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Georg August University Göttingen
Master of Arts in Cultural Musicology

 

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

Musicology B.A.

Cultural Musicology M.A.

Program Focus

The master's degree in Cultural Musicology offers you a unique opportunity: to deal in depth with cultural issues relating to the musics of the world. The faculty integrates methods and techniques that are taken to be characteristic for each of the three 'classical' sub-disciplines of musicology (Historical Musicology, Systematic Musicology, Ethnomusicology), and aims for a joint exploration of opportunities within these three areas. This, we believe, results in music research that can do better justice to its object: musics of the world, with no preference for a particular music. In the course of the Cultural Musicology program, students learn to integrate current musicological research with theories and methods from Cultural Studies. The program includes introductory courses on cultural analysis, as well as advanced seminars in which musical practices are critically examined in their historical, social and spatial cultural contexts. The analysis of music with different techniques, including computer-based methods, plays a central role. Depending on the study profile, students may deepen their knowledge and improve their skills in an independently conducted research project that precedes the thesis. Finally, the Cultural Musicology program also provides for an internship, which helps students prepare themselves for various professional fields.

Special Resources

Several Archives, among which van Lamsweerde Archive on Indian music and Linkels archive on musics of the Pacific. Sound Studio for music analysis, recording, production. Departmental library. Mbira classes, regular gamelan workshops. 

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Prof. Dr. Birgit Abels

Degree: University of Göttingen, 2011 (PhD Bochum 2007),

Affiliation: Department of Cultural Musicology and Ethnomusicology.

Research interests: cultural theory, spatiality, musical meaning, postcolonial theory. Geographic focus: the Pacific Ocean (particularly Micronesia), North India, and the Southeast Asian island world.

Dr. Klaus-Peter Brenner

Degree: University of Göttingen 1991.

Affiliation: Department of Cultural Musicology and Ethnomusicology.

Research interests: ethnomusicology with a focus on the musical cultures of Africa and Asia, cognitive and evolutionary aspects of non-European musical styles: tone systems, modal systems, metrorhythmical systems, polyphony, improvisation, Interdisciplinary research approaches, connecting ethnomusicology to ethnomathematics, linguistics, and ethno-organology, general organology and the history of its theories and methods.

Eva-Maria van Straaten, M.A.

            Degree: University of Amsterdam 2011.

Affiliation: Department of Cultural Musicology and Ethnomusicology.

Research interests: popular musics of the world, Electronic Dance Music, Hindustani classical music, spatiality, postcolonial theory, cultural theory.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Waczkat

            Degree: University of Göttingen (PhD University of Rostock 1997)

Affiliation: Department of Historical Musicology.

Research interests: music and cultural history of the 16th – 18th centuries, music theory and history of composition, historical musicology and new media, Musica Baltica, music and musicology in posttotalitarian contexts.

Dr. Christine Hoppe

Sarah Avischag Müller, MSt.

Affiliated Faculty

Charissa Granger, M.A.

            Degree: University of Amsterdam 2012.

Affiliation: Department of Cultural Musicology and Ethnomusicology.

Research interests: music and the formation of socio-/cultural identity. I am occupied with how music plays a role in the development of disenfranchised communities and in turn how this music is formed within said society.

Friedlind Riedel, M.A.

            Degree: Georg August University Göttingen 2013.

Affiliation: Department of Cultural Musicology and Ethnomusicology.

Research interests: music in Southeast Asia esp. Yunnan and Burma, music in discourses of ethnicity in the Peoples Republic of China, methods and methodologies of postcolonial fieldwork, music as localization.

Rasika Ajotikar, M.A.

Karen Thöle, M.A.

Yannick Brandenburg, M.A.

Program Statement

Musicology (B.A.) (2 subjects)

Music is more than just an optional icing on the cake of daily life. It is actually one of the most important and most widespread characteristics of humanity. Music is listening pleasure, a consumer commodity. But its significance for human cultures also manifests itself beyond everyday life - for example in political and religious ceremonies; not only as a symbolic expression of belonging to a group, but as coordinated action par excellence; as an artistic expression and intellectual achievement.

In the Musicology B.A. degree programme, we work with the great variety of manifestations and contexts of music worldwide.

Programme name: Musicology (B.A.) (2 subjects)

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Standard period of study: 6 semesters

Starting semester: winter semester

Language of the programme: German

 

M.A. Cultural Musicology

The master's degree in Cultural Musicology offers you a unique opportunity in Germany: to deal in depth with cultural issues relating to the musics of the world. The faculty integrates methods and techniques that are taken to be characteristic for each of the three 'classical' sub-disciplines of musicology (Historical Musicology, Systematic Musicology, Ethnomusicology), and aims for a joint exploration of opportunities within these three areas. This, we believe, results in music research that can do better justice to its object: musics of the world, with no preference for a particular music.

Teaching and learning content

In the course of the Cultural Musicology program, you learn to integrate current musicological research with theories and methods from Cultural Studies. The program includes introductory courses on cultural analysis, as well as advanced seminars in which musical practices are critically examined in their historical, social and spatial cultural contexts. The analysis of music with different techniques, including computer-based methods, plays a central role. Depending on your study profile, you may deepen your knowledge and improve your skills in an independently conducted research project that precedes the thesis. Finally, the Cultural Musicology program also provides for an internship, which helps you prepare yourself for various professional fields.

Profiles

You can study Cultural Musicology as a 78C single subject. This option is advisable if you are interested in a broad, research-oriented approach to the subject. You can also combine Cultural Musicology as a 42C major with 36C from another subject, or 18C each from two other subjects.

The latter option is advisable if you have both research and application-oriented perspectives, and are interested in exploring the joint potential of two or three disciplines. Finally, you may study 36C or 18C in Cultural Musicology and use these credit points in combination with other subjects.

Who is the M.A. Cultural Musicology for?

The M.A. program in Cultural Musicology is for those holding a B.A. in Musicology, those who possess a keen interest in Musicology, and for who the subject of "music" does not restrict said music to the musical practices of Europe, but who are interested in musics from different historical and cultural contexts worldwide. Göttingen’s Cultural Musicology program corresponds well to the very large range of subjects at the University of Göttingen, especially within the Faculty of Arts, the Centre for Contemporary East Asian Studies, the Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies, the Religious Studies seminar and other essential facilities.

Career prospects

The M.A. in Cultural Musicology prepares you for professional activities in many fields, whether it be in libraries, archives and museums, music in non-university research institutions, or as part of the music management at media companies. It qualifies you for professional journalistic work for the press, radio, television or the internet, and not least, it also gives you the opportunity to qualify yourself for postgraduate studies which may lead you to an academic career.

Programme:                            Cultural Musicology

Degree:                                   Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of study:        4 semesters

Start:                                       Winter semester

Language of the programme: German 

Financial Support

For questions regarding financial support for international students, please contact the student service centre: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/83141.html.

Further Information

Eva-Maria van Straaten
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen


Department of Musicology

Kurze Geismarstraße 1


D-37073 Göttingen

Germany



evanstr@gwdg.de

Tel. +49-(0)551/39-4930

Program Website

http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/358806.html

Ethnomusicology Student Group

http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/71332.html

 

The content for Georg-August-Universität Göttingen was last updated September 11, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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