ULG Children & Youth Choir Conducting
The course teaches independent work in the planning, implementation and organization of children's and youth choir work. In addition to the pedagogically necessary work with children's and youth voices, the focus is on the sustainable enrichment of vocal and choral work and a targeted promotion of young talent both in terms of choir singers and children's and youth choir directors.
Department of Music Education Salzburg
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4 semesters / 60 ECTS-AP
summer semester each year
The comprehensive theoretical and practical competencies in the field of children's and youth choir work taught in the course are oriented towards the special needs of this field of practice with its broad spectrum of demands for responsible and sustainable work with young voices. Studies on youth culture unanimously show the great importance of involvement with music in the leisure activities of children and young people. Even if the passive consumption of culture is in the foreground, these studies also show the great willingness of children and young people to actively, artistically shape their own cultural space.
The use of the voice plays a central role in this. In fact, however, many children and young people today no longer have the ability and desire to articulate themselves vocally in a differentiated manner. In music education there is already the term "silenced singers". In the worst case, this can lead to withdrawal, closed-mindedness or even aggression. Targeted work with the voice strengthens the expressiveness of each individual and the will to communicate, to exchange. On the other hand, the ability to integrate into an overall sound, to listen to each other and to pursue a common goal is trained.
These are pedagogical opportunities that can be taken up and realized in concrete voice and choir work with children and young people. The University Course for Children's and Youth Choir Conducting addresses these tasks in cooperation between the Department of Music Education Salzburg and the Vienna Boys' Choir and, in addition to the pedagogically necessary work with children's and youth voices, aims to achieve a sustainable enrichment of vocal and choral work as a whole and thus provide a targeted promotion of young talent both in terms of choral singers and children's and youth choir conductors.
- University Mozarteum Salzburg
- In cooperation with the Vienna Boys' Choir
Course directors: Regina Prasser & Markus Obereder
Scientific direction: Monika Oebelsberger
Artistic direction: Gerald Wirth, Vienna Boys' Choir
The goal of the University Course in Children's and Youth Choir Direction is to enable students to work independently in the planning, implementation and organization of children's and youth choir work. The comprehensive theoretical and practical competencies in the field of children's and youth choir work taught in the course are oriented towards the special needs of this field of practice with its broad spectrum of demands for responsible and sustainable work with young voices.
For admission, proof of completion of a degree or course at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution is required. In case of free places, persons with at least 3 years of professional experience in a relevant field of activity may also be admitted to the course. The course director decides on admission.
Applicants are expected to have a basic competence in music theory, piano playing, singing and conducting and this is checked during the admission procedure.
The lessons are held in the form of 16 weekend modules from Friday afternoons to Sunday afternoons. There are 25 to 26 teaching hours per weekend, three of the modules are held at the Vienna Boys' Choir in Vienna.
A prerequisite for admission is passing the entrance examination. For this, an online registration is required, during which the necessary documents are checked. An invitation to the entrance examination will only be issued after the complete set of documents has been checked and the candidate's own works have been positively assessed.
The course fees are Euro 580,- per semester.
Opportunities to perform at university concerts and events both inside and outside Salzburg are part of the course.
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