About the department

Welcome to the Department of Music of the Faculty of Education website, Masaryk University.

You will find the Department of Music on the third floor at the Faculty of Education – Poříčí 31, Brno.

Web: Department of Music

History of the department

The Department of Music has been a part of the Faculty of Education since its establishment in 1946 and for over half a century of its existence it has educated thousands of qualified music teachers for all types and levels of schools. Among the teachers and graduates of this department are a whole range of figures of international scholarly and artistic renown.

An important activity of the department with a tradition going back to the 1960´s is regular international music and pedagogical conferences known as MUSICA VIVA IN SCHOLA. They are organized in cooperation with the Czech Music Association (Česká hudební společnost), they loosely continue the ISME´s (International Society for Music Education) activities and their topics always emphasise topical areas of problems related to teaching music.

Activity of the department

Scholarly, professional and publication activities of the members of the department focus, apart from writing materials for studies, textbooks and monographs, on the area of axiology of music, aesthetics, semiotics, etc., and they strive through specific empirical research in all fields of music and musical culture to portray the dynamism of transformations of social functions of music in the present-day world and in the life of a young person. (B. Crha, B. Knopová, J. Kučerová, M. Sedláček).

The department´s profile is formed considerably by rich artistic activity focused on composition and interpretation of contemporary music (composer M. Košut, P. Hala – piano) and on authentic interpretation of old music (V. Richter – singer, I. Bartoš – organ). A review of our creative acts would include e.g. participation in prestigious festivals in the Czech Republic (Prague Spring), abroad (Bach Days / Bach Tage Hamburg), cooperation with the National Theatre in Brno, radio and television in numerous European countries as well as with important recording companies (Supraphon, Arta).


The department currently offers the following Bachelors and Masters study programmes:

  • Teacher  of music for lower secondary schools
  • Teacher  of music for upper secondary schools
  • Specialized fields of study: Piano, Solo singing, Conducting choirs

Degrees in the doctoral programme of study:

  • Specialization in pedagogy – Theory and Teaching of Music

Within the Music field of study there is also an accredited habilitation procedure and proceeding for appointment of Professors.

Programmes of study for teachers are conceived with the aim of preparing future teachers for fully qualified teaching and equipping them not only with theoretical knowledge, but also with practical music skills, which are a prerequisite for a  creative and musically attractive style of teaching music. Students complete e.g. courses in harmony, history of music, basic training in leading a choir, playing an instrument, voice training, music pedagogy, didactics, music aesthetics, theory of art, multimedia computer applications, popular music, and others.

Affiliated to the department is a string orchestra and also choirs representing the whole university.