Wind Instruments Department

Associate Professor BÁNK Harkay – Head of Department


The Academy of Music Wind Instruments Department started offering courses in 1954 when the first generation of students enrolled. The Department followed in the footsteps of the long tradition of playing and teaching wind instruments in Croatia. Wind instruments have been formally taught since 1788 at the first public music school in Zagreb. Wind instruments courses had been a part of the Music Institute in Zagreb curriculum since 1827. Rudolf Klepač, Stanko Selak, Josip Nochta, Prerad Detiček and Theo Tabaka are just some of the wind instrument teachers that have contributed to the high level of work in the Department, and have trained new generations of musicians.


During their integrated university studies at the Department, students acquire and master the skill of playing an 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, and others, and practical disciplines, Chamber Music, Study of Orchestral Parts, Orchestra, Related Instruments, provide the foundations for a broad and thorough study programme. Among elective courses, students can choose those that deepen or broaden their existing knowledge, as well as those that develop new knowledge. Upon the successful completion of some of the elective modules in their entirety (Pedagogical Module, Jazz Music, Early Music, Contemporary Music, Sound Engineering, Cultural Management, Leading an Ensemble), students gain additional professional competences.

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


Graduates of the Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate University Study Programme for Instrumentalists tracks: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba can work as independent artists and/or performers: either as soloists and members of chamber ensembles, or as orchestral musicians. They are also qualified to collaborate or work independently in the fields of culture, education, tourism, in festival productions, in the media and other related areas.

After completing the elective pedagogical module in its entirety, graduates are trained to work in primary and secondary music schools as teachers of appropriate instruments and chamber music.


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