Wind Orchestra Conducting

Period of study: 5 academic years, full time.

A total of 300 credits is required, i.e. 60 credits for each year of full-time study. They are accumulated from the compulsory (70%), elective (20%) and optional (10%) subjects. By decision of the department in which the students are taking their majors, they can acquire 10 additional credits for remarkable achievements in the sphere of musical art and study.

 Courses of study:

Compulsory: Conducting a wind orchestra from a piano score; Conducting a wind orchestra; Solfeggio; Harmony; History of music; History of Bulgarian music; Ethnomusicology; Piano; Study of musical instruments; Foreign language; Polyphony; Symphonic orchestration; Score reading; Musical analysis; Musical aesthetics

Elective: Pedagogy; Philosophy; Choral workshop; Conducting a choir from a piano score; Choral studies; Music psychology; Voice training; Educational psychology; Orchestration for wind ensemble; Choir repertoire and literature; Critical analysis of concert performances; Basics of multimedia; Musical acoustics; Music management; Church music; Methods of piano teaching; History of jazz; Improvisation; Opera dramaturgy; Ethics; Philosophy of music

Optional: Foreign languages – 1 and 2; Sports; History of art

Professional qualifications of the graduates:

- To conduct wind orchestras and bands, music for cinema and TV productions, radio and TV shows, dramatic, puppet and other performances, choreographic and dance performances;

- To teach conducting, orchestra and ensemble performance and orchestration for wind ensemble;

- To manage the organization and functioning of musical ensembles, organizations and institutes;

- To do research work in the field of the art of conducting.

Career opportunities: in professional and amateur ensembles and other formations; in music education institutes; in editorial offices, etc., wind orchestra conductor, artistic director, lecturer, editor and expert in methods of conducting.

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