General information

Today’s Faculty of Conducting, Jazz Music and Music Education was created on 1st October 1975 as the Faculty of Music Education, running at that time two programmes: Conducting Vocal and Vocal-Instrumental Ensembles, and Music Education. In its present shape, which was established in 2008, the Faculty trains conductors of symphonic orchestras, choirmasters, jazz instrumentalists and vocalists, jazz band directors, cantors and music teachers.

 

The organizational structure of the Faculty consists of the following units:

  • Department of Choir Music and Music Education
  • Department of Conducting
  • Department of Jazz Music
  • Department of Voice Production and Training
  • Music Pedagogy Centre
  • Church Music CentreThe Faculty offers the following principal-study programmes and specializations:
  • Conducting (full-time, B.Mus.-equivalent and M.Mus.-equivalent degree studies)
    • specialization: Symphonic and Opera Conducting
  • Jazz and Popular Music (full-time, B.Mus.-equivalent degree studies)
    • specialization: Instrumental Jazz Music
    • specialization: Vocal Jazz Music
    • specialization: Conducting Jazz and Popular Music Ensembles
  • Artistic Education in Music
  • specialization: Music Education (full-time, B.Mus.-equivalent and M.Mus.-equivalent degree studies)
  • specialization: Conducting Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles (full-time, M.Mus.-equivalent degree studies)
  • specialization: Church Music Education (full-time, M.Mus.-equivalent degree studies)
  • Other elective specializations:
  • Choir Conducting (B.Mus.-equivalent degree studies)
  • Church Music (B.Mus.-equivalent degree studies)
  • Education in Music Schools (M.Mus.-equivalent degree studies)
  • Music in Theatre (M.Mus.-equivalent degree studies)
  • Conducting Wind Orchestras (M.Mus.-equivalent degree studies)
  • Postgraduate Voice Production and Training Programme
  • Postgraduate Choirmaster ProgrammeThe systematically expanding selection of courses offered to the students of the Faculty includes specialization-related and general music education subjects such as conducting and instrument practice, score reading, methodology of conducting orchestras, 20th and 21st -century score analysis, music in theatre, marketing and management in cultural institutions, big-band practice, improvisation, jazz music literature and history, computer arrangement of musical pieces, introduction to acting, studio technology and techniques, voice production and training, piano practice, organ playing, liturgical music, history and theory of Gregorian chant, choir practice, chamber choir practice, music criticism and public speech practice, teaching practice. The expansion of the Faculty’s educational offer has resulted in a natural change in educational priorities: from the previous main focus on music pedagogy to the one on artistic activity, except the study programme in Artistic Education in Music, where a comprehensive training of teachers and instructors has remained priority. Since 1994 the Faculty has continued its original project – the organization of music events for children called the Musical Mornings. Since 1998 the Faculty has also been propagating love for music by engaging in the organization of national artistic competitions for school students (the music section supervised by the Toruń Committee). Professor Mariusz Kończal has also involved himself in the National School Choir Development Programme ‘Singing Poland’ since 2006.
  • The Faculty’s academic activity concerning voice training techniques is largely stimulated by the Department of Voice Production and Training, operating since 2004 under Professor Krzysztof Szydzisz.
  • The Faculty’s high standards in teaching are the result of the staff’s professional qualifications and passion for pedagogical work which they combine with intense artistic activities. It is this combination that results in the students’ successes at home and abroad, whether they perform as vocal, instrumental or vocal-instrumental ensembles, or choirs. Ever since its inception, the history of the Faculty has been made by outstanding conductors of Polish orchestras and choirs, among them Mieczysław Rymarczyk, Szymon Kawalla, Zygmunt Rychert, Jerzy Zabłocki, Benedykt Błoński, or Zbigniew Bruna.