Teaching philosophy

  • Treating students with respect by acknowleding their individuality
  • Encouraging mastery and competency through motivation
  • Research-based teaching
  • Full transparency regarding course requirements and individual grading schemes
  • Challenging tasks to enable an effective learning environment
  • Tasks involving critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Creating a constructive feedback culture
  • Developing responsible and autonomous learners by using e-learning tools
  • Training of other soft skills: academic communication skills (oral and written), teamwork, flexibility, motivation, listening skills…

Teaching initiatives

    In the past ten years, I have acquired broad and considerable teaching experience at five Austrian universities and at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My teaching encompasses fields such as music perception and cognition, empirical aesthetics, social psychology of music, and psychological research methods. I have been recognized as an enthusiastic and energetic teacher, as evidenced by my course evaluations and renewed invitations to give guest lectures abroad. Importantly, I am not afraid to try out new pedagogical approaches. Over the last years, I attended several additional training courses in the field of higher education, demonstrating my continuing interest in teaching as well as my willingness to improve my skills and keep track of the latest developments. For instance, when asked to offer a new lecture on the social psychology of music in 2018, I implemented it within the framework of blended-learning where learning happens via online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching. Students enjoyed this innovative lecture style, and I received funding from the E-learning Initiative of the University of Innsbruck to further develop this concept. In 2018, I was asked to organize the faculty’s program of the university’s “Tag der Lehre”, a day committed to discuss teaching in higher education in times of digitalization (Link to report). Moreover, my emphasis on research-based teaching is reflected in the funding I received for teaching a project-based seminar for psychology students in 2019 (Link to report), who conducted a field study in collaboration with the Tyrolean State Museum and State Conservatory (Innsbruck). I recently also received funding from the University of Innsbruck to evaluate a novel, environmentally friendly exam format for large lecture courses developed by Bruno Gingras (Link to report).

Supervision of students

  • Eleven student assistants paid by grant money at the University of Innsbruck (Austria).
  • Co-supervision of 2 master's students and supervision of 3 interns at the University of Innsbruck (Austria).
  • Co-supervision of 10 master's students, supervision of 6 bachelor students and 11 interns between December 2012 and August 2015 at the University of Vienna (Austria).

Lecturer of full courses

  • VO 800700 "VO Empirische Ästhetik aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive" (Graduate lecture on empirical aesthetics from an interdisciplinary perspective)
    University of Innsbruck (Austria)
    Winter term 2020, fully implemented in a virtual classroom
    Course evaluation
  • SE 720207 and SE 720208 "Qualitative Forschungsmethoden" (Master's seminar on qualitative research methods)
    Department of Psychology, University of Innsbruck (Austria)
    Summer terms 2020 (2 courses) and 2021 (one course), fully implemented in a virtual classroom
    Course evaluation 1
    Course evaluation 2
  • SP3ILV "Social Psychology" (Undergraduate course for Business Administration bachelor degree programme)
    IMC FH Krems (Austria)
    Winter terms 2019 and 2020 (fully implemented in a virtual classroom)
  • VL 720253 "Spezielle Themen der psychologischen Grundlagenforschung: Empirische Ästhetik" (Master's seminar on empirical aesthetics, research project seminar)
    Department of Psychology, University of Innsbruck (Austria)
    Summer term 2019 - funded by the Vice Rectorate of Student Affairs and Teaching, supported by 4 student assistants: Moritz Hebel-Haug, Bianca Kreft, Jana Müller and Felix Leitner
    Students' report on the website of the University of Innsbruck
    Reflection by MM
  • VO 720042 "VO spezielle Themen der Sozialpsychologie: Sozialpsychologie der Musik" (Undergraduate lecture on the social psychology of music)
    Department of Psychology, University of Innsbruck (Austria)
    Winter term 2018, funded and implemented as a blended learning lecture, teaching assistant: Niklas Kho
    Winter term 2019, teaching assistant: Daniela Schwarz
    Course evaluation 1
    Course evaluation 2
    Additional questions in the evaluations: Frage 1: Die im Vergleich zu anderen VOs kürzere Präsenzzeit motiviert mich die VO regelmäßig zu besuchen. Frage 2: Die Mischung aus Online- und Präsenzphase fördert mein Lernverhalten eher als eine typisch konzipierte VO mit 90 min Frontalvortrag. Frage 3: Ich fand die E-Quizze hilfreich, um mich auf die Prüfung vorzubereiten. Frage 4: Die Inhalte der VO finde ich sehr interessant.
  • SE 720076 "Seminar zur Grundlagenvertiefung: Medienpsychologie - Multimedia und Musik" (Undergraduate seminar on music in multimedia)
    Department of Psychology, University of Innsbruck (Austria)
    Summer terms 2017 and 2018
    Course evaluation 1
    Course evaluation 2
  • VL 720245 "Spezielle Themen der psychologischen Grundlagenforschung: Empirische Ästhetik" (Master's seminar on empirical aesthetics)
    Department of Psychology, University of Innsbruck (Austria)
    Summer term 2016, winter terms 2016 and 2017
    Course evaluation
  • SE 720264 "Seminar zu speziellen Problemen der psychologischen Grundlagenforschung: Sozialpsychologie der Musik" (Master's seminar on the social psychology of music)
    Department of Psychology, University of Innsbruck (Austria)
    Winter term 2016
    Course evaluation
  • PS 200003/20 "Proseminar zu kognitiven Grundlagen des Erlebens und Verhaltens" (Undergraduate seminar: Cognitive foundations of experience and behaviour)
    Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna (Austria)
    Summer terms 2013 and 2014, winter terms 2013 and 2014
    Course evaluation 1
    Course evaluation 2
  • SE 200079 "Bachelorarbeit II" (Bachelor thesis seminar)
    Together with departmental colleagues
    Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna (Austria)
    Winter term 2014, summer term 2015
  • UE MU0.050 "Musikpsychologische Datenanalyse" (Qualitative and quantitative data analysis for music psychologists)
    Centre for Systematic Musicology, University of Graz (Austria)
    Summer terms 2012 and 2013
  • "Musikpsychologie" (Music psychology)
    Centre for Contemporary Music, Danube University Krems (Austria)
    September 2014

Guest lecturer

  • March 2019. Lecture on "Musik und Emotion: Psychologische Grundlagen und Anwendungsgebiete”, Pädagogische Hochschule Wien (Austria).
  • June 2015, May 2016, 2017 and 2018. Lecture on "Veränderte Bewusstseinszustände während des Musikhörens und Musizierens” as part of the course "Persönlichkeit und individuelle Unterschiede in der Musikpsychologie", University of Innsbruck (Austria).
  • December 2012, 2013 and 2014. Lecture on “Cross-cultural perspectives of music cognition research” as part of the music perception course unit of the MSc in Music, Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths, University of London (UK).
  • December 2010. Lecture on “Cross-cultural perspectives of music cognition research” and one “Methods session on psychoacoustics” as part of the music perception course unit of the MSc in Music, Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths, University of London (UK).
  • December 2009. Lecture on “Cross-cultural perspectives of music cognition research” and two “Methods sessions on psychoacoustics and harmonic priming” as part of the music perception course unit of the MSc in Music, Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths, University of London (UK).
  • April 2008. Lecture on “Emotions evoked by music” given in Stephen McAdams’ Music Perception and Cognition Course, Schulich School of Music, McGill University (Canada).

Teaching assistant

  • 2006-2008. Three linguistic project seminars, Department of English Studies, University of Graz (Austria).

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