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UNIVERSITY OF TARTU (Tartu Ülikooli), VILJANDI Centre for the Arts - Viljandi Culture Academy






Street Address:

Music House, Viljandi Culture Academy, Jakobsoni 14, 71020 Viljandi, Estonia

Postal Address:

Posti 1, 71004 Viljandi, Estonia

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Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts. Four years. Specialisation in traditional music, rhythm music, school music, sound engineering. Studies may include performance, choral and instrumental conducting, music history, jazz history, ethnomusicology, traditional instrument construction, Estonian folk music, liturgical music, culture management, music education, Orff methodology, Gregorian chant.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts. In music education, traditional music, sound engineering.

Institution Notes:

The University of Tartu's Centre for the Arts was opened in 2017, offering courses for all students at the University as well as for interested members of the local community. It forms part of the University's Viljandi Culture Academy, one of four colleges of the University. The Academy offers programs in music, performing arts, culture education and Estonian native crafts. Member of the association of higher schools of the Nordic countries providing folk music education NORDTRAD. An active member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

Country Notes:

MUSIC FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN. Music education in Estonia is available to all school students for one hour per week within the general school program, and is usually taught by music specialists. Parallel with general school classes is a system of music schools operating throughout the country, providing a more concentrated training in various aspects of music. Music school tuition is available in practical performance, ensemble activities (choirs, instrumental ensembles), theory, music history and musicianship, and may begin from as early as seven years for those wishing to learn piano, violin, violoncello, recorder or folk instruments. Recorder students have the option of later moving on to clarinet or flute. A later age entry caters for those interested in learning brass, double bass and double reed instruments. Music school courses are completed by the age of 14, coinciding with the completion of the seven-year Certificate of Education. The particularly talented may obtain entry (between 6 and 8 years of age) to a fully residential ‘special’ music school known as the Tallinn Music Secondary School where free tuition is available from expert teachers for up to twelve years. The main aim of the school is to prepare students for continuing their studies at the Music Academy. PROFESSIONAL MUSIC TRAINING. Training tracks for those choosing music as a profession are those offered at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the University of Tartu. Specific courses for training music teachers are of four years’ duration. PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS. Many Estonian music schools are members of the Estonian Union of Music Schools, which itself is a member of the European Music Schools Union (EMU) with headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands. Email: THE ESTONIAN MUSIC INFORMATION CENTRE (Eesti Muusika Infokeskus). This Centre, established in 1995, provides information on Estonian classical and contemporary music, composers, music organisation and music life in general. It organises concerts and festivals. Kivisilla 4-2, Tallinn 10145, Estonia Tel +372 645 4395 Fax +372 645 4395 Email: Website: The Estonian Music Information Centre is a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres.

Last Updated:

April 2019