Theory and performing Practice of Ancient Music

Bachelor's degree in combined form. The language of instruction is Czech.

The programme can be studied only as a single subject.

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Submission deadline until midnight 29 February 2024.

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.

“To understand 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.

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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.

Admission requirements

This programme is taught in Czech.

The criteria for admission for studies are the results of the Field of Study Examination. The Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University disregards the results of SCIO National Comparative Examinations.

You can file your e-applications for studies from 1 November to 29 February.
The date and time of the examination will be stated in the electronic invitation for the examination, which will be uploaded to your e-application. The faculty will not be sending paper invitations.

Learning Potential Test (TSP)

For admission for studies in this degree programme, you do not need to take the TSP.

Field of Study Examination

This examination is intended to check the applicants’ knowledge of the given field of study. It is done in the form of a CV, written test and a talent examination.

Basic description of the Field of Study Examination:

CV: please upload your CV directly into your e-application, in the section „Doplňující text“ no later than 28 February. Important: in your CV, please indicate your interest in a concrete specialisation (e.g. lute, singing, violin etc.).

Field of study test: the test will check your basic knowledge of musicology and music history up to the 19th century.

Talent examination: The prerequisite is a 17th-18th century repertoire of 10 minutes in length, it can be a solo performance or a performance with continuo accompaniment. The committee will evaluate the individual performances in terms of technique and interpretation on a scale of 0-100 points. Successful completion of the talent test is conditional on achieving at least 50 points in technique and 50 points in performance (interpretation).

Further information regarding the programme can be found here .

Admission without the entrance examination

For admission for studies in this degree programme, you cannot be exempted from taking the entrance examination.

Criteria for evaluation

  • Total number of points in the Field of Study Examination: 200
  • Limit for successfully passing the Field of Study Examination: 100
Points are not deducted for incorrect answers.

Minimum score and numbers of accepted applicants in past years


1 Nov 2023 – 29 Feb 2024

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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.

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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
distance No
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

Do you have any questions?
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Mgr. Michaela Ratolístková



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