At the Liceu Conservatory – located very near to the historic seat in the heart of Barcelona, at Nou de la Rambla street (between La Rambla and Paral·lel Avenue) – you can obtain the Bachelor of Music. The degree may be awarded for Classical and Contemporary Music Performance, Jazz and Modern Music Performance, Composition and Pedagogy. There are also Master’s programs in Classical and Contemporary Music Performance, Jazz, and Modern Music Performance, Chamber Music, Opera, and Composition applied to audio-visual and scenic production.
Since its beginning in 1837, the Center has offered the highest-level studies in Performance and other Music courses and awards the Bachelor of Music under the current legislation.
The Centre has always wanted to have the best teachers. Thus we can remember names such as Pau Casals, Engelbert Humperdinck, Higini Anglès or Joaquín Zamacois, among many others. Let us not forget as well the great big names –in performance and composition– produced in the classrooms of the Center: legendary singers such as Francesc Viñas, Montserrat Caballé or Victoria de los Ángeles. Also Frank Marshall, a cornerstone in the Catalan pianistic tradition, or great composers such as Joan Guinjoan.
During the first decades of the XXI Century, the substantial changes produced in Musical Higher Education in our country have had, consequently, the assimilation of the Bachelor Degrees. These studies have been fully integrated into the European Higher Education Area and upgraded with the official Master’s Degrees, equal to university degrees.
To deal with this challenge, since 2008, the Center counts on new facilities at the new seat of the Liceu Conservatory, not far from the historical building in Rambles. Its areas are fully adequate, from the acoustical and environmental point of view, just as our times demand to music studies of the highest quality.
The faculty has adapted themselves to this demand, with many incorporations that allow maintaining the Center’s tradition as well as the contribution of musicians trained in centers of international fame. They all have fully active careers at the national and worldwide scene as great vocal soloists or members of the well-known orchestras and music ensembles.
The studies offered are Arts Degrees included in the European Higher Education Area with degrees equivalent to the university ones, according to the Royal Decree 1614/2009, of October 26th, where the ordinance establishes these studies. The Royal Decree 1027/2011, of July 15th, establishing the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES), gives level 2 to the Bachelor of Music, equal to the university’s Bachelor’s Degree.
All these degrees have th/superior/titol-superior-musica/e full official recognition on a Spanish and European level, according to the Resolution ENS/1551/2014, of the Bachelor of Music of the Liceu Conservatory Center of Higher Education, and the Orders ECD/762-5/2015, of April 20th, and Order ECD/690/2016 of April 22nd of the Master’s degree of the Center.
Our teachers are active professionals in their fields, and among them, we find several top musicians in the most important orchestras, vocal soloists, opera and Lied leading names, as well as the most prominent names at Barcelona’s jazz scene. They are a team with very different profiles, with a great teaching vocation and with the inquisitiveness of sharing their knowledge and experience with the new generations. They have roots in the traditional training of the center, but they are constantly searching into their different artistic and educational fields.
At present, the distribution of the students between Majors is as follows: Composition (4%), Performance – Jazz and Modern Music (22%), Performance – Classical and Contemporary Music (66%), Performance – Flamenco Guitar (2%) and Pedagogy (6%).
The students mainly come from Catalonia (65%), followed by students from the rest of Spain (23%), from other European countries (4%) and, finally, from other countries around the world (8%). According to their academic origin, 19% come from music schools, 75% come from professional studies, and the remaining 6% come from a different sort of studies.
75% of the applicants pass the Admission Tests run yearly.
The students who finish the studies are the 85.14% of the enrolled ones.
52% of the students enrolled in the Master’s Degree programs come from outside Europe. 10% are Catalans, 30% are from the rest of Spain, and 8% are from several European countries.
The level of satisfaction of the students with the studies, according to the survey made following the Internal System of Quality Guarantee (SIGQ), is 3.95 out of 5.