Percussion Instruments (8201R001)

bachelor's programme qualification

No new students are accepted for the qualification. Qualification finishes 2024-12-31.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

The programme does not have any specific requirements for the recognition of prior learning. The procedure for recognition at AMU is governed by Articles 89 and 90 of the Act on Higher Education Institutions No. 111/1998 Coll., as amended, and by the AMU Attendance and Examination Regulations (Articles 8, 14, 18).

Qualification requirements and regulations

A completed secondary or a completed secondary vocational education; exceptionally, it is also possible to admit candidates without a completed secondary, a completed secondary vocational or higher vocational education at a conservatory.

Regulations: The Czech education system is governed by the Act on Higher Education Institutions, as amended (Act No. 111/1998 Coll.), and by the internal regulations of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Field of study characterization

The programme´s task is to deepen the student´s playing technique on percussion instruments, to build up his or her solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire, to familiarise him or her with new principles of contemporary music, as well as for him or her to acquire practical experience with concert activity including his or her own dramaturgy and pedagogical grounding.

Key learning outcomes

Mastery of established playing techniques on all basic types of percussion instruments (membranophones - in particular a small drum and timpani, melodic - in particular marimba and vibraphone), overview of the traditional use of all other instruments used in orchestras and in solo and chamber music of the 19th and 20th century.

The ability to react to the perpetual dynamic development of new techniques and sound possibilities used in particular in contemporaneous music, and the ability to contribute actively to this development in interaction with contemporary composers.

A creative approach to compositions for multipercussion - sets of percussion instruments.

Ability to interpret orchestral parts and solos of all stylistic periods in an informed manner.

Basic overview of the manner of using percussion instruments in the main directions of ethnic music.

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples

A graduate of the bachelor´s programme is able to interpret musical works as a solo performer and in an ensemble; is familiar with inherent rules of historical and contemporary music, and develops them in a creative manner.He or she is prepared for work in top symphonic orchestras,as well as for pedagogical work in the field.

Access to further studies

After duly completing the Bachelor?s programme it is possible for the student to continue his or her studies in the Master?s programme.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Studies are assessed by credits and examinations stipulated by study plans.The student is informed of these through the information system.The student registers for examinations using the information system, and is entitled to a second and third attempt to pass an examination.If neither of these attempts proves successful, the Dean may in exceptional cases permit a fourth attempt (administered by a commission).It is not permitted to repeat an examination for the main subjects or to repeat written examinations.The credit is an ungraded form of assessment of studies.It is allocated upon fulfilment of requirements stipulated for individual subjects and is recorded in the information system with the word „Credited“ (Z).An examination is a graded form of assessment of studies, which tests knowledge and level of creativity in the relevant subject.In the main subjects, examinations are administered by a commission.Examinations are graded on the scale „A, B, C, D, E, F“.

Graduation requirements

Studies in this programme are duly completed with the state final examination.This examination is held before an examination committee comprised of the faculty?s professors, assistant professors and expert assistants, or of invited experts approved by the faculty?s artistic council.The state final examination and announcement of the results are public.

The student must sit for a state final examination no later than two academic years after fulfilling the study obligations of the relevant study plan.A student who has fulfilled the conditions for the relevant study plan, performed a Bachelor?s concert, submitted a qualifying thesis with all the required formalities and obtained the required number of credits may register for the state final examination.The examination includes a defence of the Bachelor?s thesis and an oral examination on the history and literature of percussion instruments.The Dean stipulates the contents of the state final examination for individual fields of study on the basis of the recommendation of the relevant department.

State final examinations are graded on the scale „A, B, C, D, E, F“.The examination committee shall decide the overall assessment for the state final examination by vote in camera.

Mode of study


Qualification director or equivalent


Field of study is part of study programme

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