Monika Stadler began studying the harp at the age of thirteen at the Bruckner-Conservatory in Linz, Austria. From 1982 till 1990 she studied concert harp performance at the University of Music & Performing Arts in Vienna under Professor Adelheid Blovsky-Miller.

During her studies she played with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and at the Carinthian Summer Festival.

In 1990 she finished her studies at the University with the highest honours and received a scholarship to study jazz harp in 1991/92.
Additional scholarships from the Austrian government followed which allowed her to study with jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant, jazz bassist David Clark (Berklee College of Music, Boston) and free improvisational music with David Darling in the USA.