Performing Arts

Bachelor's studies (university) @ Vytautas Magnus University
1 May Application deadline
29 Aug Start date
4 years Study duration full-time
8457€ Tuition fee for Eu citizens

Programme overview

The content of the Performing Arts programme adequately corresponds the most recent advances in science, art and technology. Students are acquainted with the theory and practice of creative activities, improvisation, artistic project management, art marketing, and research methodology. Students are free to choose composers from various eras (including the latest) and nationalities for their final examinations and the final project. Graduate students are encouraged to pursue the most modern forms of performance, which helps them integrate into and position themselves within the context of the contemporary art scene.

It must be also noted that classes are led by the most regarded virtuosos in their fields and numerous visiting professors. It truly improves the students’ familiarity with the latest and the most unique artistic developments.

Specializations: Accordion, Choir conducting, Jazz, Piano, String Instruments, Vocal, Wind and Percussion Instruments.

Why Performing Arts programme?

  • High employment rate during studies
  • Active performing practice
  • High-quality auditoriums with new instruments for rehearsals
  • Academic and creative freedom
  • Study exchange opportunities
  • Minor studies opportunities

Student Testimonials

I’m a student of VMU Music Academy, and my experience of studies here has been pretty dynamic and full of hard work. Professors are nice and extremely supportive, which is very important nowadays; fellow students and the administration team are great as well. I definitely enjoy the opportunity to grow and develop here, practice and move towards my personal goals.
Mariia Kurhuzova. Ukraine.

When I started my violin studies at the Music Academy of Vytautas Magnus University, I was not expecting such a large spectrum of possibilities and knowledge. Since the 1st year of studies, I took minor business administration course held by the faculty of Economics and Management. Additionally, I took a part in an entrepreneurship program named “Minded”, which was regarded as a top 3 business traineeship program in Europe. Talking about my major studies, one of the best things in Kaunas MA is newly renovated auditoriums for practicing. It’s very important, especially for instrumentalists. Also, I was studying with a very supportive and demanding teacher. Even though studies with her have been full of hard work, she always supported and believed in me. After graduation, I decided to participate in the Erasmus traineeship program at G. Verdi conservatory. So, I can definitely say that I got Education 360°.
Rūta Klungevičiūtė. Lithuania.

Feedback of lecturer

Music Academy of Vytautas Magnus University is a full-fledged member of the European Association of conservatoires, is active in other international organizations. Music Academy degree programmes are accredited by international experts. Our students are employed in Lithuania and the European Union concert organizations.
Doc. Dr. Saulius Gerulis, Dean of Music Academy


The professors are active and acknowledged artists with national and international acclaim. They are members of various associations and bring a high level of competence. The professional competence is an important factor in fulfilling the purpose of the programme. Some of the lecturers belong to international organizations which are related to their professional or organizational activities.

  • Kostas Tumosa
  • Justas Dvarionas
  • Sabina Martinaitytė
  • Raimondas Butvila
  • Donaldas Račys


Centre for quality assessment in higher education and international experts evaluated Performing Art programme for maximum period, until year 2028.

Competencies acquired

  • To understand the specific features of the musical language, styles, genres, creative techniques, technologies, theoretical sources of knowledge of music, historical context of musical creation and traditions of performance art.
  • To be able to evaluate one’s specialization music repertoire from a theoretical, historical and interpretive points of view.
  • To perform and interpret works of different eras, styles and genres, within the limits of the texts and contexts of these creative works, taking into account the practice of performing the work at a particular period of time.
  • To know the technical differences and similarities of voice and instruments, the relationship of musical material to voice specificities and the technological properties of instruments.
  • To collaborate creatively (identifying and applying general principles of communication, psychological basics, establishing contact with creative work partners and listeners) implementing various musical projects, playing music together with instrumentalists of various specialties, singers and choirs.
  • To establish a link between the functioning of musical art in society, the history of musical activity and other branches of art.
  • To adopt innovative and creative solutions in diverse, unusual circumstances and situations for artistic activities and be able to adapt to constant changes in professional activities.
  • Through reflection and critical thinking, to assess personal skills and competencies, physiological and psychological challenges associated with the musical practice, to develop new artistic ideas creatively, to create activity and work opportunities for oneself and partners, taking into account the current challenges posed to the music performer in the changing cultural and social contexts.

Career opportunities

You will be able to work in the following professional fields:

  • Play, sing in ensembles, musical collectives.
  • Perform roles, play in an orchestra or sing in a choir at various theatres.
  • Establish their own ensembles, musical collectives.
  • Pursue personal pedagogical practice of preparing.
  • Pursue personal pedagogical practice of teaching adults who want to learn an instrument or improve their vocal skills.
  • Pursue a solo career.
  • Take part in musical projects.
  • Continue studying at the master level.
  • Write educational or professional papers for websites and musical journals.

Programme structure

During the first two years of your studies university provides a list of courses in the fields of social sciences, humanities, biomedical, physical, and technological sciences as well as Arts and foreign languages for students to get interdisciplinary knowledge and abilities. Curriculum combines elective and compulsory courses during the first two years of studies.


Admission Requirements

  • A high school diploma Diploma or certificate of previous musical education
  • Proof of English Language: applicant has to present document proving B2 level (TOEFL 87-109 iBT/534-633 PBT, IELTS 5-6,5, Cambridge English First (FCE) 161-180, BEC Vantage 161-180, Michigan ECCE (min. 650), PTE General Level 3, TOEIC Listening & Reading 785, TOEIC Speaking & Writing 310, Duolingo 100-125, EnglishScore 400-499) if the applicant is not native speaker and/or had not received education in English.
  • Motivation interview
  • Admission examination – personal performance video (for more details about programme of performance, please contact Music academy).
  • Admission score counting is based on: Admission examination * 0,7 + Motivation interview * 0,3
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