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UNIVERSIDAD SURCOLOMBIANA, NEIVA Facultad de Educación, Departamento de Música






Street Address:

Av Pastrana Borrero, Carrera 1, Neiva, 385 Huila, Colombia

Postal Address:

Apartado 000385, Neiva, Huila, Colombia


+57 98 875 8890


Undergraduate program


Licenciatura en Educación Artistica. Nine semesters. An integrated program in music, drama and visual arts. Studies in instrumental performance for teaching in school classes. The program introduces the Orff system of music education for teaching in elementary schools.

Institution Notes:

The University was founded in 1970. There is a second campus in La Plata.

Country Notes:

EARLY MUSIC TRAINING. Initial music training in Colombia may be given by private teachers, but more often children attend one of the many government-supported or private music academies operating concurrently with general primary and secondary schools. Many of these institutions are affiliated with university music departments, acting as the junior training centres for those who will later continue with professional music courses after they have completed the secondary school certificate (the Bachiller). PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN MUSIC. The government institute that regulates and approves all higher education in Colombia is the Instituto Colombiano para el Fomento de la Educación Superior (ICFES). Professional music courses thus display a consistency from one institution to another, with most being directed towards the teaching profession. Higher music qualifications are: • Licenciatura en Música (= Bachelor): A teaching qualification awarded following a four or five year course. • Maestría en Música: Equivalent to a Master’s degree in which students may major in performance, composition or choral conducting.

Last Updated:

April 2019