For over half a century of its existence, the Department of Music has educated thousands of qualified music teachers for all types and levels of schools. Among the teachers and graduates of this department is a whole range of figures of international scholarly and artistic renown.
The bachelor's degree program offers Music for education, which is further developed in the follow-up master's degree Music education for primary and secondary schools. The doctoral study program is offered as Specialization in pedagogy – Music theory and pedagogy. Within the music field of study there is also an accredited habilitation procedure (associated prof.) and proceeding for appointment of professors.
Programs of study for teachers are conceived with the aim of preparing future teachers for fully qualified teaching and equipping them not only with theoretical knowledge but also with practical music skills, which are a prerequisite for a creative and musically attractive style of teaching music.
Students complete e.g. courses in harmony, history of music, leading a choir, playing an instrument, voice training, music pedagogy, didactics, music aesthetics, the theory of art, multimedia computer applications, popular music, and others. Affiliated to the department is a chamber orchestra Collegium musicum and also choirs representing the whole university. (conductors and choirmasters – Miloš Šmerda, Eduard Tomaštík, Jan Ocetek, Markéta Ottová).
An important activity of the department with a tradition going back to the 1960s is the international music and pedagogical conferences MUSICA VIVA IN SCHOLA. It is organized in cooperation with the Czech Music Association (Česká hudební společnost), they loosely continue the ISME's (International Society for Music Education) activities and their topics always emphasize topical areas of problems related to teaching music. Scholarly, professional and publication activities of the members of the department focus, apart from writing materials for studies, textbooks, and monographs, on the area of axiology of music, aesthetics, semiotics, etc., and they strive through specific empirical research in all fields of music and musical culture to portray the dynamism of transformations of social functions of music in the present-day world and in the life of a young person. (Bedřich Crha, Blanka Knopová, Judita Kučerová, Marek Sedláček and others).
Besides working with partner universities, the department's international engagement is strengthened by organizing lectures at foreign universities, interpretation courses and competitions, and in particular by participating in international projects (Arts Without Limits, Musik kreativ+ and others).
The profile of the department is significantly completed by the rich artistic activity of the teaching staff and students. It focuses on the composition and interpretation of contemporary music (Michal Košut - composition, Petr Hala - composition, piano), on the authentic interpretation of baroque and renaissance music (Vladimír Richter - singing, Eduard Tomaštík - singing, conducting), works in the field of popular, rock and film music (Marek Olbrzymek, Ondřej Musil), opera singing (Daniela Taylor, Marek Olbrzymek, Ondřej Musil) and other areas of instrumental playing (Lenka Kučerová - piano, Eduard Tomaštík - cimbalom, Ondřej Musil - guitar) including concert accompaniment (Petr Hala, Judita Kučerová). The balance of creative activities and artistic interpretation includes, for example, participation in prestigious festivals in the Czech Republic (Prague Spring), abroad (Bach Tage Hamburg), cooperation with the Brno National Theater, Janáček Academy of Performing Arts, radio and television in the Czech Republic and many European countries, as well as with major music publishers (Supraphon, Arta). The members of the department also apply their erudition in the field of music journalism (KlasikaPlus, OperaPlus).