Although we focus on music psychology, our research also addresses issues in music cognition, music neuroscience, music philosophy, music information science, music sociology, music acoustics, and music anthropology. Our research has practical applications in music education, music medicine, music therapy, music performance, and music theory. We promote productive interactions between music psychology, other subdisciplines of SysMus, and other relevant disciplines, both within the centre and elsewhere. 

We teach within Graz's Musikologie program - a collaboration between the University of Graz (KFU) and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG). The Graz Musikologie curriculum belongs to a handful of curricula in Graz that bring together the contrasting epistemologies of humanities, sciences, and practically oriented disciplines and combine them at a deep level.

In Musikologie, music psychology has the same status as the other main subdisciplines of musicology, making Graz one of the most interesting places in the world to study musicology. Of all the departments at KUG and KFU that contribute to the Musikologie program, the Centre for Systematic Musicology makes the biggest contribution to its international visibility and interdisciplinarity.

Our teaching is

  • research-based, incorporating leading international research published by the teachers themselves;
  • socially relevant, with diverse implications for music performance, listening, economy, education, therapy, and medicine;
  • interdisciplinary, involving humanities, sciences, and practically oriented disciplines; and
  • bilingual, English and/or German (you can choose the language for exams)

The Graz Curriculum for Musicology is one of a handful of highly interdisciplinary curricula in Graz that bring together the strongly contrasting philosophies of science of the humanities, natural sciences and practically oriented disciplines and connect them profoundly. Of all the institutes at KUG and KFU involved in the Musicology program, the Center for Systematic Musicology brings the greatest contribution to international visibility and interdisciplinarity.


Office and Library
Glacisstraße 27, 1st floor A-8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8162

Library Opening Hours:
Wednesday: 10am - 1pm
Friday: 11am - 2pm

Only during the semester, on days when there is teaching.


Head of Centre Prof. Dr. Richard Parncutt Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8161


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