The Department of Choir Conducting and Singing, Music Education and Rhythmics offers programmes in different specialties: Conducting Music Ensembles (1st cycle studies), Conducting and Choir Vocal Studies (2nd cycle studies) and Rhythmics (1st and 2nd cycle studies).
It trains future conductors of choirs and vocal ensembles, choir singers who find employments at professional choirs, and music teachers for general education schools and music schools. The specialty called Rhythmics primarily prepares graduates for working in early-stage and pre-school education.
The curriculum is diverse and it covers major, basic and general subjects:
• Conducting Music Ensembles (1st cycle studies):
Main subject - Conducting
Major subjects – Voice Production, Vocals Ensemble – Practical Training, Instrumental Ensembles, Methodics of Conducting Vocal Ensembles and Methodics of Conducting Instrumental Ensembles.
• Choir Conducting (2nd cycle studies):
Main Subject – Conducting
Major subjects – Voice Production, Vocals Ensemble – Practical Training, Specialist Solfege and Instrumental Ensembles – to select.
• Choir Vocal Studies (2nd cycle studies):
Przedmioty główne – śpiew indywidualny z metodyką nauczania emisji głosu, śpiew zespołowy, metodyka zbiorowej emisji głosu, chór kameralny
Major Subjects – Sight Singing, Gregorian Schola.
• Rhythmics (1st cycle studies):
Main Subjects – Rhythmics, Rhythmics Ensembles – Practical Training, Movement Technique, Dance with Elements of Physical Training, Movement Technique with Elements of Traditional Dance, Movement Composition, Solfege in Movement 1, Piano Improvisation in Dalcroze Method / Piano Improvisation with Elements of Arrangement.
• Rhythmics (2nd cycle studies):
Main Subjects – Rhythmics, Rhythmics Ensembles – Practical Training, Solfege in Movement 2, Movement Technique with Methodics, Contemporary Dance, Improvisation Skills, Specialist Music Literature, Music and Movement Analysis, Propaedeutics of Composition and Arrangement, Piano Improvisation with Elements of Arrangement / Piano Improvisation with Methodics
The specialty called Choir Vocal Studies was created in the academic year 2017/2018 as the first such specialty in Poland
The unique feature of the programme is the emphasise out on the use of two subject areas, which shape both the individual awareness of vocal technique – necessary for choir work, as well as the skills allowing to obtain uniform tone colour of ensemble sound. An important aim in the process of education is mastering the skills of agile sight singing as well as methodics of group voice production.
The 2-year curriculum for MA studies formulated this way offers students an opportunity to gain specialist skills connected with choir studies and extended practical knowledge related to individual work with voice in a vocal ensemble. Students will learn and understand the value of using the acquired vocal technique skills and will be able to use their own skills for group work.
The implementation of the curriculum allows students to find synergy in group activities based on own competencies.
The growing globalization processes allow graduates to be able to successfully find themselves on the job market both in Poland and abroad – enabling them to find employment at professional philharmonic, radio, opera and chamber ensembles. Graduates specialising in Choir Vocal Studies can also work at academic, cathedral and school choirs as well as at singers’ associations as voice production instructors.