European Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia

an instructional site of

Irish American University

an accredited institution of the

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

announcing a revolutionary new Master of Fine Arts degree programme with a low residency option:

MFA in Piano Performance, Recording and Contemporary Career Development

Academic Year: September 1st, 2021 - August 1st, 2022

Application Window Opens September 2020

Svetlana Smolina, Programme Director

Svetlana Smolina

Film Scoring Masters, Piano Masters, Composition Competition

This unique one-year Masters degree can be completed as a full-time residency degree, a low residency degree, or a combination of both.

  • The world does not need yet another common-practice piano degree. The Piano Academy at the European Academy of Fine Arts has designed an innovative new programme with a tutorial staff of world-renowned classical pianists, contemporary jazz pianists, conductors, recording & mix engineers, music producers and visionaries.

  • A core objective of this Master of Fine Arts degree programme is to address the contemporary needs of the performing and recording artist in our digital age. Students will master the art of recording, editing, mixing and mastering the audio and video components of their performances, and discover the potential for exploitation of their unique musical identity to the global marketplace.

  • Students will study under principal piano professors in Sofia and/or from surrounding European capital cities such as Vienna, Berlin, Paris, or London, or in their home country or nearby metropolis in the United States, Asia, and more. A complete list of participating countries, cities and teaching professors will be available in 2020​.

  • The final Masters project culminates with a live performance of a piano concerto with symphony orchestra. These performances, together with the student's final solo recital, are professionally recorded [multi-track multi-cam HD audio and video], mixed and mastered. 

Module Catalogue

Svetlana Smolina, Module Leader

Module 1: Solo Piano

(6 credits)

Study piano at the Academy or with a prominent piano artist in a locality near you via our unique low residency degree.

Inna Faliks, Module Leader

Module 2: Teaching Pedagogy
(6 credits)

Learn integral components of effective piano teaching pedagogy. To teach is to learn is to grow.

Mike Lang, Module Leader

Module 3: Comping and
Cross-Style Versatility (6 credits)

Equip yourself to handle any gig, including comping & accompanying  contemporary singers / instrumentalists.

Module Leader TBA

Module 4: Career Development, Promotion and Programming
(6 credits)

Getting the gig: learn modern strategies of marketing, effective self-promotion and online presence.

Debbie Smith, Module Leader

Module 5: Piano Recording, Mixing and Videography
(3 credits)

In this age of technology, it's not enough to just play. Master how to mic, record, mix, and edit your audio and video footage.

Module Leader TBA

Module 6: Chamber Ensemble Performance & Advanced Listening Techniques (3 credits)

Discover a higher level of musical awareness, communication & sight reading skills through immersion and practice. 

Module Leader TBA

Module 7: The Art of Operatic Accompaniment

(3 credits)

Refine the subtle intricacies of accompanying vocalists, instrumentalists and ensembles. 

Svetlana Smolina, Module Leader

Module 8: Solo Recital
(3 credits)

Perform a solo piano recital 

Svetlana Smolina, Module Leader

Module 9: Major Project,

Concerto Performance
(18 credits)

A unique opportunity: perform the concerto of your choice with a professional symphony orchestra.

Total Credits: 54

For more information, pre-enrollment procedures and scholarship opportunities:

European Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia is an Instructional Site of Irish American UniversityIAMU is an accredited institution of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the organization that accredits The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York Academy of Art, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, West Point United States Military Academy, and more.

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