The institute focuses on European music and music culture in both research and teaching. Members of the institute not only cover broad areas of what is referred to as the music of European high culture in research, lectures and publications, but they also discuss popular music forms and in particular the sociological conditions of their reception and production. Since the contexts in which music is specifically practiced, often providing it with an abstract meaning, are frequently complex, the Institute of Musicology of the University of Graz pursues a wide range of innovative methodologies and questions. Central to this is a humanities, cultural and social science approach that reflects on the role of music in past and present societies. An important concern is interdisciplinary thinking and working. The members of the institute not only publish in specialist magazines and scientific journals, but also work continuously with local and international cultural institutions.