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Music as an Interdisciplinary Art


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 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; 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 and audience) in contemporary cultural life. Subjects cover theory (dramatic composition, musical anthropology, musical thought, and music analysis) and 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, graduates in conservatories and schools of music), 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.

In accordance with the Bologna Process and the structure of the EHEA, the new approach is open to related disciplines, which boosts the interdisciplinary nature of the programme, to better adapt to the current world.

The course provides a broad overview of music, from the perspective of creation, consumption and business, so that students gain an understanding of the world of music and of professional work in this field. A cross- and interdisciplinary perspective will be used to debate and develop knowledge of music through complementary fields such as history, sociology of music, anthropological analysis, philosophy, teaching, and problems in the music profession, in relation to the complex worlds of concert music, music that incorporates technology and popular music.

The master's degree prepares students to engage with different professions related to music (including playing and performance, programme management, written and broadcast journalism and music teaching) and to promote the development of academic strategies for research on music subjects.

Basic Information

Main university:
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Spanish, Catalan
Number of places available:
Approximate price:
 27,67 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2021-2022
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Geography and History
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