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Structure of the study program

The two-year MA program Music, Sound, Performance offers students interested in a dynamic and interdisciplinary study of musical performative cultures a reflective training in both current and innovative musicological approaches.

In the first year, you will learn how to master foundational musicological skills that will enable you to study the networks of music performance and its myriad related activities such as promoting, composing, instrument building, performing, improvising, producing, listening, recording, remembering, systematizing, or canonizing.

Throughout your second year you will learn how to better apply these skills outside the university lecture and seminar rooms. To help you with the everyday life challenges of the music and cultural industries, this MA offers you space where you can design and try out your project ideas. You will have two modules specifically designed to accommodate the ongoing debates and practical challenges involved in music dramaturgy and curatorial practice. Both modules are taught together with external partners and equip you with the specific knowledge and skills required to operate as a musicologist within a cosmopolitan, and culturally diverse musical landscape.


The program includes the following thematic emphases:

  1. Semester: Introduction to musical performance theory and research, aesthetics of music performance, and methodologies of music research. 
  2. Semester: Historiography, historicity and music dramaturgy
  3. Semester: Music, sound, arts, media and curatorial practice, and research practice (colloquium)
  4. Semester: Thesis