Theory and performing Practice of Ancient Music

To understand music.

What will you learn?

Study is focused to the theory of music performance of early music and its practical aplications. Circa the two thirds of study content consist of lectures and seminars (history and theory of early music, paleography, rhetorics, counterpoint, ornamentation, basso continuo etc.). The rest are individual practical instrumental or vocal lessons led by lecturers according to individual specializations (singing, viola da gamba, violoncello, lute, flauto traverso, recorder, harpsichord, organ), ensemble playing and specialized workshops. The proportion between theoretical disciplines and practical subjects coming-out of the necessity of interdisciplinary aproach to the interpretation of early music.

Practical training

Practical training is an obligatory part of the curriculum for this field in chosen specialisation of musical instrument or singing to an extent of 60 hours of individual performing practice and 180 hours of group workshops. Practical training starts in the first semester.

Further information

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of the study will be graduate able to have an understanding of the early music issues: period performance practices, ornamentation and diminution, period instruments and their intonations, historical concepts of style in music etc. He will be able to analyze: score in terms of musical rhetoric; musical form with special emphasis on tempo and metrum; notation systems, basso continuo part etc. All the theoretical issues will graduate apply in active performance on period instruments according to individual specialization (singing, lute, baroque violin, viola, traverso, recorder, viola da gamba, violoncello harpsichord, organ).

The graduates of this study programme have knowledge and skills to be able to

perform in pedagogical disciplines, academic institutions and artistic ensembles focusing on performing practice of ancient music.

Study options

Single-subject studies

Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.

Follow-up studies

After completion of the Bachelor's studies, it is possible to continue further studies in Master's degree programme of Musicology (after satisfying the admission requirements).

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Bachelor's
Mode full-time No
combined Yes
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies No
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction Czech

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Mgr. Jan Karafiát



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