Studies

JVLMA offers 13 state-accredited undergraduate, graduate and doctoral full time study programmes with several sub-programmes, various specializations and profiles. JVLMA and all of its study programmes were first accredited in November 2001.  

Study programmes

Information on accredited study programmes offered by Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music is available on Study Direction Register of the Academic Information Centre here.

Professional Bachelor's Degree Study Programmes

1. Instrumental Music with sub-programmes:

  • Keyboard Performance: specializations piano performance, organ performance, accordion performance
  • String Performance: specializations violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, kokle performance
  • Winds Performance: specializations flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba performance
  • Percussion Performance
  • Early Instrument Performance:
    • specialization Keyboard performance: profiles harpsichord, organ performance;
    • specialization String instrument performance: profiles violin, viola, cello, early double bass (violone), lute performance;
    • specialization Wind instrument performance: profiles blockflute, traverse flute, baroque oboe, baroque clarinet, baroque bassoon, natural French horn, natural trumpet, baroque trombone performance;
  • Jazz Music: specializations piano, accordion, violin, double bass, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, vibraphone, percussion set performance.   

2. Conducting with sub-programmes:

  • Choral Conducting
  • Symphony Orchestra Conducting
  • Wind Orchestra Conducting

3. Vocal Music with sub-programmes:

  • Academic Singing
  • Early Music Singing
  • Jazz Singing

4. Music Theory and History with sub-programme:

  • Ethnomusicology

5. Composition

6. Choreography

7. General Education Music Teacher

8. Professional Music Subject Teacher with sub-programmes:

  • Teacher of Instrument Performance
  • Teacher of Music Theory Subjects
  • Teacher of Vocal Music
  • Teacher of Jazz and Popular Music

9. Music and Performing Arts with subprogramme:

  • Sound Recording (Tonmeister)

10. Music Teacher

11. Dance and Rhytmics Teacher

Professional Master's Study Programmes

12. Music and Performing Arts with sub-programmes:

Music

  • specialization Instrumental music with profiles: piano performance, piano accompaniment, piano duet, organ performance, accordion performance, chamber ensemble, violin performance, viola performance, cello performance, double bass performance, harp performance, kokle performance, string quartet, string chamber ensemble, flute performance, oboe performance, clarinet performance, bassoon performance, saxophone performance, French horn performance, trumpet performance, trombone performance, euphonium performance, tuba performance, wind chamber ensemble, percussion performance, jazz music, early music
  • specialization Conducting with profiles choral conducting, symphony orchestra conducting, wind orchestra conducting
  • specialization Vocal Music with profiles chamber singing, opera singing, early music singing, jazz music
  • specialization Composition
  • specialization Sound Recording (Tonmeister)
  • specialization Music and Education with profiles: music tuition, instrumental music tuition (piano performance, organ performance, harpsichord performance, accordion performance, violin performance, viola performance, cello performance, double bass performance, harp performance, kokle performance, flute performance, oboe performance, clarinet performance, bassoon performance, saxophone performance, French horn performance, trumpet performance, trombone performance, euphonium performance, tuba performance tuition)

Choreography

Academic Master's Degree Programme

13. Music with sub-branches:

  • Musicology: specializations history of music, theory of music, sociology of music, philosophy of music, pedagogy of music, music psychology, music anthropology;
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Instrumental Music
  • Vocal Music
  • Composition
  • Conducting

Doctoral study programme

14. Musicology with specializations:

  • Historic musicology
  • Systematic musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
Study plans

Study Plans*

Professional bachelor's study programmes

Instrumental Music

Conducting

Composition

Vocal Music

Music History and Theory, subprogramme Ethnomusicology

Music Teacher

Choreography

Music and Performing Arts subprogramme Sound Recording

Professional Master's Study Programmes

Music and Performing Arts

Instrumental Music

Vocal Music

Conducting - Choir Conducting, Symphony Orchestra Conducting, Wind Orchestra Conducting

Composition

Choreography

Music and education - Music tuition

Academic Master's Study Programme

Programme Music

* Study plans are subject to change. For exact information please contact the Department of Study Programmes.

Academic year

According to tradition the academic year of JVLMA begins on September 1. The year is divided into two semesters: autumn semester and spring semester. Each semester consists of 20 academic weeks. Holiday breaks include Christmas and Easter periods. During summer there are no academic activities in the Latvian Academy of Music.

  • Studies (contact lessons, consultations, examinations, tests, practice, creative projects, masterclasses, independent work);
  • Calendar week is 7 days: 5 working days, 2 holidays;
  • Student's weekly workload is 5 days, i.e. 40 academic hours or 1 LV / 1,5 ECTS CP.

Autumn Semester

  • Individual and group lectures (contact lessons, including tests) are planned from September 11 (the date my vary) to December 22 inclusive, 15 full weeks in total;
  • Individual lessons take place according to plans drafted by tutors/students.

Spring Semester

  • Individual and group lectures (contact lessons, including tests) are planned from January 29 to May 27 inclusive, 15 full weeks in total;
  • Individual lessons take place according to plans drafted by tutors/students.

Length of doctoral studies is 48 weeks per academic year - autumn 20 weeks, spring 20 weeks, independent work from June to August (8 weeks).

Degrees and qualifications

Upon graduation from Bachelor programme a degree of Bachelor in Music, Choreography or Music Education is conferred upon a student together with a corresponding professional qualification (pianist, violinist, choir conductor, composer, musicologist, choreographer, etc.).Integral curriculum of Bachelor studies provides all graduates with pedagogical qualification in corresponding field (teacher of piano, violine, choir conducting, music theory, dance, etc.). Taking into account requirements of contemporary labour market, several study programmes offer possibility to obtain another qualification of the related string/wind instrument teacher, music theory or piano teacher as elective course. Upon graduation from Master programme a degree of Master in Music or Choreography is conferred upon graduate, but upon graduation from Doctoral programme and defence of promotional work - a degree of Doctor in Arts (Dr.Art.).

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