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Early Music Practice

Early Music Performance Practice

Three-year full time Bachelor of Arts programme

The study programme offers theoretical as well as practical instruction in the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Systematic study of practical skills is combined with courses in the theory and history of music focussing on the output of the baroque and classic periods. An important part of the study consists of masterclasses of historical interpretation practice of the 17th and 18th centuries. The study programme encompasses research carried out in archives and libraries with the aim of producing annotated editions of historical musical manuscripts.
Students can specialize in the following major subjects: Baroque Violin (instructor Lenka Koubková-Torgersen), Baroque Cello (instructor Marek Štryncl) and Baroque Flute (instructor Jana Semerádová).

Besides practical lessons in the major subject, which guide students through the interpretation of music of different styles of pre-romantic music and the specific techniques of playing, the study programme includes a course in the history of music of late-renaissance to classic period, the study of music forms and a course on conducting academic research. The theoretical-practical disciplines include aural analysis, harmony and counterpoint, formal analysis of musical compositions and practical study of figured bass. Ensemble playing and masterclassses in the performance practice of the 17th– and 18th-century music guided by renowned specialists from various European countries form an integral parts of the study programme.

The Early Music Performance Practice study programme benefits from international collaboration of many years’ standing with cultural institutes, festivals and musical universities abroad. The specialized musical subjects on the programme as well as the supplementary masterclasses are conducted by performing artists from the Czech Republic as well as by musicians and pedagogues-specialists from some of the top institutions around the world, such as Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris and Lyon, University of Oregon, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen and Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag. Students take part in the classes of the Académie de Sablé à Prague, organized in collaboration with the French Institute in Prague, the international music festival in Sablé, France, and with the Conservatoire national superiéur de musique et de danse in Paris.

An important part of the study programme is academic research carried out in archives. The results of students’ research, such as editions of manuscript music materials, regularly appear on the programmes of students’ concerts. The research activities carried out by the teachers have resulted in some musical and scenic projects produced by the ensemble in residence Collegium Marianum, mostly in modern-day premieres.


University: Charles University, Prague,  Czech Republic

Faculty: Faculty of Education, M. D. Rettigové 4, 110 00 Prague 1

Accredited External Campus: Collegium Marianum

Study Programme: Specialization  in Pedagogy

Departments: Early Music Performance Practice

Form and Length of Study: Three-year full time Bachelor of Arts programme

Qualification: Bachelor of Arts Degree

Conditions for entry on the course are based on the successful completion of study at music conservatoire and on audition on a period instrument (string instrument candidates must play with a baroque bow). The audition comprises two parts: performance on the instrument of choice (one compulsory piece and one of the candidate’s choice) and a test of  aural abilities, music theory and singing from sight reading.  In the aural examination the candidate is expected to demonstrate his or her interest in the field, namely his or her motivation for study.

The study programme is concluded by a BA Final Examination (BZK) which includes a graduate’s concert with orchestra and the examination of the BA thesis. The BA thesis requirements include mastering of musical-historical rudiments and the basics of editing practice.

The commencement of the study programme is to be announced in the autumn of the academic year preceding the first year of study. Those interested in a preparatory course of study may apply on the email of the Director Mgr. Pavla Semerádová, pavla@collegiummarianum.cz, starting with January 2012.