A widening musical repertoire

Starting from September, the educational offering of the Faculty of Music will be further expanded in the area of master’s and short-cycle programmes. As a result of the developments of the previous years, professional records can now also be produced at the University of Debrecen.

The Faculty of Music offers 20 different specialisations in its bachelor’s programme, ranging from French horn and church music to viola and choir conducting. In addition, the musicians of the future are also taught in the framework of the undivided Master of Music Education (teaching), as well as the Master of Music (performance) programmes.

“We are committed to offer master’s programmes as a continuation of each of our bachelor’s programmes. We can take a step forward in this effort, since we will be able to offer cello as the latest instrument added from September 2019. Our next big dream in this area is violin, the accreditation of which is still under way,” said Péter Lakatos, dean.

The faculty is also planning to offer new types of so-called “short-cycle” programmes in the next academic year. The opportunity to participate in these programmes will be open to those with the old types of degrees in music, who can participate in a one-year programme in order to renew their qualification, while those with a diploma including teacher certification in another subject (even English of physics) can complete the teacher of music programme in 2 years.

In addition to receiving high-quality individualised education, students can also gain valuable experiences in the symphonic orchestra, the guitar band, the various chamber orchestras, string and wind ensembles, and choirs of the faculty, while in the summer months they can participate in the work of the Young Musicians’ Summer Academy. This latter programme of international reputation welcomes young talented musicians from over twenty countries annually, who then give guest performances not only in Hungarian concert halls, but also beyond the country’s borders, under the leadership of Tamás Vásáry, Kossuth Prize winner pianist and conductor.

“We have plans for some large-scale developments this year, some of which have already started. We have upgraded the sound studio attached to our concert hall with the use of central governmental funding. The purchasing of the new audio mixing console, software, video cameras and state-of-the-art microphones allow us to make professional-quality recordings with our top-of-the-line Steinway piano. In addition, an old dream will also come true, since the long-awaited renovation of the Liszt Hall is also expected to take place this summer,” the dean emphasised.

The Faculty of Music also continuously develops its Pop Music Training Centre: after the purchasing of instruments at the end of last year, they currently have three fully equipped, soundproof rehearsal rooms and the studio at the disposal of the students and the faculty members. The pop music programme, which is unique in Hungary, is now starting its third semester, and is increasingly popular among Hungarian and international students, and also beyond the university. Applicants can choose from individual training in the areas of a variety of instruments, including drums, bass guitar, guitar, and keyboard instruments, as well as singing (vocal), and they also participate in a require band practice under the supervision of renown musician tutors of the Kőbányai Music Studio.

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