Professional Higher Education, 4 years (equal to Bachelor’s studies)
At the Bachelor’s level, Viljandi Culture Academy offers professional higher education programme in music.
- The students have the opportunity to choose between four different closely related specializations: traditional music, rhythm music, school music and sound engineering.
- We have the best teachers who are well-known professionals in their respective fields.
- We offer our students a great environment and technical support for studying music.
The students have the opportunity to choose between four different specializations: traditional music, rhythm music, school music and sound engineering
Traditional music curriculum trains versatile musicians who understand the roots of traditional music and who can also interpret it in its modern form.
Rhythm music curriculum trains musicians who understand the history and different forms of rhythm music and who can interpret and perform improvisational music. Students specializing in traditional or rhythm music will also receive training to prepare them as music teachers and music-technicians.
School music curriculum trains versatile music teachers who will have good knowledge of different styles of music and who can play several instruments. In addition to learning to play piano, students of school music curriculum will also learn to play small kannel, recorder and guitar. The studies also include vocal lessons, conducting courses, ensemble work, improvisation, rhythmics and principles of music technology.
Sound engineering curriculum is intended to train specialists who will have broad knowledge base and practical skills in the field of sound engineering. The studies will include working in a modern recording studio, practical sound engineering and producing tasks with different bands and audio production of different contemporary theatre, performance and multimedia projects.
The studies last for four years. School music curriculum is also available in an open university form. All music students will learn an instrument, traditional music, playing in an ensemble, rhythmics and other courses. Also, students in all specializations will be taking one module of entrepreneurship studies to prepare them for starting and running their own businesses. Since the specializations of the music curriculum are closely linked, the students have many opportunities to choose courses from other specializations as well.
Most of the learning in the music curriculum takes place individually or in small groups. This curriculum has a large proportion of its courses as practical training and the learning takes place in the actual work environment. Good network of partner schools supports student exchange, and most of our students spend at least one semester abroad. Every year we have around 10-15 workshops conducted by international lecturers in order to enrich the students’ learning experience.
Our student life is enriched by festivals, competitions and workshops. Weekly jazz club brings well-known musicians to Viljandi and gives our students the opportunities for live performances. Our students themselves hold regular folk and jazz jam sessions. Collaboration with Estonian Traditional Music Centre gives our students the opportunity to partake in traditional music and world music events. Some yearly events held in Viljandi are: Viljandi Folk Music Festival, Viljandi Guitar Festival, festival “Oma Lugu”, School Jazz Festival, Viljandi Hanseatic days, Students’ Theatre days, Viljandi Music Walk etc.
As a graduate
Graduates of rhythm music and traditional music programmes can work as musicians in different projects, as sound producers, as teachers of instrument playing, singing or ensemble in music schools. Graduates of school music programme will find jobs as music teachers, as heads of music choirs, as teachers in children’s activity groups or as kindergarten music teachers. Graduates of sound engineering programme can work in recording studios, companies offering sound engineering solutions, theaters, TV, radios etc. Graduates of all specializations can continue with master’s studies.