Specialization of study programme String Instruments
Profile of graduate
The graduate has acquired advanced skills to choose the optimal performance approach to a given repertoire and to support his/her decision with relevant arguments. The student emerges as a versatile and mature artistic personality capable of sovereign, original and convincing musical expression in the performance of highly demanding, extensive and stylistically diverse repertoire. He or she is able to plan and structure his or her own work independently, purposefully and effectively.
Possesses a comprehensive knowledge of the world and domestic guitar repertoire and demonstrates a high level of skill in creating and delivering coherent musical experiences and interpretations.
Develops, presents and implements artistic programmes that are coherent and appropriate to a variety of contexts.
Understands in depth the role of the musician in contemporary society, exploring, engaging with and reflecting on specific relevant professional working environments and contexts.
He/she has an overview of the system of functioning and function of music in society, orienting himself/herself to the basic concepts and terms of the existing model of music operation.
He/she is oriented to the various periods of Czech music development.
He/she is familiar with the major figures and the most famous works and is able to place them in their respective periods.
Performs music at a high professional level (technically and artistically sovereign expression), expressing own artistic concepts at the level of a developed musical personality.
Possesses sophisticated craft skills in relation to repertoire, style, genre, etc.
Shows breadth and/or depth of expertise and demonstrates proficiency in a range of different styles and/or has a distinctive and individual expression in one particular style.
Takes a leadership role in the ensemble and/or leads other collaborative activities.
Publicly presents high quality artistic performance in solo, chamber and orchestral roles.
Understands his/her field in depth in relation to relevant career paths and opportunities, and identifies and formulates strategies for developing collaborations on this basis.
Exercises a high level of critical self-reflection in relation to own learning style, skills and strategies.
He/she understands the connections between general historical events and the musical situation in the Czech lands.
He/she is equipped for independent critical study of Czech compositions.
Demonstrates independence in all aspects of learning, social interaction and in recognising opportunities.
Is able to integrate knowledge gained from different contexts and perspectives.
Recognises the interrelationships between theory and practice and uses this knowledge to support and enhance own artistic development.
Has a high level of appropriate presentation skills in all aspects of their practice and activity.
Engages and shares information with professional and lay musicians and audiences across a broad social spectrum, is aware of individual and/or group reactions to this information and is able to respond appropriately.
Has a positive attitude and willingly engages in ongoing (lifelong) personal and professional development.
Rules and requirements for creating study plans
The basic framework for the conception of study programmes at AMU is created by the AMU Rules of Quality Assurance System, specifying the basic principles of accreditation processes. The current practice is further formally anchored by the AMU Accreditation Rules. These set the parameters common to all study programmes taught at AMU and also transfer part of the responsibility for subject specifications (theatre, music, dance, film/television) to the faculties.
The curricula are drawn up in accordance with the AMU Attendance and Examination Regulations. On the basis of the specificities of higher artistic education, this document defines within the typology of subjects the required main subject (PH): this is a key artistic (or talent-based) core course, for which the assessment is always carried out on a commission basis and which does not allow for re-attestation. Another specificity of the curricula is the flexibility allowed in the distribution of credits (60 ECTS per academic year) between the winter and summer semesters, based on the greater workload associated with the completion of artistic outputs in the summer semester in some disciplines.
The theoretical and historical background of the field is a compulsory part of all study programmes; these are compulsory core courses co-determining the profile of the graduate and forming part of the state final examination. Each study plan also includes compulsory completion of discipline-specific English language instruction, with a minimum of 6 ECTS per study cycle.
Courses completed by examination are graded on a scale from A to E (F = fail), while „pass/fail“ grades are used for other courses; a combination of the two types of assessment is not possible.
The standard length of a lesson is 45 minutes. The basic organisational forms of teaching are lecture, seminar, exercise, workshop, the last three forms of teaching involving the creation of artistic outputs to varying degrees. Teaching takes place either on a weekly basis or in the form of intensive blocks or workshops.
The curriculum automatically assumes prerequisites in the form of sequences of courses, indicated by an ascending number after the course title. This type of prerequisite is not specifically mentioned in Part BIII for individual courses. If a course has a non-sequential prerequisite, it is explicitly listed in Part BIII for the course. In the same sense, we do not list prerequisites; these are determined by the mandatory inclusion of the course in a particular year and semester along with other courses.
The curriculum includes electives in Movement and Relaxation Education, Contemporary Music Performance and other electives offered by AMU. The student may also choose to take Professional Activities, a course closely related to the application realm in the area of artistic performance, which the student has taken outside the college. The student must earn a minimum of 14 credits in electives.
The curriculum includes specializations in Harp, Violin, Double Bass, Guitar, Viola, and Cello. The student enrolls directly in the specialization.
General information about admission process
There is a fee for studying in English. The amount of tuition fees for each study programme, including specialisations, is set by the Dean's Decree, which is published in the relevant section of the faculty website in English. The admission procedure is conducted in the form of an attendance examination, the so-called talent examination.
The exact conditions of the talent examination are laid down for each academic year - a specific programme (specification of compulsory compositions and compositions of one's own choice, whether it is compulsory to play these compositions by heart, etc.), which is chosen so that the applicant has the opportunity to demonstrate his or her exceptional aptitude for the Master's degree.
These requirements are updated annually and placed in the appropriate places on the study section of the faculty website in English.
The talent examination is conducted in a present form before an examination committee by having the candidate present a set programme. The examination committee has the right to determine which of the required pieces the candidate will perform. The examination board has the right to interrupt individual pieces at any time.
The admissions committee evaluates the candidate with a cumulative score that includes an assessment of mastery of playing technique, sense of rhythm, musical memory, performance imagination, developed musical ear and individual performance contribution, all at least at the level of a bachelor's degree graduate.
The conditions of the admission procedure, including the determination of the method of scoring and its range, are regulated for each academic year by the relevant decree of the Dean, which is subject to approval by the Academic Senate of the Faculty.
Applicability to other types of academic programmes
This programme is a continuation of the Bachelor's degree programme String Instruments. Graduates of the follow-up Master's programme have the opportunity to apply to the doctoral programme in Performance and Theory of Performance at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague or to doctoral programmes focused on music performance at other art schools in the Czech Republic and abroad. More scientifically oriented graduates can also apply for the doctoral programme in Music Theory.
Parts of the state final examination and their contents
The SCP consists of two parts:
- A graduate artistic performance - a solo recital of 75 minutes, possibly with a chamber ensemble of up to 20 minutes (relevant subjects of the profiling basis: Chamber Music Playing 7-10, Playing in the Orchestra 7-10, Guitar Playing 7-10)
- Written work of at least 40 NS
State final examination
- Defence of the graduate artistic performance
- Defence of written work
- Theoretical oral examination: (relevant subjects of the profiling basis: Czech Music Summary 1, 2)
Thematic areas of the theoretical oral examination:
- Significant composers of the Czech Renaissance
- The impact of the presence of the imperial or royal court in the Czech Lands
- Czech Baroque composers
- The phenomenon of Czech composers in emigration
- Significant symphonic poems by Czech composers
- The importance of opera in the period of the National Revival
- Antonín Dvořák's orchestral compositions
- Significant personalities of Czech music of the first half of the 20th century
- Leoš Janáček: inspiration and oeuvre
- Brief characteristics of a composer active after 1945 and his most significant works
Other academic duties
Characterisation of professional practice
Anticipated job placement for graduates (typical employment)
The graduate finds professional employment as an independent freelance artist or a member of chamber and orchestral ensembles, or as a teacher at an art university. He or she has the prerequisites that can lead to continuous collaboration with major arts agencies.
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