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Katharina Loibner - TaKeTiNa Rhythm Teacher and Piano Teacher from Vienna

Katharina Loibner, taketina, Reinhard Flatischler

I was born in 1979 in Vienna where, after school, I studied Piano Pedagogics at mdw, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. I graduated with the Bachelor of Arts. 

At mdw I got to know TaKeTiNa in 2003. I was fascinated from the very beginning and completed the TaKeTiNa Drums- and Percussion Training as well as the TaKeTiNa Teacher Training. I work at Musikschule der Stadt Linz, the largest music school in Austria with around 130 teachers and 4500 students.

Childhood and youth

I was born in Vienna in 1979, where I finished high school and graduated at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. 

At the age of six I started to learn playing the piano. Rhythm and its omnipresence in life have been fascinating me already as a child, e.g. the interplay of the sounds of the windscreen wiper and the indicator in the car. The Chinese jump rope and clapping games were my favourites. 

katharina Loibner, Klavierpädagogin, Musikschule d

I smile when I remember how rhythm has always made me happy. If there were several tower bells of a church playing together in different speeds, I loved the resulting polyrhythmic structures. When I was walking or jogging in nature I heard the surrounding sound, e.g. birds, in relation to the pulsation of my steps. 

After primary school I received a classical education in the 13th district of Vienna. At the age of 16 I spent one year as an exchange-student in the USA and ever since know what minus 112 degrees feels like, because I lived in Fargo, North Dakota. :) Sports have always played an important role in my childhood and youth, especially volleyball, basketball and swimming. 

Study of Ancient Philology

After high school I studied Classics in Vienna. I loved ancient Philosophy and Philology, but was especially interested in the rhythms of their poetic metres. I devoted myself to translating ancient lyrics without the loss of the special poetic metres and rhythms

Here is an example of the ode „An Leuconoe“ by Horaz - from which the famous quote "carpe diem" originates. The metre is a rare asclepiadeus maior.

An Leuconoe

— — | — v v — | — v v — | — v v — | v x

Tu ne quaesieris - scire nefas - quem mihi, quem tibi
finem di dederint, Leuconoe, nec Babylonios
temptaris numeros. Ut melius quidquid erit pati!
Seu pluris hiemes seu tribuit Iuppiter ultimam,
quae nunc oppositis debilitat pumicibus mare
Tyrrhenum, sapias, vina liques et spatio brevi
spem longam reseces. Dum loquimur, fugerit invida
aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.

Forsch nicht, Leukonoe, wo du nicht sollst. Götterbeschluss ist es,
wann das Ende uns naht, dir sowie mir. Auch wage nicht den Sprung
in die Astrologie. Bleibe doch am Boden der Wirklichkeit,
sei's dass Jupiter uns viel Zeit noch gönnt, sei's, dass der jetzige
Winter, der an dem Fels Meerwasser bricht, dein und mein letzter ist.
Sieh' dein Leben als Wein. Läut're es, kost's, und lange Hoffnung schneid'
wie den Weinstock zurück. Zeit fliegt dahin, macht beim Gespräch nicht Halt.
Pflück' den Tag wie du auch Blumen pflückst, denn gleichsam verwelkt auch er.

Music Study

University of Music and Performing arts vienna
Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien,

From 2002 to 2010 I studied Instrumental Pedagogics for Piano at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and graduated with the Bachelor of Arts. At mdw I got to know TaKeTiNa in the year 2003. My focus in my Studies was Rhythmics in Special Education as well as Drums and Percussion. 


My children Jakob and Josefine were born 2004 and 2005. Jakob is autistic, does not talk and is physically severely handicapped. Through him I learned to see the world with totally different eyes. I educated myself profoundly in the realm of autism

What has been providing support for me in the most difficult times and what gave me strength was TaKeTiNa. With the help of it I could always find back to myself. 

Especially in the realm of music I am active in the field of Inclusion. Rhythmics in Special Education was one of my focusses in my Studies. 

My journey with TaKeTiNa

Katharina Loibner

Salzstraße 2/9
4212 Neumarkt im Mühlkreis

Phone +43 650 25 99 069