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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)

Richard Parncutt teaches

  • Introduction to Systematic Musicology (1st year BA, winter) 
  • Empirical Music Psychology (2nd year BA, summer) 
  • Psychoacoustics and Music Cognition (3rd year BA, summer) 
  • Seminars on different current research topics (MA) 
  • Research seminar "Konversatorium" (3rd year BA, MA, winter and summer)

Annemarie Seither-Preisler teaches

  • Introduction to Music Psychology (1st year BA, summer)
  • Data Analysis in Music Psychology (2nd year BA, summer)
  • Seminar in Music Psychology (3rd year BA, winter)
  • Seminar on Music and Neuroscience (MA)

Bernd Brabec de Mori teaches

  • Qualitative methods for musicology (MA)
  • Courses on current research (MA)

This information is subject to change without notice. For course outlines, go to Uni Graz Outline and search for the name of the lecturer.


Office and Library
Glacisstraße 27, 1st floor A-8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8162
Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 9757

Library Opening Hours:
Monday: 10-12am
Wednesday: 12am-3pm
Friday: 10-12am

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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