Wind Orchestra Conducting

Period of study:

- 2 academic years full time, for holders of a Bachelor's degree from the National Academy of Music;

- 3 academic years, full time, for holders of a Bachelor's degree from other higher education institutions

A total of 60 credits per academic year is required to receive a Master's degree. They are accumulated from the compulsory (70%), elective (20%) and optional (10%) subjects.

Admission: Students are required to take a written exam on topics from a previously announced questionnaire.

Courses of study:

Compulsory: Conducting a wind orchestra from a piano score; 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; Conducting a wind orchestra

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 train students in the sphere of musical art;

- 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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