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MASTER’S DEGREE IN ORCHESTRAL STUDIES

ACADEMIC CALENDAR: From October 2019 to June 2020

VERY FEW SPOTS LEFT FOR 2019-2020!

Official Master’s Degree in Musikene from 1420 euros.

Receive training from the best teachers in Europe.

Share a music stand in rehearsals, concerts and tours with the musicians of the Basque National Orchestra and Bilbao Symphony Orchestra.

Prepare for official orchestra entrance exams.

Immerse yourself in research on orchestral music and, if you wish, prepare yourself for later studies at doctorate level.

Info:

REGISTRATION: until the 25th of August included.
ACCESS TESTS: first fortnight of September 2019
MATRICULATION: Online. Second fortnight of September
PLACES OFFERED: 30 per academic year
SPECIALTIES OFFERED IN SEPTEMBER: Open

CONTACT

Contact for further information: master@musikene.eus

Musikene. Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco (Higher Centre of Music of the Basque Country).
MASTER’S DEGREE IN ORCHESTRAL STUDIES 2019-2020
Europa Plaza n.º2
20018 Donostia-San Sebastián
Gipuzkoa

Typology of the places:
  • Violin: 12
  • Viola: 6
  • Cello: 6
  • Double bass: 6
STRUCTURE OF THE MASTER’S DEGREE
  • Number of credits of the qualification: 60 ECTS
  • Compulsory subjects: 30 ECTS
  • Optional subjects: 4 ECTS
  • External work experience: 20 ECTS (in the Basque National Orchestra and in the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra)
  • Dissertation: 6 ECTS
CURRICULUM
SUBJECT DURATION IN TIME / CHARACTER ECTS
Instrumental training 22 ECTS
Orchestral repertoire I, II, III and IV

  • Orchestral repertoire lessons for the instrument
  • Orchestra audition Simulations
  • Chamber orchestra Project
First and second terms / Compulsory 16
Main instrument First and second terms / Compulsory 6
Complementary training 6 ECTS
History and stylistic evolution of the orchestral repertoire First term / Compulsory 3
Analysis applied to the orchestral repertoire First term / Compulsory 3
Optional subjects (choose 2) 4 ECTS
Physical technique applied to orchestra work Second term / Optional 2
History of the orchestra and orchestration Second term / Optional 2
Applied acoustics Second term / Optional 2
Practical practice 20 ECTS
Orchestra work experience in a professional symphonic orchestra (Basque Symphonic Orchestra) First and second terms / Compulsory 20
Research module 8 ECTS
Methodology of research First term / Compulsory 2
Dissertation Second term / Compulsory 6

*Conference and meeting about orchestra auditions and employment management with Oriol Roch, Managing Director of the Basque National Orchestra and Ibon Arambarri, General Director of the Bilbao Symphonic Orchestra

CONTENTS AND METHODOLOGY
CONTENTS

The Master’s Degree is structured in five modules:

  • Instrumental module: this is a practical-instrumental module in which a study is made of the orchestral repertoire in its most important historical manifestations and in which the individual instrumental class can be oriented towards perfecting the repertoire for competitive exams for orchestras.
  • Theoretical training module: this presents the study of the history of the orchestral repertoire, and the musical analysis of said repertoire, oriented towards performance.
  • Work experience module: this presents the opportunity to acquire work and artistic experience with an orchestra, temporarily taking part in its dynamics (concerts, rehearsals, tours). The work experience will be paid (1400 euros) and will include social security payments as a scholar.
  • Optional module: this offers areas to widen the range of professionalising knowledge of the orchestra and which can be personalised according to the student’s interests.
  • Research module: this allows the students to acquire competence appropriate to a Master’s Degree, by means of the study of different research methods and techniques, and the carrying out of a dissertation which they will defend in public. 
METHODOLOGY

Type of Teaching: Classroom-based teaching

One-to-one instrument classes

Collective classes in Orchestral Repertoire by speciality which include a final project of a public concert as string orchestra with a guest teacher of recognised international prestige.

Collective classes of compulsory and optional areas linked to the specialisation of the orchestra repertoire.

Work experience in the Basque National Orchestra (OSE, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi) and in the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (BOS) for ten weeks tutored by one of the musicians of the orchestra.

The defence of the Dissertation will be held in public, once the rest of the Master’s Degree credits have been passed.

The official languages of instruction at Musikene are Spanish and Basque. However, group classes are given in Spanish and individual classes are given in the preferred language of communication between the student and teacher (Spanish, Basque, English, or French).

ACCESS AND ADMISSION
Selection process

Student selection will be made by means of an in-person public access test. Those interested, as shown in their enrolment form, will be able to carry out the test by videoconference without attending the school.

Registration

Registration dates: until the 25th of August included.

Interested candidates must complete the registration form and send a copy of their national identity card or Passport and a copy of their academic record for the degree required to access official Masters programme studies, either to the Musikene postal address, or by email to master@musikene.eus.

Auditions

Date:

MASTERRA / MÁSTER EGUNA / DIA ORDUA / HORA
Estudios orquestales (Contrabajo) 05/09/2019 12:00
Estudios orquestales (Viola) 03/09/2019 16:00
Estudios orquestales (Violín) 04/09/2019 10:00
Estudios orquestales (Violoncello) 05/09/2019 10:00

Structure:

1) Performance of a free repertoire* with the instrument (maximum 20 minutes).

2) Sight-reading test from the orchestral repertoire of the instrument.

Grading: Test 1: 80% / Test 2: 20%

* Works requiring them should be performed with an accompanist and the candidates will be able to bring their own partner. Musikene will supply accompanying musicians for those candidates who request it in the registration form and pay the corresponding charges for this service.

The judges’ panel will be made up of three teachers, specialized in the instruments under examination. There will also be a participant from the Basque National Orchestra.

If spaces remain vacant Musikene may call for a new selection process, which will be announced on the Musikene website.

Access requirements

To be in possession of an official qualification in higher arts education, an official qualification or graduate degree or its equivalent from an institution of the European Higher Education Area or to finish the studies of the aforementioned qualification during the 2018/2019 academic year.

Likewise, students may also access the course with qualifications from educational systems outside the European Higher Education prior checking by the competent educational administration that they show an equivalent level of training.

Presentation of the qualification (or the receipt for payment of the rights to it) will be required upon enrolment. Those students who are currently undertaking the final year may submit this documentation at the end of it. In the latter case, such documentation should be submitted by October 15, 2019.

TEACHING STAFF
Main instrument:

Violin: Catalin BucataruAitzol IturriagagoitiaTatiana SamouilLiana Gourdjia
Viola: Natalia Tchitch, Josep Puchades
Cello: Damián MartínezAsier Polo
Double bass: Pierre-Emmanuel de Maistre

 

Guest teachers 2018/19:

Violin: David Grimal. https://www.les-dissonances.eu/about-us/david-grimal-artistic-director.html

Viola: Nathan Braude. http://www.rcm.ac.uk/strings/professors/details/?id=94501

Cello: Gregor Horsch. https://www.concertgebouworkest.nl/en/gregor-horsch

Double bass: Théotime Voisin. https://www.theotimevoisin.com/

 

Orchestral repertoire:

Violin: Xabier Gil
Viola: Karsten Dobers
Cello: Damián Martínez
Double bass: Pierre-Emmanuel de Maistre, Julio Pastor
Guest teacher 2018/19: David Grimal (concertmaster-conductor in a string orchestra project)

 

Theoretical training:

History and stylistic evolution of the orchestral repertoire: Margarita Lorenzo
Analysis applied to the orchestral repertoire: Joseba Torre

 

Optional subjects:

Physical technique applied to orchestra work: Jasone Alba
History of the orchestra and orchestration: Isabel DíazRamon Lazkano
Applied acoustics: Josetxo Bretos

 

Orchestra work experience:

Each student will have as their work experience tutor a teacher from the Basque National Orchestra.

 

Methodology and research:

Methodology of research: Josu Okiñena
Dissertation: Itziar LarrinagaMªJosé CanoIsabel DíazJosetxo BretosJosu Okiñena, Margarita Lorenzo

ENROLMENT
Enrolment

The Master’s Degree can be carried out full-time, with matriculation of 60 ECTS in one year, or part-time in two years, with a minimum matriculation of 30 ECTS in the first academic year. Each year, the matriculated credits during that academic year are paid.

The student will receive 1400 euros for professional work experience carried out in the Basque National Orchestra and the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and will be registered with Social Security as an intern.

Complete matriculation (60 ECTS): 5820 euros. Real cost of 4420 euros once the remuneration for the professional work experience is deducted.

Also, take advantage of our three exclusive grants for Master’s Degree students. Two of 1500 euros and one of 3000 euros.

Payment will be made in 3 instalments:

  • a third at matriculation
  • the remaining amount in two halves, one in November and the other in February

If you are an ex-student of Musikene, contact us for information regarding the financial advantages the school can offer you.

Scholarship
Exclusive scholarships for Master’s programme students:
  • Two “AIE” scholarships of 1.500 euros each: The AIE (Artistas, Intérpretes o Ejecutantes) Comission for Assistance and Culture Fund will provide two scholarships (1.500 euro each) for the two candidates who show the highest level in the entrance exams. The scholarships will be decided once finished the September entrance exams.
  • One “Igartza” scholarship of 3.000 euros: The city of Beasain will grant one scholarship of €3000 to a student registered in the Master’s programme selected by a panel specifically designed for this purpose. Selection will take place in autumn.
Scholarships of a general nature:
  • Basque Government dents residing in the Basque Autonomous Community are eligible to apply for grants awarded annually by the Basque Government for university and other higher-level studies. Scholarships are posted in July at: http://www.hezkuntza.ejgv.euskadi.eus
  • Ministry of Education Scholarships: Students residing outside of the Basque Autonomous Community are eligible to apply for grants of a general nature offered every year by the Ministry of Education at the end of July. These grants are for students enrolled in post-compulsory studies: www.mecd.gob.es
REGULATIONS
  • The Royal Decree 1614/2009 , of 26 October, establishes the regulation of higher artistic studies regulated by Organic Law 2/2006. Article 7 of this Royal Decree authorises higher artistic education centres to offer master’s degrees.
  • Resolution dated 8 May 2015 from the Director of Schools, ordering the publication of the curriculum for the Master’s programme in artistic education for orchestral studies at the authorized higher-level school of music, “Musikene”, of San Sebastián.
  • Approval Certificate of the Master’s Degree.
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