Bassoon (8201R010)

bachelor's programme qualification

General information about admission process

The basic requirements are instrumental talent, developed musical imagination, refined musical prerequisites, health condition and psychological disposition to study the chosen instrument, knowledge of the instrument´s literature and general cultural knowledge.

Performance from memory in the assigned repertoire is a prerequisite for admission.

The entrance examination includes a section on music theory and the history of music which tests knowledge of the development of music, prominent authors and musical compositions, supported by specific knowledge of fundamental works. The section on harmony requires knowledge of the principles of Classical and Romantic harmony as well as the ability to orient oneself in the basic analysis of a musical work. The section on counterpoint requires knowledge of basic concepts (imitation, canon, fugue, double counterpoint, etc.), and the section on musical forms requires a basic overview of individual forms and genres.

A qualifying requirement is a completed secondary or completed secondary vocational education.

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.

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. 111/98 Coll.), and by the internal regulations of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Field of study characterization

Bassoon is a practically oriented field focusing on the study and systematic mastery of bassoon instructional and elocutionary literature.

The instruction develops and perfects the student?s knowledge acquired during previous studies, primarily at conservatories. This applies to the area of methodological approaches as well as to the student?s own interpretive activity.

As part of the instruction, it is expected that all students will be significantly involved in the school?s concert activities in chamber ensembles, orchestras and solo performances. The historical repertoire tradition of wind instruments involves small formations composed of the school?s students, who can actively co-create the artistic character and impact of major concerts. Matriculations, graduations, the conferring of honorary doctorates, etc. are accompanied by concert performances and ceremonial music spanning four centuries and all stylistic periods.

Key learning outcomes

Students will be gradually familiarised with the knowledge and skills required for subsequent artistic and pedagogical practice.

Graduates must demonstrate knowledge of the basic world repertoire, which is expanded to the area of New Music and other modifications of contemporary music. In the area of pedagogical work, the graduate must have mastered the methods of playing the instrument, pedagogical approaches and outputs, and dramaturgical and publishing erudition. Another important component is knowledge of the issue of producing a bassoon?s mechanical components.

Communication and language skills are essential aspects of a graduate?s preparation.

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples

Current practice requires a wide scale of styles and genres. Graduates apply their skills in orchestral playing, chamber playing and soloist activity, as well as in pedagogical work in primary and secondary education.

Access to further studies

The continuing Master?s programme in Bassoon at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU), programmes in the arts or education faculties of other universities.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Studies are assessed by credits and examinations stipulated by study plans.

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. Examinations are graded on the scale „A, B, C, D, E, F“. In the main subjects, examinations are administered by a commission.

At the end of the first year, students undergo an examination before the Dean?s College, where they demonstrate their abilities to master the study programme in all its breadth.

At the end of each year, they undergo a similar examination before a committee of the Department of Wind Instruments.

Graduation requirements

The student fulfils the requirements of the study plan and passes the State Bachelor?s Examination.

The State Bachelor?s Examination consists of the following parts:

-the Bachelor?s concert and its defence;

-the Bachelor's thesis and its defence;

-the subject of History and Literature of Wind Instruments.

Mode of study


Qualification director or equivalent

Vladimír REJLEK

Field of study is part of study programme

Qualification study plans