Chamber Music (8201T100)

master's programme qualification

General information about admission process

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

Admission is contingent on completion of a Bachelor?s programme in the relevant instrument (see the instrumental compositions of the specified ensembles) and demonstration of exceptional artistic talent.

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 Master?s programme in Chamber Performance is concentrated on attaining the highest level of mastery in interpreting and integrating knowledge in broader and more general contexts.The Master?s Programme graduate is an independent creative individual.The core of the programme does not involve acquiring technical skills, as these are already assumed and expected. Rather, the objective is to open up a space for personal originality, enabling the student to freely and independently find his or her own creative path.The programme significantly enhances the quality of interpretive art in the area of chamber performance with respect to the interpretation itself, the dramaturgy of podium and recorded productions, and last but not least in the psychological and relational realm.Piano trios, string quartets and wind quintets are among the gems of Czech chamber interpretation.

Programme specialisations:

Piano Trio (composition:piano, violin, cello)

String Quartet (composition:two violins, viola, cello)

Wind Quintet (composition:flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn)

Key learning outcomes

A graduate of the programme in Chamber Performance has perfectly mastered the principles of chamber playing and built on the deeply rooted and excellent traditions of Czech chamber music.He or she has acquired a high degree of professionalism and interpretive mastery, which are essential for chamber playing.He or she has perfectly mastered the technical and artistic specifics of the studied works.The systematic development of the artistic partnership among individual members of the ensemble with a focus on reliable and creative cooperation in the search for a unified interpretive approach as well as a strong and deep orientation in the musical legacy of the past in all its stylistic periods is the final requirement and objective of this programme.Ensembles engaging in chamber interpretation will thus have a unique opportunity to study all interpretive issues under leading proponents of ensemble performance.The pedagogical potential of the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU) in this area of interpretation is on an extraordinary level, as verified at prestigious foreign festivals and competitions of interpretive art.

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples

A graduate has a well-founded overview of the repertoire of chamber compositions in the selected specialisation.His or her communicative and creative co-creation of the artistic expression shaped by the chamber ensemble is on a high artistic and theoretical level.He or she has mastered methods of cooperation leading to efficient learning of the selected musical work.He or she has an overview of current general developments in the area of music and is also able to engage in publication activity in the scholarly press, to give lectures or to provide methodological direction in short-term interpretive and master courses focusing on chamber music.

The entirety of practical knowledge deeply learned in the scholarly literature and the ability to appropriately apply or communicate it also allows graduates to work in qualified instruction roles at post-secondary institutions of the university type.

Access to further studies

The doctoral programme lifelong learning programmes, master courses, etc.

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).

The examinations are by commission, practical and graded on the scale „A, B, C, D, E, F“.

Graduation requirements

The Master?s programme is completed by passing the State Master?s Examination.This examination consists of:

a) an artistic performance ? the graduate concert;

b) a diploma thesis (per the wording of Section 62, paragraph1, fof the Act on Higher Education Institutions No. 111/98 Coll.);

c) an oral examination in a selected theoretical discipline ? Poetics of Interpretive Performance;

d) an oral debate before the examination commission and defence of the artistic performance and written work.

The graduate concert is a feature performance with a set length of 90 minutes of music, possibly also with an orchestral performance, although this does not replace the ensemble?s obligation to perform a feature recital.The core dramaturgical conception of the graduate concert requires compositions by authors of different historical periods and compositional styles.

The written diploma thesis must be at least 40 typed pages in length of content.Each member of the ensemble writes a diploma thesis with his or her own topic and contents individually, although this work may relate thematically to the thematic work of other members of the ensemble and can thus constitute a comprehensive whole.

The topic of the Master?s diploma thesis must be assigned no later than by 30 April of the preceding academic year.

Mode of study


Qualification director or equivalent

František MALÝ

Field of study is part of study programme

Qualification study plans