Professor Danuta Dobrowolska-Marucha

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 she has been 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 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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