Application and Admissions

Applications and Admissions 2020/2021

JVLMA admissions schedule for the academic year 2020/2021:
Registration of documents – August 24-27

Professional Bachelor’s Study Programmes:
Admission examinations – September 7-10
Signing of study agreements – September 15-16

Professional Master’s Study Programme “Music and Performing Arts”:
Admission examinations – September 2-4
Signing of study agreements – September 8-9

Academic Master’s Study Programme “Music”:
Admission examinations – August 31
Signing of study agreements – September 2

Academic Doctor’s Study Programme “Musicology”:
Admission examinations – August 31
Signing of study agreements – September 2

Applications for studies with tuition fee are open for all study programmes specified in the admission regulations. Applications for state-budget funded studies are available for citizens of European Union countries and their family members, citizens of European Economic Area countries and their family members, individuals who have the status of Permanent Resident of European Community, as well as citizens of Swiss Confederation.

Admissions are organized to:

Professional Bachelor's Degree Study Programmes

  • Instrumental Music
  • Conducting
  • Vocal Music
  • Music Theory and History
  • Composition
  • Choreography
  • General Education Music Teacher
  • Professional Music Subject Teacher
  • Music and Performing Arts
  • Music Teacher
  • Dance and Rhytmics Teacher

Professional Master's Study Programmes

  • Music and Performing Arts
    • Music
    • Choreography

Academic Master's Degree Programme

  • Music
    • Musicology
    • Ethnomusicology
    • Instrumental Music
    • Vocal Music
    • Composition
    • Conducting

Doctoral study programme

  • Musicology
    • Historic musicology
    • Systematic musicology
    • Ethnomusicology

Upon successful completion of the state accredited study programme students receive a state recognised document and degree:

  • Higher Professional Education Diploma;
  • Master's Diploma or Doctor’s Diploma;
  • Professional Bachelor's Degree in Music, Music Pedagogy or Choreography and a Level 5 qualification;
  • Professional Master's Degree in Music or Choreography;
  • Master's Degree in Arts and Humanities;
  • Doctor of Arts Scientific Degree (Dr.art.).

Students wishing to apply through the Socrates Erasmus exchange programme must approach their home institution, complete the Erasmus application form and sign the study contract. Students should apply by November 15th for spring semester studies or by May 15th for autumn semester studies.

General Information

All applicants must pass entrance examinations regardless of the form of studies (state budget group, self-financed studies, partially self-financed studies, et al.), previous education type (music school, music college, private studies, etc.) or nationality. Successfully passed entrance examinations are a necessary precondition for immatriculation.

Applicants are accepted for studies in state budget group in order of competition. Those who do not pass the competition but produce sufficient results in entrance examinations can apply for self-financed studies.

Entrance examinations take place annually in late June - beginning of July; immatriculation takes place in late August; registration and study agreements are signed in late August. Academic year begins on September 1.

Admission Process

JVLMA will host an Open Doors Day on April 14, 2020.

JVLMA will provide consultations for applicants on April 25, 2020. 

JVLMA does not provide accomodation. Collaboration exists with the Riga Stradiņš University hostel on Hipokrāta Iela 3, where accomodation for JVLMA students may be available upon their requests.

JVLMA provides accompanists for applicants that require piano accompaniments for the admission examinations. Please contact Head of the Accompaniment Department, Professor Dace Kļava until May 31, 2020 via e-mail: - indicating your instrument or voice group. Belated requests for accompanists' services shall not be processed.

Important note: if the education documents of the applicant were issued abroad, a certificate from the Academic Information Centre must be added, stating the corresponding level of the document in terms of the Latvian education system. All submitted documents must be in the Latvian language.

Additional Requirements for Bachelor's Programmes

Necessary preconditions - secondary education confirmed by certificate of general or professional secondary education and previous musical education. Applicants must prove their knowledge and skills in three different kind of examinations:

  • Examination in major demonstrates applicant`s professional skills. According to the requirements of each speciality applicant must perform (sing, conduct, dance, submit compositions, essays, etc.) works of different styles, genres and technical difficulty. 
  • Colloquium reveals applicant's general outlook, one`s main interests, ability to discuss cultural processes, knowledge on basic problems of music literature, theory and interpretation in the chosen field. 
  • Set of three examinations - music literature, solfeggio and music theory - reveals applicant`s theoretical grounding for studies at the Academy. The set includes written tests (music literature, aural test, harmonization of melody, etc.), practical tests (vocal sightreading, repetition of chord chains, etc.), as well as theory questions (analysis of harmony and form). 
  1. String Instruments
  2. Historic Instruments
  3. Accordion
  4. Jazz Music (instrumental), (vocal)
  5. Organ Performance
  6. Wind Instruments and Percussions
  7. Piano Performance
  8. Choreography
  9. Composition
  10. Symphony Orchestra Conducting
  11. Choir Conducting
  12. Vocal Music
  13. Music History and Theory

Contents of additional requirements examinations may vary from year to year. Please contact Study Programmes Department for up-to-date information for your programme/specialization.

Additional Requirements for Master's Programmes

Necessary pre-conditions - Bachelor`s degree in music/choreography, as well as successfully passed entrance examinations. Applicants for Master`s studies must pass two entrance examinations:

  • In major applicant must perform a programme, level of which is determined by specific requirements of each speciality. Choreographers must present self-prepared choreography, musicologists must perform complex analysis of scores. 
  • Colloquium is a free-form conversation and discussion on the motivation for the selected subject of Master`s essay (subject application must be submitted together with the documents). 

Professional Master's Study Programme Music and Performing Arts

Academic Master's Study Programme Music

Contents of additional requirements examinations may vary from year to year. Please contact Study Programmes Department for up-to-date information for your programme/specialization.

Additional Requirements for Doctor's Programme

Necessary pre-conditions - Master`s degree, musical education on at least Bachelor`s level, professional and scientific research experience in a field of music.

Applicants for Doctor's studies must pass entrance examination - colloquium in major (conversation on the selected subject of promotion work).

  1. Academic Doctor's Study Programme "Musicology"
  2. Doctoral Thesis Topic Submission Form

Contents of additional requirements examinations may vary from year to year. Please contact Study Programmes Department for up-to-date information for your programme/specialization.

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