MFA in Piano Performance, Recording and Contemporary Career Development
The Ultimate One-Year Practical Experience for Modern Pianists
How does it work?
The Low-Residency Option is designed to provide students with the exact same course curriculum content as in the full-time MFA programme, with the difference being that the students can elect to have their one-on-one private lessons with a teacher in the city of their residence, or they can elect to do a combination of one-on-one lessons with a teacher in the city of their residence, combined with synchronous and asynchronous online lessons with other faculty members of The Piano Conservatory.
Students will be required to visit to Bulgaria for their Major Project Concerto Experience during the summer months (June, July and August), where they will also avail of masterclasses and intensive modules that will be delivered live. The remainder of the programme's modules will be delivered via asynchronous and synchronous online classes.
This Low-Residency Option will allow students to complete an MFA without having to interrupt their lives for a year. This option is particularly advantageous to those students who may be in a teaching (or other) position but require a higher degree for their career advancement, and for those that cannot, for one reason or another, take a year out of their lives for full-time MFA study.
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The world does not need yet another common-practice piano degree. The Piano Conservatory 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 rehearsals and performances, and discover the potential for exploitation of their unique musical identity to the global marketplace.
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 for inclusion in the student's professional portfolio.
9 Module Catalogue
Film Scoring Masters, Piano Masters, Composition Competition
Total Credits: 54
6 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Six merit-based scholarships offered to qualifying students as determined by the Admissions Board.
No additional scholarship applications. All accepted students are automatically considered for scholarships.
Additional Program Information
Tuition & Fees
2021-2022 Academic Calendar
Do I need a Visa for the Low-Residency Option?
For most students, the answer to this question will be No. Students will be required to be present in Sofia for the summer months (June, July, August) but will not stay past the 90-day tourist vist limit.
video examples of you playing or performing three (3) different pieces of contrasting styles (these need to be uploaded to a video streaming service such as YouTube or Vimeo so that you can insert links into your application for the Admissions Board to view)
1-page Letter of Interest, detailing why you are a viable candidate to be considered by the Admissions Board for the MFA Program
copies (Image or PDF) of any music degrees / certifications you have earned
CV / Resume (PDF format)