The study of the guitar at the Dresden College of Music is characterized by the abolition of the strict separation of the concert guitar and jazz guitar in the training practice. This created a comprehensive artistic and pedagogical training for an all-round musician on this instrument. This interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching is considered one of the most successful of all today.
The focus of the study programme is the development of an artistic personality with all its creative potential, who confidently meets the requirements of the current music business. The basis for this is the comprehensive technical and musical training and promotion of creativity and independence.
The basic Bachelor degree guarantees a good and diversified education in which all essential styles and variations of the acoustic guitar are dealt with in detail. Besides the music for concert guitar (and lute/vihuela) from the Renaissance to the present, the traditional and modern variations of fingerstyle belong to the main focuses of the study.
Substantial insights into folkloristic inspired music (e.g. Latin America, North America, Spain, the Arab world) complete the course of study. There are in-depth seminars on the rhythms of Brazil, the Argentine tango, the influences from Arabia and flamenco, the music of the Balkans and the traditions of fingerstyle.
The guitar training at the Dresden College of Music is characterized by stylistic openness. The training courses Jazz/Rock/Pop-E-Guitar and Acoustic Guitar are strongly interconnected. Throughout the entire course of study, there is a constant connection with jazz training on the guitar, whose basics are compulsory in the bachelor's course and can then be taken optionally according to individual objectives and interests.
The European Guitar Award will be given to exceptionally creative guitarists based on the decision of the committee. The aim of this selection is to find musicians, who have the competence and proficiency to combine an original and intensive way of performing with a high instrumental quality. The competition is open to any musician from all European countries as long as they were born after April 5th, 1990. To be considered for this award, presented compositions of the applicants must be original (compositions related to traditional themes are also allowed).
There are no restrictions on type of guitar, styles of music or duration of single works. However, final performances must not be longer than 15 minutes and music has to be performed live, by two musicians at most (the composer must be one of them). When there are two musicians performing as a duo, there are no restrictions as to what the second instrument should be.
For any further information on application, committee, award, workshops and concerts please visit the pages of the 5th European Guitar Award
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