Music Academy

 

Music exists in our lives as an exceptionally complex phenomenon, as an art and as a science which requires not just having a natural gift but also long and thorough studies. We are ready to accept talented young people who have chosen to follow the path of music and help them become professional performers and educators of highest qualifications.

 

Assoc. Prof. Saulius Gerulis, Dean of the VMU Music Academy

Кaunas boasts deep-rooted traditions of training professional musicians, continuing since at least the beginning of the 20th century. Artists that were groomed in a Kaunas’ music school of higher education during the interwar period contributed vastly to the culture of both the provisional capital and the country. Suspended during the Soviet years, the training of musicians with highest qualification resumed in Kaunas in 1989.

VMU Music Academy is a constantly changing, dynamic part of the university, where the best traditions of music education (great attention to the mastering of the performing arts, the lecturers sharing their professional experience directly and teaching a particular specialty in a consistent manner) are balanced with broad general university education (studies of the languages, the humanities and social sciences), helping to educate an individual who is intellectual, creative and able to easily adapt to the job market.

The Music Academy is maintaining and constantly strengthening close ties with social partners, heads and employees of various cultural and educational institutions (theatres, music collectives, philharmonics, music schools and gymnasiums). These ties help to create conditions for the future professionals to acquire practical experience in concerts and pedagogy while they are still studying, and successfully fill a job position in the same field after they have graduated. Close contact between the lecturers and the students during the studies often evolves into further creative collaborations.

Currently the VMU Music Academy prepares professional performers of instrumental music, singers, choral conductors and teachers. It has recently started offering the fulltime Master’s degree programme of Performance Art in English. The programme can be studied while focusing on one of the following specializations: piano, strings (guitar, alto, double-bass, violin, cello), brass and woodwind (bassoon, flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, baritone, trombone, tuba), percussion and jazz (bass guitar, singing, flute, piano, guitar, clarinet, percussion, saxophone, trumpet, trombone), stage genre singing, accompaniment, chamber ensemble (strings, woodwind, brass, piano and percussion), concert genre singing, and conducting.

Faculty In Brief

Community

  • approx. 220 students
  • approx. 100 lecturers
  • approx. 30 accompanists

Structure

  • Departments of Singing, Jazz, Piano, Music Theory and Pedagogy, Instrumental Music

Master’s Degree Studies in English

BA and MA Courses in English

Exchange Opportunities

One-semester studies at the universities in Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom by Erasmus exchange programme and by VMU bilateral collaborative agreements. Two-semester studies at one of the member universities of Campus Europae. Students may gain practical experience by making use of Erasmus work placement programme in enterprises and organisations in all EU countries as well as in Island, Norway, Lichtenstein, Turkey and Switzerland.

Student and Teacher Activities

  • Mixed Choir
  • VMU Music Academy Chamber Orchestra

The lecturers and students of the Music Academy often engage in collaborative activities, such as concerts, music projects, preparation and participation in concerts (in Lithuania and abroad). Some of the academy’s students play in a symphony orchestra, brass and percussion ensembles, regularly perform in concerts and participate in continuing artistic projects both in Lithuania and abroad.