Conducting, Harp and Percussion Department

Full Professor Art. Igor Lešnik – Head of Department

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

Conducting had been thought as a course for students of Composition, Theory and Pedagogy at the Academy of Music Composition Department from 1921. In 1944, Conducting joined Composition, as a major subject in the study programme. Through the reform of the departments and curricula of the Academy of Music in 1977, Conducting was separated from Composition, and Conducting Department was formed, augmented by Harp and Percussion in 1999.

A number of prominent conductors have taught at the Department, including Friedrich Zaun, Fran Lhotka, Milan Horvat, Jovan Šajnović, Slavko Zlatić, Igor Gjadrov, Pavle Dešpalj, Vjekoslav Šutej and Uroš Lajovic.

Harp has been a course at the Academy of Music since its beginnings thanks to the activities of Lujza Holub, and the first professor of Harp as a major subject was Ruda Ravnik-Kosi from 1971 to 1980. Marija Mlinar continued with the work in 1992. The department was joint by two current professors in 2002 and 2005 respectively.

The establishment of the Principal Study in Percussion in 1988 can be considered a turning point for Croatian percussive art, bearing in mind that academic education started to encourage solo, chamber and composing activities related to percussion.

The Symphony Orchestra, Choir, Chamber Choir and biNgBang – the Percussion Ensemble of the Academy of Music are active within the Department, and they produce a large number of concerts and projects, including their regular appearances in the cycles of the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, at the Zagreb Music Biennale, and elsewhere. The intense international activity of the Percussion Ensemble since they joined the Department has included performances on four continents.

ABOUT THE STUDY PROGRAMME

At this Department one can study one of the three integrated undergraduate and graduate university study programmes: Conducting, Harp and Percussion. After the first joint year of study, students of Conducting can opt for either Conducting or Choral Conducting track.

Conducting / Choral conducting

The principal study programme in Conducting, with its main subjects (Conducting, Choral Conducting, Operatic Literature and Piano Accompaniment) provides students with the necessary skills to lead various instrumental, vocal and mixed ensembles and introduces them to a wealth of musical literature for a variety of instruments and ensembles. These skills are complemented with theoretical disciplines such as Solfeggio, Harmony, Polyphony, Music Forms and Styles, History of Music, Instrumentation, and practical disciplines such as Piano, Basics of Vocal Technique, Choir and Orchestra. After the joint first year of study, the programme is divided into two tracks: Conducting (with the focus on instrumental ensembles) and Choral Conducting (with the focus on vocal ensembles).

Among elective subjects, students can choose those that deepen or broaden their existing knowledge, as well as those that develop new knowledge. The elective module in Pedagogy introduces students to basic theoretical and practical knowledge in music pedagogy.

The study programme is completed after passing all the required exams, writing a thesis, as well as by passing the final exam in which a student publicly performs a concert programme before the committee.

Harp / Percussion

During their studies, students acquire and master the skills of playing the instrument, which is the principal subject of study, and gain knowledge in skills related to their chosen area of study.

The theoretical subjects such as Solfeggio, Harmony, Musical Forms and Styles, History of Music, Literature and others, and practical disciplines, Chamber Music, Study of Orchestral Parts, Orchestra, provide the foundations for a broad and thorough study programme.

Among elective subjects, students can choose those that deepen or broaden their existing knowledge, as well as those that develop new knowledge. Upon the successful completion of one of the elective modules in its entirety (Pedagogical Module, Jazz Music, Early Music, Contemporary Music, Sound Engineering, Cultural Management, Leading an Ensemble), students acquire additional competencies in more specialist professional areas.

The study programme is completed after passing all the required exams, writing a thesis, and by giving a public performance of the final exam in the form of a solo recital.

COMPETENCES GAINED IN THE STUDY PROGRAMMES:

Upon the completion of the Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate Study Programme in Conducting, Masters of Music are qualified to lead professional and amateur orchestras, choirs and similar ensembles, as well as to promote other appropriate musical activities. They can also be accompanists in professional opera houses. In the wider area of the music industry, they can work in music publishing, music production and distribution, music management, and in the media. After completing the pedagogical module, they are able to work in primary and secondary music schools as teachers of conducting and music theory.

Masters of Music, graduates of the Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate Study Programme for Instrumentalists can work as independent performers, either as soloists and members of chamber ensembles or as orchestral musicians. They are also qualified for collaborative and individual work in the field of culture, education, tourism and festival productions, mass media and other similar activities.

With the fully completed elective pedagogical module, they are trained to work in primary and secondary music schools as teachers of an appropriate instrument and chamber music.

Conducting

Associate Professor Art. Jasenka Ostojic – Choir, Chamber Choir, Basics of Vocal Technique, Children’s Choir

Full Professor Art. Mladen Tarbuk – Conducting, Orchestra

Associate Professor Art. Tomislav Fačini – Choral Conducting, Compulsory Conducting, Elective Conducting, Chamber Music

Assistant Professor Art. Ivan Josip Skender – Operatic Repertoire Coaching, Compulsory Conducting, Elective Conducting

Matija Fortuna, Teaching Assistant – Conducting courses

 

Percussion

Full Professor Art. Igor Lešnik – Head of Department – Percussion, Percussion Teaching Methods

Associate Professor Art. Ivana Bilić – Percussion

Božidar Rebić, Lecturer – Chamber Music, Percussion Ensemble, Study of Orchestral Parts, Percussion

Damir Gregurić, Senior Artistic Associate – Accompaniment

Harp

Associate Professor Art. Diana Grubišić Ćiković – Harp, Harp Teaching Methods, Chamber Music

Assistant Professor Art.  Mirjam Lučev Debanić – Harp, Study of Orchestral Parts

List of required and elective courses and/or modules with class hours and ECTS credits

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   1st
Semester:   1st and 2nd
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR COURSES Conducting A1 30* 4 O
Choir Conducting 1 30* 4 O
Playing from Score A1 30* 4 O
Piano A1 30* 6 O
MAJOR – RELATED COURSES Harmony A1 120* 8 O
Harmony with Practice A1 30* 4 O
Solfeggio A1 60* 4 O
Vocal Technique Basics A 60* 6
Music History 1 60 4 O
GENERAL COURSES Choir 1 120* 6 O
Foreign Language 1 50 10 4 O
Arts 60 4 O
Physical Education 1 60 2 O
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules E

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   2nd
Semester:   3rd and 4th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR COURSES MODULE CONDUCTING Conducting A2 60* 10 O
MODULE CHOIR CONDUCTING Choir Conducting 2 60* 10 O
Osnove pjevanja 30* 2 O
Playing from Score A2 30* 4 O
Study and coaching of opera literature 1 60* 4 O
Piano A2 30* 6 O
MAJOR – RELATED COURSES Harmony A2 60* 6 O
Harmony with Practice A2 30* 4 O
Solfeggio A2 60* 4 O
Music History 2 60 4 O
GENERAL COURSES Choir 2 60 60 6 O
Foreign Language 2 50 10 4 O
Physical Education 2 60 2 O
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules 2 E

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   3rd
Semester:   5th and 6th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR COURSES MODULE CONDUCTING Conducting A3 60* 16 O
Orchestra Practice 1 60* 4 O
MODULE CHOIR CONDUCTING Choir Conducting 3 60* 16 O
Chamber Choir 1 60* 4 O
Playing from Score A3 30* 4 O
Study and coaching of opera literature 2 60* 4 O
Piano A3 30* 6 O
Instrumentation 1 90* 4 O
MAJOR – RELATED COURSES Musical Forms and Styles A1 60* 4 O
Polyphony A1 90* 8
Solfeggio A3 60* 4 O
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules 6 E

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   4th
Semester:   7th and 8th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR COURSES MODULE CONDUCTING Conducting 4 60* 16 O
Orchestra Practice 2 60* 4 O
MODULE CHOIR CONDUCTING Choir Conducting 4 60* 16
Chamber Choir 2 60* 6 O
Playing from a ScoreA4 30* 4 O
Study and coaching of opera literature 3 60* 4 O
Piano A4 30* 6 O
Instrumentation 2 90* 4 O
MAJOR – RELATED COURSES Musical Forms and Styles A2 60* 4 I
Polyphony A2 90* 8
Solfeggio A4 60* 4 O
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules 4 E

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   5th
Semester:   9th and 10th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR COURSES MODULE CONDUCTING Conducting 5 60* 20 O
Orchestra Practice 3 60* 4 O
MODULE CHOIR CONDUCTING Choir Conducting 5 60* 20 O
Chamber Choir 3 60* 6 O
Study and coaching of opera literature 4 60* 4 O
Playing from a ScoreA5 30* 4 O
Piano A5 30* 6 O
Final Thesis 12 O
MAJOR – RELATED COURSES Aspects of contemporary music 60 6 O
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules 4 E

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   1st-5th
Semester:   1st -10th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR – RELATED ELECTIVE COURSES Introduction to Compostition 1 60* 10 I
Introduction to Music Literature 60 8 I
Harpsicodr Practice 1, 2 60* 4 I
Figured bass with improvisation 1 30* 2 I
Early Music Performance Practice 30* 4 I
Children’s Choir 15* 2
Harp with Practice 30* 4 I
Percussion B1 60* 4 I
GENERAL ELECTIVE COURSES Music Informatics 1 30 4 I
Music Informatics 2 30 4 I
Music Aesthetics 60 3 I
World Music 28 2 3 I
Music Psychology 45 5 I
Music Pedagogy 45 5 I
Chamber Choir 1,2 60* 4 I
Introduction to Music Therapy 30 45 6 I
Scientific Research Basics 14 16 3 I
Theory and History of Music Critique 2 14 14 3 I
Introduction to Ethnomusicology B 39 6 5 I
Introduction to Musicology with Practice 30 15 5 I
Choir 3 -5 120* 6 I
PEDAGOGICAL MODULE Psychology of Musical Education 60 4 E
Didactics 60 4 E
Basics of Musical Pedagogy 60 10 E
Teaching Methods for Theoretical Subjects 30 30 6 E
Teaching Practice 1 & 2 30 30 6 E
SOUND ENGINEER MODULE Musical Acoustics** 60 30 6 E
Electroacoustic and Audio techniques (after 2nd semester) 60 30 6 E
Recording and Sound Processing (after 4th semester) 60 30 6 E
CULTURAL MANAGMENT MODULE Basic Profession Rules** 15 15 15 5 E
Social and Legal Aspects of Music** 30 4 E
Entrepreneurial Project in Culture (after 2nd semester) 30 5 E
Copyright  (after 2nd semester) 60 4 E

 

Classes marked * are mentored artistic classes

 

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