Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Art of Performance


Title of the study programme 

Art of Performance

Study programme branches

Vocal Performance, Piano, Organ, Harpsichord, Choral Conducting, Symphony Orchestra Conducting, Military Orchestra Conducting, Accordion, Folk instruments (BirbynÄ—, KanklÄ—s), Wind instruments (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French horn, Euphony/Baritone, Tuba, Percussion) String Instruments (Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass, Harp, Guitar), Jazz Instruments (Jazz Piano, Jazz Flute, Jazz Clarinet, Jazz Saxophone, Jazz Trumpet, Jazz Trombone, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Bass Guitar, Jazz Double Bass, Jazz Percussion, Jazz Singing).


Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Language of instruction

Lithuanian, English

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

5 years. Accredited until 2017.12.31


Art of performance study programme is intended for the training of broad specialisation music performers who are capable of engaging in public performance activity, interpretation of musical compositions of various styles and genres, well-familiar with the basic principles of music language and music history, possess humanitarian and other knowledge, are capable of critical assessment of the repertoire selected and performance quality, expanding their horizons and engaging in self-training.

Discipline(s) / Subject area(s):

Primary instrument (or vocal), ensemble alternatives, opera dramaturgy, history and theory of interpretation, concert practice, research paper, etc.

In-depth subjects (80%), applied subjects (20 %).

General / Specialist Focus

The aim of the second cycle of Art of Performance studies programme is to deepen the competences of professional music performers they have acquired in the first cycle. After completing the programme, students possess the experience and are able to professionally perform the presentable repertoire of their instrument in prestigious concert halls as a solo, as part of various chamber ensembles, as part of an orchestra or with the orchestra. The students also enhance their understanding about the art of interpretation from the historical and theoretical point of view, are able to critically view the repertoire in the view of their potential and quality of performance, expand their horizons and learn independently, as well as acquire experience in research work.  


Postgraduate studies of Art of Performance is intended for improving artistic and research qualifications of students. Oriented at professional artistic activities, the postgraduate studies prepare students for careers as professional music performers.

Distinctive features

Students have a possibility to study two study programmes at the same time – Art of Performance and Music Pedagogy. Thus students have a possibility to obtain a Master of music and a pedagogue qualification.

An Erasmus or Nordplus mobility experience is recommended but not compulsory. 


Professional music performers are needed and successfully work in the spheres of culture and music industry, namely, the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, the Lithuanian State Symphonic Orchestra, other art bodies, radio, television and press, the Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre, creative societies, etc. They do creative work related with representing the country's culture and music in Lithuania and abroad, education of the population, activities of art bodies, etc.

Further education

Postgraduates of the programme of Art of Performance have a possibility to continue their studies in arts doctoral studies.

Learning and teaching approaches

Individual practice is the main form of studies of special subjects for music performers – it covers selection of a relevant music repertoire, planning of the time frame of preparation, rehearsal and solution of issues of performance techniques and interpretation. Applied subjects are taught in lectures for groups of approximately 3-20 students.  

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).




Programme competences and learning outcomes

General competences:

  1. Ability to work independently, deepen his knowledge and perform complex tasks.
  2. Ability of efficient and skilled work with self-confidence.
  3. Ability to make critical and well-grounded evaluation of artistic activities from the point of view of interpretation.
  4. Ability to work in joint creativity projects and initiate such activities.
  5. Ability to work in a team by way of performing negotiations and organising activities.
  6. Ability to communicate and cooperate with the audience, the media, culture and arts staff and employers.


Special competences:

  1. Ability to implement an art project in solo and various compositions of ensembles (orchestra, choir) at a high professional level, featuring creativity and individual interpretation solutions.
  2. Understanding and performing experience of solo and ensemble repertoire of own instrument.
  3. Ability to head a musical ensemble and organise its work.
  4. Ability to choose the most suitable learning and rehearsal skills.
  5. Ability to organise learning as a creative process aimed at implementation of a conceived interpretation.
  6. Recognition of own instrument's repertoire, interpretation history and theory.
  7. Ability to independently examine historical, theoretical and creative context features of performed music that are necessary for professional interpretation of the piece.
  8. Ability to examine and elaborate on the music programme he performs in various contexts of performance.
  9. Ability to state his attitude towards the interaction and significance of theory and performing practice.
  10. Ability to write a research, which would demonstrate his capacity to examine artistic ideas from the scientific point of view.