Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Musical Folklore (Ethnomusicology)


Title of the study programme 

Musical Folklore (Ethnomusicology)

Study programme branches



Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Language of instruction


National code


New national code


Kind of study

University studies

Cycle of study


Level of qualification under the European Quality Framework


Study mode  and length of the programme in years

Full-time studies, 2 years

Type of degree and length

Single degree, 120 ECTS credits

Study area

Art studies

Main study field


Degree and (or) professional qualifications awarded 

Master 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,  ethnomusicologists. 

Distinctive features

Students have a possibility to acquire knowledge on theory of ethnomusicology and practical experience. 


Musical Folklore Master’s Study Programme grants classical and fundamental education that has profound traditions in the Western European educational system. The acquired theoretical knowledge, research and music performance experience, as well as the practice in the field of ethnomusicology substantiates the ability to work in all the fields that require competences of ethnomusicologist. It is a scientific, creative, administrative and managing work that is related to public education, promotion of musical (ethnic) culture in Lithuania and abroad, assessment of performing arts, strategy for formation and interpretation of folklore groups’ repertoire, preparation of ethnic music (culture) projects and contests, organisation of folklore festivals, preparation of international conferences and seminars for ethnomusicologists, as well as formation of cultural policy and work associated with ethnic cultural heritage. 

Further education

Further studies are available in the third stage.

Admission requirements Entrance examination for admission is held, as follows:  
1.1. For graduates of the Musical Folklore studies (previously known as Ethnomusicology) in LMTA, mark of the Bachelor’s Thesis acquired during the Bachelor studies is included as the mark for Paperwork.
1.2. Graduates of Bachelor studies in musical specializations or Bachelor studies of other areas are required to:
a) Write a 10-15 pages of text, substantiating the topic of a future Master’s Thesis, and to deliver it to the examination commission 2 days prior to the entrance examination for admission;
b) Possess one's Bachelor’s Thesis and to be able to briefly describe it.
2.1. Graduates of Musical Folklore Studies (Ethnomusicology) in LMTA are required to:
a) Briefly present topic, research trend and prospects of one’s future Master’s Thesis;
b) Substantiate the differences between the future and the previous thesis subject to continuation of the Bachelor’s Thesis topic;
2.2. Graduates of Bachelor studies in different musical specialisations or other areas are required to:
a) Orally present the topic, research trend and prospects of the future Master's Thesis.
Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning Musical Folklore Master’s Study Programme accepts bachelor students from music, arts studies and humane studies, who have sufficient musical preparation and experience in folklore, as well as tendency to the ethnomusicology research activities.

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.

Objective Competences:

  • Skills for professional transcription of ethnic music samples;
  • Experience in editing publications containing folk melodies and ethno-cultural trends;
  • Ability to observe and assess phenomena of the behaviour of ethnic culture under modern culture conditions;
  • Ability to tackle phenomena of ethnic identity and to solve related problems;
  • Application of research on the tradition and cultural identity in cultural policies;
  • Ability to stimulate development of ethnic culture within Lithuania and foreign countries;
  • Ability to carry out research on Lithuanian ethnic music in the wide context of traditional music from other nations;
  • Ability to envisage new ethnical music research trends;
  • Ability to apply new interdisciplinary research methods for the research.