The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA) is an internationally recognised HEU, with trains artists for a professional career in music, theatre, dance and film. Specialising in art education, LMTA offers didactics of music disciplines, art management and art research studies, which combined with artistic and creative practice make the academy’s profile distinguished. Student centred teaching and learning, research and artistic research, artistic practice and creation, performance, improvisation and collaboration with creative industries shift the academy towards open innovation and constant development. Founded in 1933, currently LTMA trains about 900 students in 40 art disciplines, and offers studies in three cycles: bachelor, master and doctoral studies. The vocal department is the largest department in the music faculty: it includes 28 academic staff members, i.e. 20 vocal teachers and 8 opera studio teachers, and trains 62 bachelor students, 30 master students, and 2 artistic doctorate students.
The Academy highly supports artistic practice which is a significant part of the curricula in every study cycle. Over 400 events and artistic projects are organised during the entire study year.
Yearly events include national and international festivals, music competitions, discussion clubs. Artistic events represent music, theatre, film and contemporary dance. Traditional events include the electronic music festival Ahead, international dance festival Shock Akamija, theatre festival, Šoblès student film festival, Šoblès film club, other artistic events and events outside the Academy, which involve LMTA students and alumni such as contemporary music festival “New Opera Action”, electronic music festival GED.42 at Music Innovation Studies Centre, and many others.
LMTA cooperates with more than 140 higher music, theatre and film schools and universities in 34 countries, and is active in international networks prioritising regional Nordic/Baltic activities and exchanges supported by the Nordplus programme, network for art entrepreneurship ActinArt, and Norteas. LTMA is part of the international network ‘Innovative Conservatoire’ ICON, European Network on Cultural Management Policy ENCATC.