When studying Early Music, students obtain all the basic information needed in order to gain and enhance awareness of the practice of historically informed music performances adopted in Europe and worldwide and to be able to apply it in their practical activities.
In accordance with regulations and philosophies, the Early Music programme offers theoretical and practical courses related to the interpretation of early music in vocal as well as instrumental arts, ranging from learning notation to the art of historical gestures.
In cooperation with the Riga Early Music Centre, students have the opportunity to participate in festivals – the Riga Historic Music and Dance Festival, the Duke Kettler of Kurzeme-Zemgale Music and Arts Festival Vivat Curlandia! (Bauska) and Music of the Century (Daugavpils).
The interpretation of old music from a historically correct point of view in the European labour market is becoming increasingly pertinent, while giving room for countless new and exciting discoveries.
The JVLMA Department of Early Music was established in 2005.
Many graduates from the Department of Early Music – sopranos Ilze Grēvele-Skaraine and Terēze Gretere, tenor Ansis Bētiņš, baroque violinists Agnese Kanniņa, Laura Šarova, recorder player Ieva Nīmane, tranverse flautist Maija Kļaviņa, harpsichord player Gertruda Jerjomenko – have gained recognition in Latvia and in Europe, performing together with high-quality ensembles and performing solo concerts.
Upon successful graduation of a Bachelor’s study programme a Professional Bachelor's degree in Music, Choreography or Musical Pedagogy (in programmes General Education Music Teacher, Professional Music Subject Teacher) is conferred upon a student, together with the fifth level professional qualification according to the specialisation (pianist, violinist, choral conductor, composer, musicologist, choreographer etc.).
The integral curriculum of the Bachelor's studies, which in addition to academic and professional training courses also include the courses required for teaching, provides all graduates the corresponding pedagogical qualification (teacher of piano playing, violin playing, choral conducting, music theory, dance, etc.). Considering the requirements of today's labour market, a number of study programmes allow students the option to obtain the right to work in a music school as a teacher of a different subject (to teach piano playing, music theory, a related wind instrument, etc.) as an elective course.
Upon completion of a Professional Master's degree programme a graduate is granted a Professional Master's degree in Music or Choreography. Upon successful graduation from the Academic Master's degree programme, a Master of Arts degree in Humanities is conferred.
At the end of academic doctorate studies, students receive a statement regarding the acquisition of a doctorate study programme and, after successfully defending the promotional work, obtains a doctoral diploma and a degree of Doctor of Arts (Dr. Art.).