Bachelor in Music Oriented at Education — Choir Conducting Oriented at Education

General

Program Description

Music Oriented at Education

The aim is to educate students in the area of music theory and praxis.

The basis is put on disciplines necessary in musical education – music theory, harmony, counterpoint, history of music, musical forms. The practical part is based on instrument playing, voice training, vocal sight singing and conducting techniques.

Graduates should be prepared for getting a job in educational institutions for musical activities of children, in cultural institutions, museums, etc. They are not prepared for an independent profession of a music teacher. For teaching qualifications, it is necessary to continue in the Master's program.


Choir Conducting

The aim is to provide a system of basic theoretical knowledge and practical conducting skills. The main subjects are: conducting technique, playing of vocal scores, vocal education in the choir, aural analysis, history of choral singing, literature for all kinds of choirs.

Graduates should be prepared for getting a job in educational institutions for musical activities of children, in cultural institutions, museums, etc. They are not prepared for an independent activity of the conductor. For the full qualification of the choral conductor, it is necessary to continue in the Master's program.


Description of verification and evaluation criteria

  1. Exam in the first branch – maximum of 40 points (Music)
  2. Exam in the second branch – maximum of 40 points (Choir)

Total score – 80 points maximum.


Music Oriented at Education

Singing – maximum of 10 points

The applicant must prepare and perform:

  • 2 contrasting, unaccompanied folk songs from either the student’s native country of the Czech Republic.

The applicant should perform the songs by memory, with attention to healthy vocal technique.


Musicianship – maximum of 20 points

The applicant will be asked to:

  • Transpose the folk songs, starting on different notes and in different keys.
  • Sing major and minor scales, including a natural, melodic and harmonic minor.
  • Match any pitch from the piano.
  • Identify perfect, major, minor intervals; major, minor triads in root position and both inversions; dominant 7th chord in root position.
  • Sing back a simple melody after hearing it played twice on the piano by the examiner.
  • Hear a rhythmic pattern once and clap it correctly.
  • Listen to a short melody and tap the main beat.
  • Demonstrate vocal improvisation and creativity by completing an 8-bar melody after hearing the first 4 bars.

The number of points is given by a complex evaluation of individual parts of musicality given above.


Instrumental Performance – maximum. 10 points

The applicant must be able to play either the piano or the violin. Please note that all violinists are required to have at least a minimum piano proficiency.

At the audition, the applicant should be prepared to play:

a) Piano

  • 2 Etudes, e.g. Czerny op. 261, 299, 849.
  • 1 Baroque composition, e.g. Bach: Two-parts Inventions, Little Preludes, and Fugues.
  • 1 movement from a classical sonata or sonatina.
  • 1 romantic composition.
  • 1 composition written in the 20th century.
  • 1 folk song with a student's own harmonic accompaniment and its transposition in various keys.

It is not necessary to play the compositions by heart.

b) Violin

  • Major and minor scales and chords in three octaves.
  • 2 etudes, e.g. Mazas, Kreutzer.
  • 1 movement from a violin concerto or other violin composition.
  • 1 folk song and its transposition in various keys.

It is not necessary to play the compositions by heart.


Moreover, the applicant can perform other instruments that can be used at school (recorder, guitar, flute, etc.).


Choir Conducting

The applicant will be asked to:

  1. Sing parts of choral compositions with a record: A. Dvořák: Eja mater from Stabat mater (soprano and alto, or tenor and bass). Maximum 6 points.
  2. Sight sing a simple unison song. Maximum 6 points.
  3. Conduct B. Smetana: Má hvězda (My Star), Západ slunce (The Sunset) from Three women songs) with piano accompaniment. Maximum 7 points.
  4. Conduct A. Dvořák: Slavonic Dance No. 8, with a record. Maximum 7 points.
  5. Play choral scores on the piano: W. A. Mozart: Ave verum corpus, mixed choir a capella. Maximum 7 points.
  6. Sight-reading and playing on a piano simple three-part choral score. Maximum 7 points.

Exam in the first branch – maximum of 40 points (Music)

Exam in the second branch – maximum of 40 points (Choir)

Total score – 80 points maximum.


Conditions for admission

Admission to Bachelor's studies is conditioned by completed secondary education confirmed by a school-leaving certificate.

Verification method: entrance exam
Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: 23.04.2019 until: 26.04.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: 13.05.2019 until: 14.05.2019


Recommended literature, sample questions

Music Oriented at Education
Taylor, E. The AB Guide to Music Theory, part I, II.
Parts and scores of European classical music from the 18th to 20th centuries.


Choir Conducting
Parts and scores of European classical vocal and vocal-instrumental music of 18th to 20th century.


Preparatory course

It's possible to ask for individual consultations in advance.


Graduate Profile

The graduate of the bachelor branch Musical Education oriented at Education is competent for a lector, assistant, free time pedagogue or tutor at the leisure activities of children, youth and adults in the sphere of music education; in the field of culture, educational activities or in professions based on the professional basis of the subject.

Graduates are prepared for the management of all types of choirs (children, female, male, mixed). It can be applied in musical educational institutions in the government and private sector, as an assistant in facilities for recreational activities, in the churches, in the fields of culture and education. The graduate does not qualify as a teacher.


Career Prospect

Music Oriented at Education

Graduates are able to understand, analyze, evaluate, vocally and instrumentally perform music. Graduates would find possibilities to work in different government and private institutions, work as assistants in institutions for spare-time activities of children and young people. Graduates of bachelor courses are not qualified as teachers.


Choir Conducting

Graduates possess knowledge and skills in both components: special and general education. They acquire basic awareness about teacher’s work through an introduction to pedagogy, social pedagogy and motivational practice and basic psychological disciplines. The curriculum's outcome is not a qualification for teaching.

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

The Faculty of Education is one of seventeen faculties associated under the umbrella of the Charles University in Prague. Its primary goal is to train teachers and other pedagogical personnel for all ... Read More

The Faculty of Education is one of seventeen faculties associated under the umbrella of the Charles University in Prague. Its primary goal is to train teachers and other pedagogical personnel for all types of schools and school systems, at various levels of study (Bachelors and Masters) and forms. Read less