Modernizing European Higher Music Education Through Improvisation

Institutions: Bucharest

Bucharest: National University of Music

The academic community of the National University of Music Bucharest has a unique combination of traditions and dynamics of our fast changing world. We owe our success to our excellent teaching staff (more than 250), numerous students (more than 800) and alumni who perform on the most prestigious stages of Europe and around the world.

         The National University of Music Bucharest (UNMB) defines its strategic development objectives grounded in 140 years of tradition and is committed to being an active part in constructing the European area of higher music education. We are particularly interested in encouraging the individual expression and growth of our students and teaching staff.

The National University of Music Bucharest has two main faculties:

  • Ø Faculty of Performing Arts (all classical instruments and singing)
  • Ø Faculty of Composition, Musicology and Music Pedagogy (Composition, Musicology, Music Pedagogy, Orchestral and Choir Conducting, Jazz-Pop Music and Church Music).

The studies at the National University of Music Bucharest are accredited in three levels:

Bachelor degree

- 4 years full time study, 240 ECTS (instrumental and singing studies, composition and musicology) and

- 3 years full time study, 180 ECTS (for music pedagogy and Byzantine music).

Master degree, 120 ECTS - 2 years full time study

Doctoral degree, 180 ECTS - 3 years full time study.

Doctoral School of UNMB provides two types of doctoral programs, as follows:

  1. Professional doctoral degree
  2. Scientific doctoral degree

Recognized degree: - Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Duration of study: 6 semesters (full-time).

More details regarding the Doctoral School, can be found on the following website:

        The academic year is divided into:

- winter semester: 1st of October - 1st week of February (including the exam session) 

- summer semester: 3rd week of February - 1st week of July (including the exam session) 

Language of instruction: Romanian

The experience of the National University of Music within the classical improvisation field is at the very beginning. Only the Composition Department has included it in the curriculum. The Faculty of Composition, Musicology and Music Pedagogy offers improvisation within the Jazz department.


Website: National University of Music