Preparatory courses

About Us

Preparatory courses for foreign students who are planning to enter the BA, MA and Post-graduated programmes of the Gnessins Russian Academy of Music.

The Academy welcomes foreign students who don’t speak Russian or those who are at A1-A2 level of speaking for Preparatory courses.

The Preparatory course lasts 1 year (from 1st October till 30th June). You can repeat this programme if you need.
The Preparatory course consists of intensive programme of learning the Russian language and 1 music discipline at your choice.

The lessons are conducted by highly-qualified professors with the help of the most up-to-date materials and educational technologies.

The students of the Preparatory courses actively take part in artistic activities and concerts in the Academy.

We have unique and individual approach for each foreign student in the Academy.

The Academy helps you to arrange the invitation for studying. This invitation is the permission for entering the country. Providing the medical insurance is supported by the Academy as well.

The studying on our Preparatory courses will let you reach your potential and adapt to our creative environment.


The Preparatory courses don’t guarantee your entering to the Academy.

Head of Department for work with foreign students and implementation of preparatory courses
Manager of Department for work with foreign students and implementation of preparatory courses

Whatsapp +7 963 717-15-98


Preparatory department. Results in 2020

Can you describe your work  during 2020?

Starting from March 2020, we hear the same sad news (COVID-19) from all media, so I want to share good news and positive results of work in 2020. First, we have not stopped our work. Those students who agreed to learn remotely in the spring “quarantine” were engaged. The rest were waiting for full-time classes and in the summer we compensated for them. This is a very important point for us, we strive to give maximum efficiency for our students, realizing that ahead are entrance exams, which in turn will become an indicator of the quality of our work. Speaking of efficiency, 70% of our course students go to our educational institutions and other Moscow music universities. We believe that this is a decent indicator, since many factors affect admission: stress, stage fright, huge competition (CIS, China, South Corea come to us), the applicant’s motivation. And here, our direct task is to eliminate the gaps, to give knowledge and “keys” to successfully passing the exams, – says the head of the Preparatory Department of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music Ksenia Shulekina. – Foreign students found themselves in a difficult situation due to the situation with the entry into the territory of the Russian Federation. We are conducting a dialogue with our founding organization (the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation) and jointly trying to influence the situation.

Can you describe e-learning process during 2020/2021?

Alas, now we can only offer e-learning for foreign students, since they were unable to enter the Russian Federation. It must be admitted that despite all the difficulties, we work closely with the teaching staff and with students and try to make us aware of their problems and needs. I cannot say that the quality of education has decreased. On the contrary, teachers and students have mobilized and are trying their best to comprehend the Russian language and music science. Moreover, in such a difficult epidemiological situation, it is better when you are at home. Everything around you is in your native language and you feel safe.

Note that preparatory courses allow high school students to replenish and systematize the knowledge gained at a music school. By entering the courses, you will study with a teacher who knows the specifics of the Gnessin entrance examinations and will give an appropriate program that will help the applicant to perform on the entrance examinations as successfully as possible. Classes are held within the walls of music colleges and academies, this is what allows course participants to feel the atmosphere of student life, the Gnessin’s spirit, eliminate stress and anxiety during the entrance examinations.

You can sign up for courses by phone and e-mail : +7 963 717-15-98 (Whatsapp)

How to apply

1. Choose study program
2. Fill in the form and get a consultation with the manager by e-mail
Send the application form to your manager
+7 963 717-15-98
3. Pre-selection
For each study program there will be a pre-selection. The pre-selection is based on audiovisual recordings subsequent to the application period. Applicants are informed about the results in writing via the e-mail.

For the pre-selection the platform Google Drive and Yandex Disk is used. Please use one of these services to upload your recordings.

Please mind the requirements and specifications for the recordings.

4. Pay tuition
Pay the tuition fee and send a payment confirmation to the email:
5. Start learning with us
After receiving your payment, we provide you an access to the educational platform. Start your studies!


Applicant Guidebook 2021-2022 Academic Year

Educational Programs:

String Performance
Woodwind Performance
Brass Wind Performance
Percussion Performance
Folk String Performance
Bayan and Accordion Performance
Classical Singing
Choral Conducting
Symphonic and Opera Conducting
Russian Folk Orchestra Conducting
Wind Orchestra Conducting
Artistic Direction of Opera and Symphony Orchestra and Choir
Choral and Solo Folk Singing
National Instruments of the Peoples of Russia
Computer Music and Arrangement
Music Journalism
Music Pedagogy
Music Studies
Pop and Jazz Singing
Jazz and Pop Performance
Management of Music Arts
Sound Engineering

Tuition fees

2021-2022 tuition fees for international students (excl. Belorussia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan) (Russian rubles, per Academic year)


Preparatory course Duration Fees
Basic course on the Russian language and general education subjects 9 months (from 1st October 2021 to 30th  June 2022) 330 000 rubles
Major-area classes
(without accompaniment)
9 months (from 1st October 2021 to 30th  June 2022). 1 lesson per week 210 000 rubles
Major-area classes
(with accompaniment – 17 hours – for remote education)
9 months (from 1st October 2021 to 30th  June 2022). 1 lesson per 2 week 244 000 rubles
Major-area classes
(with accompaniment – 35 hours – for face-to-face education)
9 months (from 1st October 2021 to 30th  June 2022). 1 lesson per week 280 000 rubles
Supplementary group classes 1 lesson – 45 minutes 2500 rubles


Do the Preparatory courses guarantee my entering to the Academy?
No.The Preparatory courses don’t guarantee your entering to the Academy.
How does Academy provide an education?
This year we are providing our courses using Google Classroom platform. All lessons are held in Russian.
What equipment is needed for classes?
For training, the student needs a personal computer connected to the Internet. The Internet speed is at least 1 MGB per second. The computer must be equipped with a web camera, speakers and microphone, because the educational process includes webinars and audio courses.
Also, we recommend using the following browsers: Google Chrome version 55 and higher, Mozilla Firefox 36.0 and higher, Internet Explorer 8.0 and higher. To view video and audio content, you must install Adobe ® Flash ® Player software version 25 or higher on your computer. To view materials in PDF format, you must install the Acrobat Reader DC software. To send and download archive files, you must install the WinRar, 7ZIP software.
Who can help me with filling out an application form and choosing a program?
Our Manager can help you fill out an application and choose a program by e-mail
When can I start my classes ?

After confirmation of payment of your education in Academy, we create for you an e-mail with domain (based on gmail). Here we go!

Are the places in the education program limited?
Please note, the number of places in each education programme is limited.
If you have any questions, you can ask our manager using e-mail