Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music

 

LATVIAN NAME

Jazepa Vitola Latvijas mŻzikas akadÁmija

FOUNDED

1919 as Latvian Conservatoire, present name since 1991

accredited from 22.11.2001.

RECTOR

Juris Karlsons

ADDRESS

Kr. Barona iela 1, LV- 1050 RÓga, Latvija

TELEPHONE

+371- 7228684

FAX

+371-7820271

WWW

http://www.lmuza.lv

E-MAIL

latmusic@lanet.lv

DEPARTMENTS

Department of Composition,
Department of Music Theory,
Department of Music History,
Special Department of Piano,
Department of String Instruments,
Department of Wind Instruments and Percussion,
Department of Chamber Music,
Department of Conducting,
Department of Vocal Arts,
Department of Music Education,
Department of Choreography.

NUMBER OF STUDENTS

536

ACADEMIC  STAFF

teachers and professors - 181, accompanists - 46

Bachelor's degree programmes
Master's degree programmes

 

 

 

 

 BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAMMES

Fields available

Composition, Piano , Organ, String instruments, Wind instruments and Percussion , Music education , Vocal arts, Choir conducting , Symphonic conducting, Musicology, Choreography

Degree

Bachelor of Arts

Diploma

Bachelor of Arts + name of the respective field

Entrance requirements

Certificate of general secondary education

Entrance examinations

Creative competition and colloquy - evaluation of technical skills of the applicant in the chosen field

Contents of the creative competition and colloquy for different fields of studies are listed below.

Age limit

35 years (in vocal arts - 25 years for women, 27 years for men)

Duration of studies

4 years

Degree requirements

-full mastering of programme
-passing of bachelor's examinations

Programme annotation

Bachelor's programme includes studies in the chosen field of music and courses of general education, such as foreign languages, history of culture, arts and religion, philosophy, psychology, ethics, etc.

Specific regulations of entrance to Bachelor's programmes in different fields of studies

Field of studies

Creative competition

Colloquy

COMPOSITION

2-3 small pieces in various genres (instrumental and vocal miniatures, suites, solo and choral songs, pieces for piano, instrumental ensembles, etc.)

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PIANO

Creative competition- polyphonic work with fugue and 1 virtuoso etude.
Major - large-scale (cyclical or extended) work - possible concerto, virtuoso piece (etude), 1 piece of free choice

Performance of unknown piece of medium difficulty (mastered in 1 hour).
Sight-reading.
Colloquy on subjects of music and art.

STRING INSTRUMENTS

Creative competition. 2 miniatures of various character. Sight-reading.
Major - J.S.Bach Two movements from sonata, partita or suite for solo instrument, I or II and III parts from concerto.

Technical test (scales, etudes, sight-reading).
Free colloquy on various music subjects (major, musical works, composers, performers, etc.).

WIND INSTRUMENTS AND PERCUSSION

Creative competition. Performance of a solo programme (up to 30'), large-scale work, 2 miniatures of various character.

Technical test (scales, etudes, sight-reading).
Free colloquy on various music subjects (major, musical works, composers, performers, etc.).

MUSIC EDUCATION

Test of professional and musical ability. Test of ear for music, vocal ability, score reading. Rhetoric. Instrumental performance (piano, kokle, etc). Pedagogical test.

History of music, history of culture.  Elements of manual conducting technique. Co-ordination, carriage.

VOCAL ART

For admission to preparatory year: Creative competition - 2 songs with lyrics.
Major - 2 songs with lyrics.
For admission to first year of Bachelor's programme:
Creative competition - 1 aria and 2 songs with lyrics.
Major - 2 arias and 2 songs with lyrics.

For admission to preparatory year: no


For admission to first year of Bachelor's programme:
Subjects on history of vocal art and vocal methods. Etudes on actor's skills.

CHOIR CONDUCTING

1. Conducting of 3 choral songs a cappella and 1 large-scale work. One of the a cappella songs should represent renaissance or barocco period. One of a cappella songs should be created by a Latvian composer.
2. Performance by heart of a score of 2 songs a cappella and a large-scale work (introduction and interludes should be played by applicant, choral accompaniment may be played by accompanist).
3. Singing by sight of leading choral parts of one of the a cappella songs and of the large-scale work.

Applicants are provided with colloquy subjects in advance.

SYMPHONIC CONDUCTING

Major (Conducting). Creative competition -
a) symphonic Allegro or overture of Haydn, Mozart or other composer; 1 lyrical work for string orchestra;
b) orchestral work of free choice - 30 min.
c) score reading of medium difficulty.

 

CONDUCTING OF MILITARY ORCHESTRA

Wind instrument. 3 pieces of various character up to 20 min.
Conducting.

 

MUSICOLOGY

Creative competition -  Music literature:
Characterisation of composer
Ęs creative work. Characterisation of large-scale works. Test of musical knowledge (recognising music in the recording and by sight, play themes).
2.Solfeggio.
3-part dictation. Detection of musical elements by ear. Singing melody with and without accompaniment. Analysis of music fragment by ear.
Harmony
Harmonisation of melody. Playing of sequences, tonal and modulating periods. Analysis of piece by sight including subjects of harmony, theory, analysis of musical works, form and polyphony.

 

CHOREOGRAPHY

.Creative competition and major.
Applicant creates a choreographic composition to the musical material provided; test of musical ability (ear and rhythm).
Classical dance.
Test of knowledge in classical dance. Practice at the wall, in the hall and a small ďallegroĒ fragment. Examination also includes elements of the Latvian dance with the technical trend.

 

General level of culture, outlook in literature, arts, music, knowledge about the Dance Festivals and dance groups.

ALL SECTIONS

Colloquy on music literature and theory. For composers, musicologists, conductors, teachers of music- piano playing. Test in Latvian language

 Master's degree programmes

Fields available

Composition, Piano, Organ, String instruments, Wind instruments and Percussion, Music education, Vocal art, Choir conducting, Symphonic conducting, Musicology, Chamber ensemble and accompaniment, Choreography

Degree

Master of Arts

Diploma

Master of Arts + name of the respective field

Entrance requirements

Bachelor's degree or diploma of higher academic education in certain field of arts

Entrance examinations

 Major and colloquy , foreign language, colloquy on thesis.

Contents of the creative competition and colloquy for different fields of studies are listed below.

Duration of studies

2 years

Degree requirements

Full mastering of the programme of studies, elaboration and defence of a Master's work

Programme annotation

Programme of Master's degree is envisaged for talented students who have proved their talent and diligence during previous studies and have successfully passed entrance examinations. If previous education of the applicant does not correspond to the chosen field, one has to master independently additional academic programmes determined by the corresponding departments.
During the Master's programme a student has to develop ability to master large-scale concert programmes working independently and orientating in various styles of music one's field. It is possible to specialise in a definite style and make its more profound research (barocco, classicism, romanticism, and contemporary music). Student has to master analysis of form, problems of interpretation and style, to deepen knowledge in psychology, philosophy, foreign languages and to defend a Masterís work.

Specific regulations of entrance to Master's programmes in different fields of studies

Field of studies

Major

COMPOSITION

Presentation of independently created orchestral and chambers music works

PIANO

Performance of a solo programme consisting of 2 - 3 pieces of various styles (45 - 60 minutes).

STRING INSTRUMENTS

Performance of a programme (60 minutes) including J.S. Bach, large- scale work, miniatures of various character, Mozart's sonata for violinists, barocco sonata for cellists, etc.

WIND INSTRUMENTS AND PERCUSSION

Performance of a solo programme (up to 45minutes) - 2 large-scale works and  4 miniatures.

MUSIC EDUCATION

Written paper (3 hours) "Why I have chosen this field and what would I like to study".
Creative programme (20')- rhetoric, singing, instrumental performance, improvisation.

VOCAL ARTS

Solo programme consisting of works of various styles (up to 25').

CHOIR CONDUCTING

Examination in conducting and playing of a score.
Conducting of vocal instrumental work or its movement (10 -12 min) and playing of a score together with accompanist.
Work with a choir.
Applicants are working for 3 days 1 hour (60 min.) daily with the Choir conducting department choir mastering 2 songs according to the choice of commission. Afterwards songs are performed in concert version. Evaluating work with a choir commission considers applicant
Ęs work with intonation (ear for music), vocal work with a choir and good voice abilities, score playing skill, understanding of style and artistic value of performance. Songs for work with a choir are issued upon submitting necessary documents for entrance procedure.

CONDUCTING OF SYMPHONIC AND MILITARY ORCHESTRA

Conducting and playing of score.
Work with an orchestra.

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE CLASS

Applicants have to submit the list of previously mastered repertoire. On audition applicant has to perform 3 chamber ensembles of various styles. During the examination ability for quick mastering of repertoire will be tested (a score of unknown work is provided 1 week before audition).

ACCOMPANIMENT CLASS

1. Differentiation is possible:
major in accompaniment of vocal and instrumental chamber music,
major in accompaniment of opera scores.
2. Applicants are to submit a list of repertoire. On examination applicant has to perform:
2 pieces of various styles,
accompaniment for major in chamber music - 6 works of various styles (2 instrumental works, one of them - arrangement of orchestral work),
accompaniment for major in opera -  4 arias of various styles, 1 instrumental work, 1 song.

MUSICOLOGY

 

Colloquy in major- students have to submit a text of research paper or one chapter and plan for Masterís thesis. Colloquy on topics of the research paper and plan and colloquy on references used, on actual topics of music, musicology and musicís pedagogy.
Colloquy on theory of music:
Analysis of large-scale works, including knowledge of history of music, knowledge in different disciplines of musicís theory and analytical skills.  

CHOREOGRAPHY

Competition in major.
Creating of choreographic composition.

ALL FIELDS

 

Examination in foreign language and colloquy on topics of Masterís thesis. Plan for Masterís thesis should be submitted together with other documents. One should be able to explain main topics of thesis and to give overview on related literature.

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