The Academy of Music in Krakow is composed of 3 faculties: Faculty of Musical Composition, Performance, Analysis and Education, The Instrumental Faculty, and Faculty of Vocal and Drama studies. The Academy employs a total of ca. 280 academic teachers. It is a publicly funded institution of higher education (academic level) funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The Academy of Music concentrates on three major fields: art, research, and teaching. Teaching is conducted by all faculties in full-time studies, in BA and MA programmes. Most faculties also offer postgraduate studies and work experience programmes. The Academy collaborates with universities and other institutions of higher education. It is a member of networks of schools of music: AEC - Association Europeenne des Conservatoires, CEEPUS - Central European Exchange Program for University Studies, ABAM - Association of Baltic Academies of Music, and in the ERASMUS programme, which brings our Academy into bilateral partnerships with over 50 eminent European schools.
The mission of the Academy of Music in Cracow is to offer educational and research opportunities on highest possible level in the field of artistic creation and interpretation, as well as in the field of musicological research. This mission is carried out by offering studies on undergraduate and graduate level as well as professional development courses and work experience programme. The Academy ensembles present concerts available to general public in several concert venues in Krakow, as well as In Poland and abroad. An important objective of the Academy is to develop musicological research and to publish scholarly publications in the field of history, theory and analysis of music.
Concert performance is a significant element of the teaching process at the Academy of Music. The students have the opportunity to perform as members of great symphony and chamber orchestras, the Academyâ€™s choir, its chamber and opera ensembles, as well as soloists and conductors soloists â€“ in any of the several dozen concerts organized at the Academy each year. The repertoire, based on the great European canon, ranges from the Middle Ages to the 21-st century, from the classical to the experimental, from period instruments to traditional ones and electronics and computers. Many projects include collaboration on international level which allows the students to get acquainted with works and performance techniques originating in other countries and cultures. Through projects such as the International Percussion Festival, International Summer Academy, numerous masterclasses and lectures of foreign artists and researchers, the international dimension of artistic cooperation is developed and enhanced. Although the Academy status is that of an artistic school its students participate in numerous and active student research groups.