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The subject of the competition is work on the architectural and urban planning design of the new building of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. The area planned for the construction of the Faculty of Music’s building spans parts of the surfaces of the following plots: Part of Cadastral Plot 12/8 Cadastral Community Stari grad and Part of Cadastral Plot 49/1 Cadastral Community Stari grad The public purpose construction plot Ј4-1 in Unit 5 has an approximate floor area of 14,057m2.

The competition design entails the formation of the premises of a higher education institution as a modern, communicate, open institution to enable the affirmation of all the planned activities, at the same time honouring the historical character and the quality of the setting in which the unit is located.

The participants are expected to, in line with the programme’s requirements and purpose and the development trends in higher education institution, organize, in terms of function, contents, setting and technology, the areas intended for various types of activities within the centre, in order that the location’s capacities and potentials be used in the best possible manner and a rational and attractive architectural solution be formed, a flexible and communicative space of contemporary character be formed, satisfying the needs of all the types of both the contemporary and classical performing arts.

The participants are also expected to ensure that the total character of the proposed design be a representative one, in line with the cultural and historical values, the setting and its volumetrics and that, as a highlighted point of identity, it should contribute to the identified quality of the space both in visual and cognitive terms.

The new building should be planned as a unique spatial, functional and design unit - a unique volume or a composition of several spatial volumes which visually form a unique complex. 

The proposed spatial and functional design should also include the needs of the future development of the institution with the planned new study programmes.

The draft architectural and urban planning design must display a high architectural quality, both in visual and spatial structure terms, as well as in terms of the applied materials. It is also necessary for the arrangement of free and green areas, including roof surfaces, to be in harmony with the ambience. Plan a potential active roof surfaces as a functional, with representative development, open and green space. The formation of open areas within the plot entails their representative development and equipment with street furniture.

The quality and type of materialization should express the importance  and representativeness of the space, so it is necessary to provide permanent, strong, resistant and chromatically and aesthetically compatible materials.

Through careful planning and harmonization of elements forming the volumetrics of the building, one should aspire to a high-quality relation with the environment and connection at the micro-setting level.

Obligations in the Formation of the Area

The recognizable architectural and urban planning design in accordance with the purpose, characteristics and significance of the location, which corresponds with the surroundings. The primary requirements of the organization of space are the possibility of versatile use, making it easy to pass through and to get one bearings, the simplicity and efficacy of the use of communication rooms. The users’ movements need to be logical, in accordance with the dynamics of the usage of various contents and the number of visitors. The incoming and outgoing paths ought to be clearly and simply organized; the good functional connection between the rooms at each level and on the vertical plan; the application of the materials of adequate physical, functional and ecological characteristics, in accordance with the programme and exploitation requirements related to the purpose and security regulations. It is desirable that the roof terraces be accessible and used to the maximum. This should be provided without disturbing the organization and flexibility of the entire structure.

The designed solution should provide infrastructural equipment at the highest level, in terms of user comfort. All approaches and maneuvering spaces should satisfy the unimpeded movement of persons with reduced mobility.

The traffic scheme from the valid planning documentation, provided in the competition documents, represents a fixed element for the competition design.

About the Faculty of Music - Introduction

The Faculty of Music is an institution of higher education within the University of Arts in Belgrade and is engaged in higher education activities in the field of music, arts, social sciences, and humanities. Its founder is the Republic of Serbia, and as part of its predominant activity the Faculty offers basic, master, specialist and doctoral academic studies. Apart from the academic study programmes, the Faculty also offers artistic work, artistic research, scientific research and expert research in one or several fields.

The Faculty of Music in Belgrade promotes artistic activity and realizes teaching and educational activity of the highest quality, while respecting the principles and values of  European university education in accordance with the Law on Higher Education of the Republic of Serbia, as well as the standards and guidelines of the National Council for Higher Education of the Republic of Serbia. The highest level of quality of study programs, teaching process, artistic, scientific and professional work, permanent improvement of the entire activity and development of quality culture has been achieved by ensuring and constantly improving the quality, which contributes to the positioning of the Faculty as a modern and attractive European higher education institution, a national and regional leader in the domain of higher education in the field of music.

The need for a purpose-built building

 Ever since it was founded in 1937, i.e. for more than 80 years, the Faculty of Music has been “temporarily” accommodated in a building at 50 Kralja Milana street. Although the premises have been utilized to the maximum, several other premises as well are used for teaching under lease agreements or cooperation agreements. Also, several other cultural institutions permit the use of their premises for the organization of the concert activities of teachers and students of the Faculty of Music. In Belgrade alone, the Faculty organizes over 300 concerts a year, and has thus been positioned as one of the most important factors in the production of art music in our region. In addition, the Faculty is the organizer of numerous lectures and scientific conferences (for example, six international scholarly events were organized in 2019).

However, the organization of teaching, concert activities and all other forms of work in so many different spaces imposes large-scale organizational and financial obligations and unnecessarily wastes human and material resources. The construction of a purpose-built building for the needs of the Faculty of Music would create conditions for the maximum utilization of human resources, i.e. for professors and students to reach their full potential. Such a building would allow for organization of concerts of not only symphony, opera, chamber and solo music, but also of jazz concerts, concerts of Serbian traditional music, scientific conferences, lectures and forums, as well as the organization of classical and modern ballets (the plan is to open a department for artistic dance). Belgrade and Serbia would gain a lot with this, both in terms of ensuring better conditions for teaching students from Serbia and abroad (there has been continual cooperation with institutions from China), and in terms of space for music events - as a cultural centre that is always available to the citizens of Belgrade, as well as to tourists who have been increasing in numbers.

With over two hundred artists (teachers, assistants, artistic associates and researchers), nearly 50 scientists (teachers, assistants and researchers), and nearly 1000 students, this institution has the potential to organize several hundred concerts a year, as well as to organize many other events. This is not the only aspect in which the work of the Faculty would be improved, since adequate space would create better conditions for the organization of artistic research, scientific research, as well as interdisciplinary research in cooperation with numerous academic and scientific institutions in the country and abroad. This would also create better conditions for the digitalization of Serbia's intangible cultural heritage.

The mission and vision of the Faculty of Music

directly aim towards maintaining notable results in educational processes as well as in high artistic and scientific reputation. In accordance with general trends and aspirations in high music education in Europe and worldwide, our vision is achievement of important long-term strategic objectives, which include working dynamic and upgrading of educational and other work processes, commitment to the quality of achieved results of our students and staff, encouraging students to undertake new challenges and projects, work on internationalization and quality control, achievement of financial stability and sustainability, providing support to students and employees allowing them to reach their full potential within the scientific and artistic field of music.

In 2020, two new master study programmes were accredited (Music Direction and Applied Research in Music), with a view to responding to the needs of the modern market focused on digital technologies and modern media practices. The new building will additionally open opportunities for the realization of these study programmes - with better working conditions in the modernly equipped sound studios and in the appropriate acoustic spaces.

The plan is to open a department of artistic dance, which directly depends on spatial capacities, i.e. on the construction of a purpose-built facility for the needs of the Faculty. There is an obvious lack of higher education in the field of artistic dance in the region of the Western Balkans. There are three ballet schools in Serbia (in Belgrade, Pančevo and Novi Sad), whose graduates can continue their education only abroad. We believe that the opening of this department at the Faculty would ensure the continuation of education for high school graduates from Serbia - and attract students from the region.

With the existence of concert halls - the Faculty can become an extremely important entity in the cultural practice of the municipality, city and country. One of the visions is to organize music and dance events all 365 days a year - which will contribute to the education of the local community, as well as to the protection of intangible cultural heritage (through presentations of Serbian artistic and traditional music), development of Belgrade's tourist offer and internationalization of the institution. In addition, the Faculty of Music is a socially responsible institution which educates people from socially vulnerable groups, as well as persons with disabilities.

The history of the Faculty of Music

The Faculty of Music in Belgrade was founded as the Academy of Music by a decree of the Ministry of Education dated 31 March 1937, while the official date of the commencement of work is 21 November 1937, when the opening and sanctification ceremony was held. With the establishment of this institution, the national framework rounded up the system of music education for the first time. The foundation of the institution was entrusted to an expert commission, which consisted of a composer and musicologist Kosta Manojlović, then the first rector of the Academy, a composer and conductor Stevan Hristić and a violinist and composer Petar Stojanović, while the composer and conductor Jovan Bandur was appointed an administrative director. They developed the curricula for the studies in seven departments for composition and conducting, vocal studies, the piano, the violin, the cello, the theatre arts and music teaching. The teaching staff for basic subjects has been appointed. There were nine teachers of the Academy and nine teachers of the high school in the first board, and at the beginning of the school year, three more part-time teachers of the Academy and six teachers of the high school were hired. The initial material conditions were provided - the building, library and instruments. What is particularly impressive is the fact that in the first year of its work, the library had a fund of over seven thousand publications collected through donations. The donors included France, Turkey, the Republic of Estonia, Britain, the Library of Congress in Washington, the Moscow Union of Composers, numerous institutions from all over Yugoslavia, whereas the most significant contribution was given by the Brussels Committee which donated 4902 "carefully collected and selected works". The first generation, of thirty-eight students, was enrolled in autumn. At the same time, one hundred and three students attended high school in the departments of theoretical studies, vocal studies, instruments (the piano, the violin, the cello, the double bass) and ballet.

The first years of work of the Academy were marked by gradual increase of number of students, their first public concerts, as well as by forming a clear physiognomy of certain departments. The April War in 1941 suspended the classes until March 1945, when the activities of the Academy were renewed in liberated Belgrade. After 1945, by virtue of a decision of the Commission of Education, and following the example of the then Soviet system of music education, the first of many reforms of the organizational structure of the Academy was carried out (the theatre and, temporarily, until 1946, the teaching department were cancelled), the lower grades of secondary school were joined with the Preparatory School, and the duration of the higher grades was extended to seven years. The National Academy of Music organized classes in six departments: composition and conducting, vocal studies, the piano, string instruments and the harp, wind instruments and ballet). The teaching board had 57 members. The head of the Academy was our prominent composer Petar Konjović, who invested special efforts in resolving spatial problems. The new organizational structure of the school proved to be unsuitable, and in 1948, in agreement with other related institutions in Yugoslavia (in Zagreb and Ljubljana), the new curricula were made, with the re-separation of secondary (four-year) and higher education (lasting four and five year, depending on the department).

In 1955, changes took place again: the Josip Slavenski High School of Music and the Academy of Music were administratively separated, and shortly afterwards it joined the association of other art colleges, and so in 1957, at the time of the twentieth anniversary of the first art colleges was celebrated, the Academy of Arts was founded.

The most significant changes in the post-war years are those related to the introduction of certain wind instruments (1959 flute, clarinet and bassoon, 1960/61 oboe and trumpet, 1961/62 horn and trombone) in the curriculum, because until then they could only be studied in military high schools. That is how the Wind Instruments department was born at the Academy. In those years, the establishment of the Department of Music History and Musical Folklore (1948) was significant, which under the auspices of the Academy began the study of Yugoslav and world music history, and a new impulse was given to the research of our rich folklore heritage (especially after 1961, when the studies of major subjects in music history and musical folklore were differentiated). With the changes in the statute that occurred due to the new law on higher education from 1963, the possibility of choosing the organ as the main subject in the piano department was opened and the double bass was introduced.

Postgraduate studies at the Academy of Music were introduced for the first time in 1957, and thus the opportunity was created for the best to continue their education by acquiring a master's degree in art and a master's degree in science. The development was reflected in a further increase in the number of teachers and students and in the opening of new departments and classes of first-degree higher education in other cities (Novi Sad and Niš, 1962), which laid the foundations for the development of higher music education in other important cultural centres.

In 1973, the Academy changed its name to the Faculty of Music Arts, at the same time as the other art schools, and by their association it received the status of an independent Belgrade University of Arts. At the time, the Faculty organized teaching at eight departments - composition, conducting, vocal studies, the piano and the harp, string instruments, wind instruments, history of music and musical folklore (later, for musicology and ethnomusicology), music theory (later, for general music pedagogy). Over time, the number of instruments that can be studied has increased (by opening the classes for organ, guitar, harpsichord, percussion, chamber music). A new quality of wind instrument studies was achieved by introducing opportunities to get acquainted with numerous alternative instruments in the third year of studies (piccolo flute, alt-flute, Es-clarinet, bass clarinet, English horn, contra bassoon, alt-trombone), while the tuba was introduced as the main subject. In ethnomusicology, it was possible to study the Serbian folk tradition, and the collection, preservation and research of folklore and artistic tradition in our country was taken over by the phonoarchive established within the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology.

Since 1985, there was a possibility of obtaining a doctorate in musicology, ethnomusicology and music theory and pedagogy at the Faculty. At the Department of Composition, teaching has been modernized by opening an electronic studio. Since 1998/1999, a remote department of the Faculty started working in 2002/ in Kragujevac, which grew into an independent Faculty of Philology and Arts in 2002/2003. The recent organizational changes include the establishment of the Poly-Instrumental Department in 1993, and of the Department of Jazz and Popular Music, unique in the region, in 2012.

Number of students and teachers

In the eight decades of the Faculty’s work, through June 2017, 6249 students finished the undergraduate studies, 737 magister’s degrees were awarded, 490 students received their master's degrees and 139 doctors of sciences or arts were promoted.

Today, 940 students have been enrolled at all the levels of study.

The Faculty employs 202 teachers and associates. The non-teaching staff has 43 employees.

The teaching process also includes:

3 professors emeritus,

11 visiting professors,

10 part-time teachers,

9 researchers with the title of trainee researcher or research associate

The number of students of the basic academic studies (the studies last 4 years - 240 ECTS)

Number of students of the master academic studies (the studies last 1 year

- 60 ECTS or 2 years - 120 ECTS)

Number of students of the specialist academic studies (studies last 1 year

– 60 ECTS)

Number of students of the doctoral academic studies (studies last 3 years

– 180 ECTS)





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A total of 150 students are planned for the dance study programme in the duration of five years (10 semesters) and 300 ECTS.


Accreditation of the Institution and the Study Programmes

From 2006/2007, the organization of work and teaching at the Faculty is adjusted to the standards of the Bologna Convention.

The following study programmes: Composition, Performing Arts and Music Studies, Specialist and Doctoral Academic Studies were accredited in 2017 by the National Body for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education, and the Certificates of Accreditation of the Institution and the Study Programmes are available from the Faculty’s website (http://www.fmu.bg.ac.rs/vazna_dokumenta.php). In 2020, the Faculty accredited two new study programmes for the master academic studies: Music Direction with 120 ECTS and a total of 20 students and Applied Music Research with 60 ECTS and a total of 10 students.

The Faculty of Music in Belgrade is the only higher education institution in the country and the region that has been positively evaluated by MusiQuE - an independent European organization based in Brussels, dedicated to quality control and improvement in higher education in the field of music and a member of ENQA

- European Association for Quality Control in Higher Education, with a specific field of activity. In 2019, the Faculty of Music underwent an institutional evaluation procedure by MusiQuE, which confirmed a high degree of compliance with European standards of higher music education.

Activities of the Departments

The departments at the Faculty are established for one or more related narrow artistic, scientific, i.e. professional fields. The department consists of all the teachers and associates who have been selected for the specialized artistic, scholarly or professional field of which the department is in charge.

There are thirteen departments and the Department of complementary scientific and professional disciplines at the Faculty:

Composition Department – employing 13 teachers and 4 associates;

Conducting Department - employing 6 teachers and 4 associates;

Vocal Studies Department - employing 6 teachers and 8 associates;

The Piano Department - employing 24 teachers;

Strings Department - employing 21 teachers and 11 associates;

Wind instruments department - employing 10 teachers and 6 associates;

Department of musicology - employing 11 teachers and 2 associates;

Department of Ethnomusicology - employing 7 teachers and 2 associates;

Solfeggio and Music Pedagogy Department - employing 11 teachers and 3 associates;

Music theory department - employing 11 teachers and 3 associates;

Poly-instrumental department - employing 9 teachers and 1 associate;

Chamber music department - employing 10 teachers;

Department of jazz and popular music - employing 11 teachers, and

Unit for Complementary Scholarly and Professional Disciplines, which consists of all full-time teachers and associates, who have been elected in their specialized scholarly, i.e. professional fields, which do not fall within the Faculty of Music’s competence, i.e. the University of Arts which employs 9 teachers and 1 associate.

At the Faculty, 3 professors emeritus are involved in the teaching process. At the proposal of the Faculty, and for the purpose of the teaching process, the University of Arts has selected 11 visiting professors, who are occasionally hired by the Faculty. Every year, 10 part-time teachers are involved in the teaching process (retired professors and professors elected to titles at other faculties, both at our University and at the University of Belgrade).

Establishment of the Department of Artistic Dance

In recent years, a strong need has been recognized for the expansion of education in the field of artistic dance to the level of higher education in our country. At the initiative of the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade and with the strong support of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, it has been agreed that the establishment of a department of artistic dance at the Faculty of Music would be the best solution.

By establishing a higher education institution in the field of ballet and art, Serbia would achieve the European standards in the field of higher education in art, thus confirming the already recognized quality of our dancers and enabling them to obtain degrees of the highest level of professional education in the country. The establishment of the Department of artistic dance at the Faculty of Music would be expedient, bearing in mind that the Faculty of Music already has a highly professional staff consisting of teachers, associates, administrative and support staff, and that only an additional engagement of a small number of highly professional teaching staff would be necessary.

The  space necessary for the realization of teaching and accompanying activities in this field would be obtained, however, only after the construction of a purpose-built new building of the Faculty of Music.


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Faculty of Music’s Photo Archives

Structure of the study programmes

The classes at the Faculty are organized within 13 study programmes at three levels of study - basic, master, specialist and doctoral studies, and with a total of 113 modules in all the artistic and scientific fields related to music,  the relevant departments being in charge of their realization.

The Basic Academic Studies include the following programmes and modules:

Composition (Composition Department), Performing arts with modules

  • conducting (Conducting department),
  • vocal studies (Vocal studies department),
  • The piano (the Piano Department),
  • the violin, the viola, the cello, the double bass (Strings Department),
  • flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba (Wind Instruments department),
  • guitar, organ, percussion, harp, harpsichord (Poly-instrumental department),
  • jazz drums, jazz guitar, jazz piano, jazz double bass, jazz singing, jazz saxophone, jazz trombone, jazz trumpet (Department of Jazz and Popular Music)

Music Studies, with the following modules: Musicology (Department of Musicology),

Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology (Department of Ethnomusicology), Music Pedagogy (Solfeggio and Music Pedagogy Department) and Music Theory (Department of Music Theory).

The Master Academic Studies, in addition to all the programmes and modules of the Basic Academic Studies, also include the  Chamber music module within the Performing Arts study programme, of which the Department of Chamber Music is in charge. They also include the Music Direction and Applied Research in Music study programmes.

The Specialist Academic Studies include study programmes in the field of performing arts with the following modules:

conducting (Conducting Department), vocal studies (Vocal Studies Department), the piano (Piano Department),

the violin, the viola, the cello, the double bass (Strings Department),

flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba (Wind instruments department), guitar, organ, percussion, harp, harpsichord (Poly-instrumental department), and

chamber music (Chamber music department),

as well as the Music Theory study programme, organized by the Department of Music Theory.

As part of the doctoral academic studies, classes are also organized in the following study programmes: composition (Composition Department),

Performing arts with modules:

conducting (Conducting Department), vocal studies (Vocal Studies Department), the piano (Piano Department),

the violin, the viola, the cello, the double bass (the Strings Department), the flute, the clarinet, the bassoon, the trumpet, the trombone (the Wind Instruments Department), the guitar, the percussions, the harp, the harpsichord (the Poly-Instrumental Department) and chamber music (the Chamber Music Department),

Music Studies, with the following modules: Musicology (Department of Musicology),

Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology (Department of Ethnomusicology), Music Pedagogy (Solfeggio and Music Pedagogy Department) and Music Theory (Department of Music Theory).

The teaching at all levels of study is coordinated by the competent departments, i.e. the Unit, the Council of Heads of Departments and the Faculty Council. Classes are organized in different forms, depending on the specific features and objectives of the study programmes.

The teaching activity within the study programmes or modules in the field of art is organized as an individual, group and collective one. The organization of teaching is based on all three modes of teaching, depending on the type and nature of the subject. The size of the group in group classes, depending on the type and nature of the subject, is from 2 to 20 students. Collective classes are organized for a group of up to 300 students. The teaching activity within the study programmes or modules in the field of social sciences and humanities is organized as group teaching. The size of the group for lectures and practical work depends on the levels of study and type of subject (lectures: general education and theoretical and methodological subjects of the basic academic studies up to 300 students, scientific and professional and professional and applied up to 200 students, practical work: the general education and theoretical and methodological subjects of the basic academic studies up to 70 students, scientific and professional, professional and professional and applied up to 50 students; lectures of master academic studies up to 50 students and practical work of master academic studies up to 25 students). In the case of study programmes in the field of social sciences and humanities at our faculty, the size of a group equals the number of enrolled students in the corresponding year.

The structure of the study programmes follows the national accreditation standards and relies on a rich institutional tradition and experience, as well as on contemporary European trends in music profession. Thus, through the projects co-financed by the European Union in which the Faculty participated as a coordinator or partner, such as the Tempus project InMusWB (2011-15), two Jean Monnet modules (2014-), the Rostrum+ project (2015-18), the study programmes and curricula were introduced or modernized. In this way, for example, the study programme for jazz and popular music was introduced through the aforementioned Tempus programme project InMusWB. Currently, the Faculty of Music is the main implementer of the Erasmus+ project Capacity Building in Higher Education entitled “Improving digital competencies and entrepreneurial skills of academic musicians in Serbia for a more culturally engaged society - DEMUSIS”, within which, since academic year 2020/21, another two innovative master study programmes have been introduced: Music direction and Applied music research. These programmes are focused on the development of students' competences in the fields of music entrepreneurship and digital technologies, but they are also directly conditioned by the development of infrastructural and institutional capacities of the Faculty. A detailed description of the study programmes is available from the Faculty’s website: www.fmu.bg.ac.rs

In order to complete and deepen the knowledge of students in certain teaching areas, the Faculty regularly organizes seminars, lecture cycles and master classes. These forms of teaching can, in addition to teachers and associates of the Faculty, be led by foreign teachers of higher education institutions, prominent artists and experts. In assessing the quality of the study programmes at the Faculty, the evaluation team of the MusiQuE Foundation concluded that the Faculty has an extensive portfolio of study programmes, with well-structured curricula, and courses aligned with the learning outcomes. In addition, the methods of work and teaching process were highly praised, as well as the variety of opportunities offered to students to gain a wide range of knowledge and professional experience by participating in various educational, artistic and research activities within and outside the institution.

Residential ensembles

Today, the Faculty of Music is the only higher education music institution in the country that organizes classes in all instruments of the symphony orchestra. Therefore, a very important role in the work of the Faculty is played by the student ensembles - the symphony orchestra and a large mixed choir, as well as by a number of chamber ensembles, among which the most important are the Collegium Musicum Academic Women's Choir  (which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year) and the Dušan Skovran String Chamber Orchestra, which was named after its founder and first conductor (today it is an independent professional ensemble that grew out of the student orchestra). The activities of the Chamber opera are prominent. Thus, apart from teaching, the artistic and scholarly activities of the students and teachers as well play an important part of everyday work, which especially contributes to the improvement of the quality of studies and increases the social affirmation of the Faculty’s activities, which has an international dimension as well, as its students successfully participate and receive awards at the world's leading art competitions. The Faculty also has an Ensemble for New Music, founded in 1992, specializing in performing contemporary music, especially within the framework of the international forum of composers, and, since 2004, an independent professional orchestra Camerata Serbica, which has been giving prestigious performances in collaboration with top world conductors.

Professional services

Numerous professional services are involved in the daily functioning of the Faculty. The Secretary of the Faculty, together with the professional services, performs professional, accounting-financial, library, legal-administrative, administrative, technical and support tasks at the Faculty, within which the execution of the secretariat’s activities is entrusted to:

  • General department - where a total of 6 people is permanently employed,
  • Student administration - where a total of 5 people is permanently employed,
  • Accounting - where a total of 5 people are permanently employed,
  • Library - where a total of 5 people are permanently employed
  • Studio for maintenance of keyboard instruments - where a total of 2 people are permanently employed,
  • Support service - where a total of 12 people are permanently employed,

as well as the centres as organizational units for performing special activities of the Faculty and professional affairs that provide support to the teaching, artistic and scientific process at the Faculty.

The Faculty centres are the following:

Publishing Centre - the activities of which include those related to the publication of teaching literature, monographic and serial publications, thematic collections and collections from scientific and professional conferences, sheet music, audio and video publications (independent or accompanying), brochures and other publications of the Faculty. The Faculty has a head of the Publishing Centre selected among the teachers. The plan is to employ additional people at the Centre.

Centre for International Cooperation - where a total of 4 employees are permanently employed, - in charge of coordination of projects and activities for cooperation with foreign academic institutions,

Centre for Permanent Education - which independently or in cooperation with other higher education institutions implements the programmes of permanent education outside the study programmes for which the Faculty has a work permit. The Faculty has a head of the Publishing Centre selected among the teachers. The plan is to employ additional people at the Centre.

Centre for Faculty Promotion and Public Relations - where one employee is permanently employed, continuously informing the general public about the activities of the employees and students of the Faculty within the scope of performing regular activities.

Some Departments also have specific units. Thus, the Sound Studio is an integral unit of the Composition department and is intended for training and execution of creative work with electronic instruments and radio equipment, as well as for music recording and sound directing for the needs of teaching and the Faculty. The sound studio has one employee.

The Phonoarchives is a unit of the Department of Ethnomusicology housing rich and rare ethnomusicological materials, which is used in teaching and research at the Department of Ethnomusicology.

In the previous academic year, in accordance with the specific requirements and goals of the DEMUSIS project, a digital laboratory was established for the needs of developing the competencies of music students in the field of digital technologies.

A special treasure of the Faculty is the Library, which belongs to the category of higher professional libraries and is a member of the Association of University Libraries in Serbia and the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML). According to the number of units (over 114,000) and the value of the material it keeps, the Library of the Faculty of Music is the largest music collection in the former Yugoslavia and the richest professional library of this type in Serbia. The library treasures a rich collection of sheet music and professional literature on music which is

necessary for daily teaching and for the artistic activity and scholarly and research work of students and teachers. The primary fund of the Library includes some 85,000 copies of sheet music (music sources); then some 15,000 copies of monographic publications and about eighty titles of serial publications. It holds a collection of graduate, master's and doctoral theses defended at the Faculty. Online resources as well, accessed through the academic network, have been provided for Library users. The record library within the Library consists of 9,000 gramophone records, about 2,000 CDs, audio cassettes, tapes and CD-ROMs. The Library of the Faculty of Music also keeps valuable collections important for studying the history of Serbian music. It is, first of all, a collection of old and rare books, and then the library units of important authors (Milenko Živković, Miloje Milojević, Josip Slavenski, Petar Stojanović, conductor Borislav Pašćan, Dušan Skovran, Nikola Cvejić, Marina Olenjina), as well as numerous original manuscripts from the legacy of Serbian composers. The legacy of Vladimir Đorđević stands out as one of the richest and most significant and contains mostly old and rare music editions.

During the evaluation of the quality of the Faculty's extracurricular staff, the MusiQuE Foundation team assessed the extracurricular staff as highly professional, dedicated and well integrated into the life of the institution, although their number according to European standards should be slightly higher, for which there are no technical conditions, primarily due to the lack of adequate space.

International activity

Internationalization is one of the imperatives of the work of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. The Faculty has been a member of the Association of European Conservatories (AEC) since the founding of that network of European higher education institutions in 1953. The international cooperation of the Faculty of Music has been intensively developing since the beginning of the 1960s. Since 2001, the activity of the Faculty in AEC has become more developed, and in the last ten years it has gained in intensity thanks to the successfully implemented international projects and participation in international exchange programmes for students, teachers and non-teaching staff. The number of students from abroad has increased significantly since the beginning of the implementation of the Bologna Convention from the academic year 2007/08.

A particularly significant incentive is the inclusion of the Faculty of Music in Erasmus+ KA107 and KA103 student and teacher mobility projects, the implementation of which begun in the academic year 2015/16. The fifteen partner institutions with which this type of exchange has been organized include the following: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius (Lithuania), Vigo Conservatory of Music (Spain), Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest (Hungary), University of Limerick (Ireland), Royal Conservatory of Birmingham (UK), Aristotle University from Thessaloniki (Greece), the Academy of Music "Stanisław Moniuszko" from Gdansk (Poland), the Conservatory of Music "Giuseppe Tartini" from Trieste and others.

The Faculty fosters rich and diverse international cooperation defined by bilateral cooperation agreements with the Zhejiang Conservatory of Hangzhou (China), the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria), the Belarusian State Academy of Music in Minsk (Belarus), the Saratov Conservatory in Saratov (Russia) and the Academy of Music and Dance of Jerusalem (Israel).

Thanks to the quality of teaching, the performing and teaching staff and the performing, scholarly and pedagogical engagement of students, the interest in Erasmus+ incoming student mobility programmes (KA107) at the Faculty of Music has been constantly increasing since 2016, but due to the restricted space the Faculty has been forced to limit the number of students from abroad. As a compromise solution, students are accepted for a number of short-term artistic and pedagogical projects (international orchestras, the European Opera Academy, international choirs, international chamber ensembles, international student scientific conferences and summer schools, etc.).

In the last 15 years, 44 foreign students have completed part of their studies at the Faculty, while about 200 students from abroad have participated in short-term art-pedagogical projects. Serbia’s status having been changed from that of a partner country to a programme country in European Union projects and the University of Arts in Belgrade having obtained the Erasmus Charter , the number of students wishing to pursue their education at the Faculty of Music in full or in part has increased significantly. Based on the

On the basis of the information obtained through direct communication with interested potential candidates from abroad, who have been informed about their study opportunities in person or by e-mail, the Faculty of Music in Belgrade has established itself as a highly desirable higher education music institution due to eighty years of tradition, high pedagogical, artistic and scientific results of its teachers, alumni and students, the quality of teaching and non-teaching staff, unique and up-to-date study programmes (the Faculty of Music is the only one in the region to have a study programme for jazz and popular music and a complete symphony orchestra), the largest specialized music library in the region (with over 114,000 items including old and rare books, sheet music and recordings), the enthusiasm of employees and associates, etc. With the low living costs, the rich social, cultural and artistic life of young people, the adequate level of security and support, on the other hand, the Faculty of Music is one of the potential hubs of higher music education in the region and beyond.

Based on the current and planned agreements and international activities of the Faculty of Music, it can be estimated that by resolving the problems of space (with the construction of specialized classrooms, practice rooms, reading rooms, purpose-built concert, chamber, opera and other halls, etc.) in the future the number of foreign students will increase by 3-4 times, which would allow up to 20% of the students of the Faculty (100 students per year) to be self-financing foreign citizens, i.e. financed through international projects. Due to all this, by solving the burning issue of space and instruments, the business activities of the Faculty of Music could gain a more prominent entrepreneurial orientation with an increase in self-sustainability.

Social engagement

The study programmes at the Faculty of Music are designed to encourage students from the beginning of their education to get involved in the musical, scholarly and cultural life of the community. As the leading higher education music institution in the country and a kind of nursery of excellent professionals in the field of music, the Faculty of Music is directly responsible for the musical and cultural life of our capital, but also of the country, since today in Serbia there is almost no music performer, conductor, composer and creator, music writer, theorist or scientist, organizer of music and cultural life, and in general, music or cultural worker, who does not owe at least part of their education to this faculty. The Faculty alumni are some of the biggest names in contemporary world music. Almost all students of the Faculty of Music have regular public presentations of their achievements - through concert performances, author's concerts, presentations at scientific conferences. The students are also active in the design and implementation of independent projects - such as the KOMA (Concerts of Young Authors) festival and the “Muzikum impresum” e-magazine (http://www.fmu.bg.ac.rs/casopis_musicum_impressum.php).

Every year, the students and teachers, in the Faculty’s organization, perform 300-400 free concerts in all the available concert halls throughout Belgrade, but also in Serbia. The traditional winter and spring concerts of the Symphony Orchestra and the Mixed Choir of the Faculty of Music regularly fill the Great Hall of the Kolarac Endowment, despite the significant organizational, technical and financial requirements for the preparation of such concerts. More precisely, the only concert hall of the Faculty of Music does not have the capacity for all the members of the residential ensembles, so the Faculty is compelled to rent additional space for rehearsals and to organize the transport of instruments. The students and teachers of the Faculty take part in the most significant national cultural events in Serbia and abroad, which has included the registration of the national kolo dance in the UNESCO World Intangible Heritage List, cooperation with numerous theatres (such as the National Theatre, the Atelje 212 Theatre, the Vuk Karadžić Cultural Institution, etc.), museums (the National Museum, the Theatre Arts Museum, etc.), libraries, local cultural and non-governmental organization, etc. For decades, the Faculty of Music has been a precious partner of the Belgrade Philharmonics, the Radio Television Serbia Orchestra, the Military Hall Ensemble, etc. The Faculty’s frequent role as a catalyzer of artistic events and its high degree of integration into the educational, artistic, scholarly and cultural context has been especially recognized and highly assessed by the MusiQuE evaluation team during the recent institutional evaluation of quality conducted at the Faculty of Music.

The inadequacy of the current premises as a burning issue

The biggest deviation from the required European standards of higher music education was noted in the conclusion of the MusiQuE evaluation team concerning the (in)adequacy of the Faculty building for the activities it performs and its cultural and educational missions: "The Faculty of Music is rightly concerned about the condition and adequacy of the building in which it is located. The building is obviously inadequate both in terms of adaptation to the type of teaching that higher music education requires and in terms of the quality and floor area of the building. There is a serious shortage of practice rooms, with no possibility of solving this issue except by building a new campus. The lack of adequate concert halls within the Faculty of Music represents a serious obstacle for students to gain an authentic concert experience, which is a pity given the impressive high artistic level achieved by the students of the Faculty of Music.”

The Archives and the Museum of Serbian Musical Heritage at 50 Kralja Milana street in Belgrade - a home to the great composers of Serbia and a Serbian music treasury

With the opening of the Archives and the Museum of Serbian Musical Heritage at 50 Kralja Milana street in Belgrade, where the Music Academy (today’s Faculty of Music)  was founded in 1937, the vision of its founders would be executed. In his speech on the occasion of the celebration of Saint Sava’s Day on January 27, 1938, the first chancellor of the Academy of Music, composer Kosta P. Manojlovic said: “Do not forget this art institution of ours, which has been the dream of so many generations, and help it ...  achieve: the Saint Sava Award, the Great Library of National Importance, the Music Archives and the Music Museum.”

The Saint Sava Award has been established and awarded for the greatest achievements in the field of art, culture, education and science. The library of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade has a primary fund of over 85,000 sheet music, more than 15,000 monographs, over 80 titles of serial publications, 11,000 audio recordings, etc., and is the richest library of this type in Serbia and a leading library in the region. The library of special national importance has a rich treasury of old collections of music recordings and books that have been bequeathed for safekeeping. First of all, there is a precious gift from the National Library of Serbia - a collection of music recordings and books preserved after the 1945 bombing. In addition, the Faculty preserves the legacy of: Vladimir Đorđević, Josip Slavenski, Vladeta Milanković, Emil Hajek, Petar Stojanović, Miloje Milojević, Milenko Živković, Borislav Pašćan, Dušan Skovran, Nikola Cvejić, Marina Olegnjina, Miodrag Vasiljević, Predrag Milošević, Petar Ozgijan, Konstantin Babić... The Faculty of Music also has valuable phonoarchives that contain the original records of folk songs and dances recorded by researchers/ethnomusicologists in all the parts of Serbia since the mid-19th century. The faculty keeps a significant collection of rare vinyl records at 78 rpm as well as an impressive collection of old musical instruments.

Within the permanent and special museum exhibits of the Archives and the Museum of Serbian Musical Heritage, rare manuscripts, historical books and music records, old music instruments ... would be visible to the public with the possibility of organizing guided thematic exhibitions and lectures in Serbian and English.

The artifacts would be available for scholarly research.

The Archives and the Museum of Serbian Musical Heritage is essentially a home of  famous Serbian composers and musicians and the museum space would be ideal for cherishing the Serbian music tradition in the form of concerts where solo and chamber works by great Serbian composers and also contemporary ones would be performed.

As all the aforesaid represents the unparalleled and invaluable Serbian musical treasure, the existence of the Archives and the Museum of Serbian Musical Heritage would unite the cultural treasures that testify to the tradition, culture and music identity of Serbia throughout history.

From all the aforesaid, it is clear how significant the establishment of such an institution within the Faculty of Music, at the location of Kralja Milana 50, where the Music Academy/Faculty of Music operated for over 80 years, would be for the general cultural and artistic image of our country. Not only would the Archives and Museum of Musical Heritage of the Faculty of Music form a valuable part of one of the oldest and most successful art schools in the region, but it would also represent a significant cultural national and city asset.


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