The speciality of Choral Conducting is educating highly – qualified staff of future conductors to meet the needs of professional music institutions and voluntary musical movements, as well as music academies, teacher training colleges, primary and secondary music schools, comprehensive and vocational schools. A wide range of subjects, such as, conducting, scores reading, voice emission or methodology of choral conducting, gives the opportunity to gain expertise and practice in choral and orchestral conducting.
The artistic activity within this speciality includes organising concerts, competitions and festivals. The educators are not only the conductors of academic choirs, but they are also the animators and conductors of different choirs in the Pomeranian region. They have succeeded in many national and international competitions and festivals. Organising various and numerous sessions, seminars, symposiums and workshops in the field of choral music is the main element of this educational activity.
The speciality of Music Education trains students in the area of music education and animation. Moreover, it improves their theoretical knowledge and practical skills, which enables teaching music in comprehensive and music schools.
Students of Music Education with English language (Bachelor’s Degree studies) can graduate with a C1 level of language competence, in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Graduates of the speciality Music Education and Multimedia (Master’s Degree studies) are supposed to achieve skills in teaching with the use of various IT and multimedia techniques.
Students of the aforementioned specialities are engaged in the activity of the Students’ Association for Music Education (KNEM), which from the very beginning of its existence has organized Students Music Programme for the primary school pupils. Regular concerts entitled Students for Pupils exemplify an important component of KNEM activity. Twice a year students together with children prepare and perform My own music theatre (a compilation of music and drama) for the first to third- form pupils and for the kindergarteners. Interestingly, Rector Magnificus of the Music Academy in Gdansk nominated KNEM for the best scientific society of the Baltic Coast in the Red Rose competition.
Eurythmics is currently regarded as a pedagogic and artistic discipline. It was created by the Swiss composer and pedagogue Emil Jaques – Dalcroze. Within the scope of this speciality the following main subjects are studied – eurhythmics, movement compositions of musical pieces, movement technique, folk dance, historical dance, modern dance, piano improvisation and eurhythmics groups. Also, seminar of Emil Jaques – Dalcroze’s method, anatomy and physiology of movement, the methodology of eurhythmics and ear training, and teaching practice.
Each stage of these studies is concluded with a thesis defence and an artistic diploma. The Bachelor’s Artistic Diploma consists of preparing two movement interpretations of music with children, while the Master’s Artistic Diploma relies on preparing two choreographies to music with students of Eurhythmics.
From the very beginning of Eurhythmics, pedagogues in this specialization have pursued a lively artistic and scientific activity. Along with students, they have participated in numerous workshops, seminars, scientific sessions and conferences organized in Poland and abroad. Furthermore, they have organized Piano Improvisation and Music Movement Interpretation Concerts performed in Polish and European cities.
The Speciality of Church Music educates highly qualified church musicians in the field of playing the organ, becoming bandleaders, choirmasters or cantors and also school teachers. A comprehensive picture of a graduate profile consists of practical skills and broad theoretical knowledge, starting with detailed musicological disciplines, through philosophy, pedagogy, psychology, and ending with theology. Students of Church Music have the only opportunity in Poland to learn to play a unique instrument called the carillon.
As part of the annual scientific sessions named “Musica Sacra” a wide range of issues related to the musical church culture is presented from the historical and contemporary points of view.