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Street Address:

Ul Świętego Tomasza 43, PL-31027 Kraków, Poland


+48 12 422 2343


Undergraduate program


Bachelor of Music. Four years. Studies include performance (classical, jazz, early music, opera), composition, orchestral conducting, music education, Orff, church music.


Graduate programs


Master of Music. In performance, composition, conducting, musicology, ethnomusicology, music therapy, arts management. Dr. habil.


Other program


Higher Professional Study in Music Editing.

Institution Notes:

The Academy was founded in 1888. It is regarded as equivalent to a university and was granted its current name and status in 1979. Krzysztof Penderecki is a former Rector of the Academy. There are three faculties: • Faculty of Composition, Interpretation and Music Education; • Instrumental Faculty; • Faculty of Vocal Music and Drama. There are also Institutes of Church Music, and Music Analysis and Interpretation. The library is organising a collection of the manuscripts of Polish composers of the past 200 years. Concerts are held in the Bronislaw Rutkowski Hall (the ‘Florianka’) at the Academy. An academic journal 'Vive' is published regularly. Facilities include a state-of-the-art music recording studio. The Academy organises an annual international flute competition in March as well as an international summer academy in music performance over a period of three weeks each September. An active member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

Country Notes:

PROFESSIONAL MUSIC TRAINING. Music study at post-secondary levels in Poland is taken at Academies of Music which offer university-equivalent courses leading to the award of university diplomas and degrees as follows: Magister Sztuki (Master of Arts), four to six years, depending upon the major study. Doctorat (dr. hab. or doktor habilitowany). Gifted students may proceed through the professional academic levels of Assistant, Master Assistant, Adjunct (Reader), Docent (Assistant Professor), Professor. TRAINING FOR MUSIC TEACHERS. Courses of music training for elementary and secondary school teachers and for teachers in music schools are taken in pedagogical universities (Wyzsza Szkola Pedagogiczna) within their departments of music education. Many Polish music schools are members of the POLISH ASSOCIATION OF MUSIC SCHOOLS (Ogólnopolskie Stowarzyszenie Szkół Muzycznych) , which itself is a member of the European Music Schools Union (EMU) with headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands. Email: THE POLISH MUSIC INFORMATION CENTRE (Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej). The Centre aims to promote Polish music worldwide and to further the interests of Polish composers, musicologists and performers. It collects and makes available scores, books and periodicals on Polish contemporary music, and organises a database of composers and musicologists. Rynek Starego Miasta 27, Warszawa, PL-00-272, Poland. Website The Polish Music Information Centre is a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres.

Last Updated:

January 2020