Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Musical Folklore (Ethnomusicology)


Title of the study programme 

Musical Folklore (Ethnomusicology)

Study programme specialisations



Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Language of instruction


National code


New national code


Kind of study

University studies

Cycle of study

First Study Cycle (I)

Level of qualification under the European Quality Framework


Study mode  and length of the programme in years

Full-time studies, 4 years

Type of degree and length

Single degree, 240 ECTS credits

Study area

Art studies

Main study field


Degree and (or) professional qualifications awarded 

Bachelor of Music

Accreditation organisation

Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education

Period of reference

Accredited until 2015.08.31


Preparation of highly qualified music specialists and connoisseurs of  ethnic, professional culture and music, such as teachers, researchers, editors, experts of folklore contests and festivals, staff of cultural, scientific and educational institutions, organizers of folklore events (festivals); professional performers of ethnic music (instrumentalists, glee choristers, etc.), directors of folklore groups (connoisseurs of vocal, instrumental music and traditional dances).

Discipline(s) / Subject area(s):


General / Specialist Focus



The study programme is oriented to preparation of arts specialists, i.e.  connoisseurs of ethnic and professional culture and music.

Distinctive features

Students have a possibility to select an additional Music Pedagogy study programme free of charge.


Students who have graduated from the Musical Folklore Study Programme are able to work in musical education and teaching institutions, national and regional culture centres, research institutes, information accumulation and diffusion centres, such as book and record libraries, museums, archives, publishing houses, as well as ethnic cultural heritage centres, such as museums, specialised archives and media, i.e. television, radio and press.

Further education

Bachelor students of the Musical Folklore Study Programme can continue studying Master’s degree of music in the area of art studies.

Admission requirements 

Secondary education and musical preparation. 
Entrance examination for admission is held, as follows:
1. PAPERWORK: written in accordance with the topic from the folklore area (choosing 1 from 5 available) as provided by the examination commission. These include:
a) Assessment of activity and works of a famous Lithuanian folklorist (e.g. A.Juška);
b) Musical characteristics of one of the folksong genres (e.g. work songs);
c) Review of song styles from ethnographic regions (e.g., Samogitia);
d) Review of folk music instruments (e.g., wind-instruments);
e) Contemporary problems of modern folklore’s existence, etc.
a) Acquaintance with the Lithuanian musical folklore and ability to describe its peculiarities;
b) Acquaintance with the history of collection and research, as well as  the main literature of folklore;
c) Ability to sing songs of different Lithuanian regions and genres.
Transcription of two pre-recorded Lithuanian folk songs (univocal or two-part vocal songs).

Formula for competitive score (KB) is as follows:
KB = EP1 0.6 + EP2 0.1 + LK4 0.2 + UK 0.1.
Competitive score (KB) for entrance examination for admission consists of:
Paperwork, solfeggio and conversation EP1 = 0.6;
Musicology (Final Secondary School Examination) EP2 = 0.1;
Lithuanian LK4 = 0.2;
Annual mark for Foreign Language UK = 0.1.
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Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning  Previous learning (both formal and informal) is not recognised per se. Entrants take examinations in accordance with the procedure set by LMTA. A passed Final Secondary School Examination in Musicology is included in the competitive score.

Learning and teaching approaches


Assessment methods

Examinations and final examinations assessed in grades from 1 to 10. Negative marks are grades 1-4 (inclusive). Assessment can be in the form of a course credit (passed or failed).


Generic competences:

  • Interpersonal and communication skills (ability to communicate and work in a group);
  • Critical and self-critical thinking;
  • Ability to adapt to new  situations and solve problems;
  • Ability to work and improve individually;
  • Ability to solve problems related to the selected specialization;
  • Formed professional approach to profession and work;
  • Developed skills required for further individual studies.

Objective Competences:

  • Acquisition of knowledge on traditional culture phenomena and their modern forms;
  • Ability to speak and write about ethnic music (culture) phenomena in a fluent, reasoned and correct manner;
  • Skills for collecting of rapidly declining and changing folklore data by engaging modern efficient recording methods;
  • Ability to accumulate, systemise and purposefully use the information required in practice;
  • Ability to carry out research on behaviour of ethnic culture under modern culture conditions;
  • Ability to detect and interpret modern phenomena of traditional culture in today’s culture;
  • Ability to stimulate the development of ethnic culture in cities and regions;
  • Ability to generate creative ideas and look for new ways and possibilities for their implementation.