Majors - Musicology

Musicology is the systematic and historic study of music and musical practices. As a research interest, music is defined very broadly: it can mean a composition as well as a historical, cultural, philosophical, physiological or psychological phenomenon. Music and musical practices are approached from a multidisciplinary perspective through aesthetics, philosophy, the history of music, ethnomusicology, music psychology, education, sociology and semiotics.
Musicology studies include familiarisation with different types of music and musical traditions, various music theory and analysis courses, an introduction to research theory and methodology, and independent application of knowledge. Students may focus on one of the following specialisation areas during intermediate and advances studies: general musicology, ethnomusicology and computer-aided musicology.

General musicology focuses mainly on Western art music as a historical, aesthetic and philosophical phenomenon. Ethnomusicology examines music as a representation of culture. Typical ethnomusicological research topics include popular and folk music and musical cultures outside Europe. Today, a cultural approach is also applied in researching audiovisual media and Western art music. Ethnomusicology gives students competencies to critically analyse the diversity of musical cultures. Computer-aided music research focuses on the use of computers and other technology in the study of music. Research topics include computer-aided music analysis, studio technology, music application programming, and electronic and computer music.

Musicology provides career opportunities in different organisations and administration as well as the media, cultural administration and music production. Practical music skills are an advantage. The employment situation of musicologists is good, because Finland’s music scene is very active and needs the competencies of many different professionals.

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