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MUSIC AS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY ART

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Introduction

The university master's degree in Music as an Interdisciplinary Art, which is taught at the Faculty of Geography and History, covers theoretical and practical aspects of music that are generally overlooked in the academic world: the association between music and cultural activities such as visual and audio-visual art and literary creation; music management; and classical or popular music concerts. This unique academic approach is combined with the opportunity to carry out placements in organizations and institutions involved in various aspects of music, to further the students' professional development.
The master's degree in Music as an Interdisciplinary Art, which is taught jointly by the University of Barcelona, Rovira i Virgili University (URV), the School of Music of Catalonia (ESMUC), and the Milà i Fontanals Institution of the Spanish National Research Council (IMF-CSIC), is a unique course; unlike other Spanish master's degrees in this field, which offer specialized training in musicology, it focuses on the role of sound as a catalyst for wider cultural activity. Students therefore examine the presence of music and its many stakeholders (creators, managers, consumers, audiences) in contemporary cultural life. Subjects cover theory (dramatic composition, musical anthropology, musical thought, and music analysis), practice and performance in various areas (electronica, jazz, pop, music and image, neuromusic) to give students a complete overview of music as a living cultural and creative phenomenon. In addition to the range of subjects, students will contribute to the creation of an interdisciplinary show, attend debates on interdisciplinary topics, and carry out work placements with companies in the sector, giving them greater insight into the many facets of music as a professional activity.

Learning objectives

The master's degree in Music as an Interdisciplinary Art is intended for graduates in the humanities (history, art history, anthropology, modern languages, philosophy, fine arts, etc.), journalism, audio-visual communication, cultural sociology, music education and teaching who wish to complete their academic training with a systematic and rigorous study of audio-visual media and music criticism, or who would like to carry out research the field of music.

The aim of the master's degree is to move away from an approach to the history of music studies that deals exclusively with facts and figures and towards an interdisciplinary approach that addresses social, aesthetic and commercial factors that are essential to a full understanding of music and its role in professional work.

The course provides a broad overview of music, from the perspectives of creation, consumption and business, to gives students a general insight into the world of music and professional tasks in this field.

A cross-disciplinary perspective will be used for the discussion of music through complementary fields such as history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy and teaching, and students will examine specific issues in the music profession, related in particular to the complex worlds of concert music, technology-driven music and popular music.

The course prepares students to engage with music-related professions, including playing and performance, programme management, written and broadcast journalism, and music teaching, and promotes the development of academic expertise for music research.

Basic Information

Interuniversity:
Yes
Main university:
  • Universitat Barcelona
Universities:
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili


Number of ECTS credits awarded:
 60
Language(s) of instruction:
 Spanish, Catalan
Number of places available:
 25
Approximate price:
 46,50 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2017-2018
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Geography and History
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