Professor Danuta Dobrowolska-Marucha, DMus Hab.

Danu­ta Dobrowol­ska-Marucha fin­ished Sec­ondary Music School in War­saw in 1962 where she stud­ied the piano under Wan­da Łosakiewicz and the­o­ry of music under Alek­sander Jarzęb­ski. She grad­u­at­ed from the State High­er School of Music (now the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music) in War­saw in 1968 (sum­ma cum laude) where she read the­o­ry of music under Maria Dziewul­ska, Zofia Kielanowska, Witold Rudz­iński, Ste­fan Śledz­iński and her father, Andrzej Dobrowol­ski. She com­plet­ed a post-grad­u­ate course under Nadia Boulanger in Paris (1968–1969) and a doc­tor­al course in the­o­ry of Music at the State High­er School of Music in War­saw (1973–1975). She attend­ed Inter­na­tion­al Cours­es on the Kodá­ly Method in Eszter­gom (1983) and Kecskemét (1985) and Pol­ish-Hun­gar­i­an Kodá­ly sem­i­nars in Zakopane, Cieszyn, Łań­cut and Gdańsk. She obtained her spe­cial­i­sa­tion in the­o­ry of music in Cra­cow under the super­vi­sion of Lud­wik Bielawski: lev­el 1 in 1983 and lev­el 2 in 1994.

Danu­ta Dobrowol­ska-Marucha began her teach­ing career at the Emil Mły­narski State Pri­ma­ry Music School in War­saw in 1964 where she taught the­o­ret­i­cal sub­jects until 1972. In 1967 she began to teach musi­cal ear train­ing and its meth­ods at the FCUM (main­ly at the Depart­ment of Com­po­si­tion, Con­duct­ing and The­o­ry of Music and the Depart­ment of Sound Engi­neer­ing). In 1995 she began to teach the same sub­jects at the Acad­e­my of Music in Byd­goszcz. She has super­vised many master’s the­ses on musi­cal ear train­ing (awards at nation­al com­pe­ti­tions) as well as qual­i­fi­ca­tion the­ses at sec­ondary music schools and high­er music schools (first-lev­el qual­i­fi­ca­tion pro­ce­dures in the­o­ry of music). Danu­ta Dobrowol­ska-Marucha super­vised the first master’s the­sis in the­o­ry of music writ­ten by a blind stu­dent (1996).

In 1982–1995 Danu­ta Dobrowol­ska-Marucha was head of the Musi­cal Ear Train­ing Unit at the Chair of Music The­o­ry, AMFC and also organ­ised and head­ed the “Musi­cal ear train­ing” spe­cial­i­sa­tion at the the­o­ry of music sec­tion at AMFC Depart­ment 1 (from 1992). From 1995 until 2015 she was the head of the Chair of Musi­cal Ear Train­ing seat­ed at the AMFC. She is full pro­fes­sor of the FCUM in War­saw (since 1996) and the Acad­e­my of Music in Byd­goszcz (since 1995). In 1974–1980 she taught the prin­ci­ples of music, har­mony and musi­cal ear train­ing at the J. Elsner sec­ondary music school and was lec­tur­er at the Exper­i­men­tal Instru­men­tal Depart­ment for gift­ed youth (1990–1993, now the Z. Brzewski Sec­ondary Music School), with which she still co-oper­ates. She has taught a great num­ber of out­stand­ing musi­cians and the­o­rists includ­ing Maria Wacholc, Andrzej Choro­siski, Edy­ta Szczyr­ba and Ewa Wilczyńska. She is con­sul­tant of the Min­istry of Cul­ture and Art, mem­ber of the Nation­al Com­mis­sion for The­o­ret­i­cal Sub­jects, co-author of teach­ing pro­grams for pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary music schools. She co-oper­ates with sev­er­al pub­lish­ing hous­es — PWM, WSiP and IPM — and is a con­sul­tant at OZMP, COPSA and the Min­istry of Nation­al Edu­ca­tion. She is the edi­tor of sev­er­al AMFC research bul­letins includ­ing the Feliks Flis Mate­ri­als for Musi­cal Ear Train­ing and the series Pro­ceed­ings of the Interuni­ver­si­tary Chair of Aural Train­ing. She has reviewed many works on the meth­ods of musi­cal ear train­ing, organ­ised and par­tic­i­pat­ed in many research ses­sions and method­ics con­fer­ences. She has been the head of a num­ber of research projects and co-oper­at­ed with the Chair of Music Acoustics and the Chair of Psy­chol­o­gy of Music, con­sult­ed music record­ings for tests and hand­books and sat on the juries of sol­fa com­pe­ti­tions. She has lec­tured at Inter­na­tion­al Music Cours­es (Łań­cut), Music Work­shops organ­ised by the Nation­al Foun­da­tion for Chil­dren (Zakopane), EPTA Music Work­shops (Kryn­i­ca), and sum­mer cours­es for teach­ers. She has given lec­tures at many col­leges in Poland and abroad, given demon­stra­tion lessons, tak­en part in authors’ meet­ings and appeared on radio and tele­vi­sion. She has writ­ten many works on musi­cal ear train­ing includ­ing Dic­ta­tions in Music, the first Pol­ish musi­cal ear train­ing hand­book based on record­ings of excerpts from the music lit­er­a­ture and the most pop­u­lar of her works.

Mem­ber of SPAM, ISME and RWSA (1993–1995) and a del­e­gate to the AMFC Sen­ate. She has been award­ed the bronze medal For Mer­its to Cul­ture “Glo­ria Artis”, the Gold Cross of Mer­it, first class and sec­ond class awards of the Min­istry of Cul­ture and Art, the Cura­tor of the City of War­saw. Many times she has been given the award of the AMFC rec­tor.

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