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University of Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria (KUG)
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University of Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria (KUG)
Institute of Ethnomusicology


Type of Program and Degrees Offered

BA in musicology with a focus on ethnomusicology
MA in ethnomusicology
PhD in ethnomusicology

Program Description

The BA program in musicology (3 years) is offered jointly with the Karl-Franzens-University Graz. It comprises courses from the following fields of music study: historical musicology, music aesthetics, music psychology and acoustics, jazz and popular music studies, and ethnomusicology. Students select two of these five fields as their focus areas after the third of six semesters. Courses are mainly taught in German, but English is often accepted as an alternative.

The MA program (2 years) is offered jointly with the Karl-Franzens-University Graz. Students will select one of the five fields mentioned for the BA program. Ethnomusicology courses are taught at KUG. If ethnomusicology is selected as the main field, students will choose an ethnomusicological topic for their MA thesis. English is an accepted language for all courses taken in ethnomusicology as well as for the MA thesis itself.

The PhD program (3 years) at KUG is described in detail on the website listed below. It includes supervision by a team consisting of three experts one of whom is an external advisor. Courses include supervisory classes, regular progress reports in front of other PhD candidates and courses on generic skills such as academic English and presentation techniques. English is an accepted language for all courses taken as well as for the PhD thesis.

Special Resources for Performance and Research

KUG houses a complete set of gamelan instruments (sléndro and pélog) from Central Java made by the renowned Bp. Tentrem Sarwanto of Surakarta/Java, a set of gamelan Beleganjur from Bali, a set of marimbas from Chiapas/Mexico, and an amadinda xylophone from the kiGanda tradition of Uganda. Courses on the performance practice of these ensembles are offered regularly each semester as part of the BA and MA programs, but also as open community music events.

KUG hosts its own music library including performance scores and academic books on site. Most publications related to ethnomusicology are kept in the specialized library of the Institute of Ethnomusicology. Students can access repositories for e-books and journals (EBSCO, JSTOR, etc.) on- and off-campus. In addition, all faculty and students have complete access to the research library at Karl-Franzens-University, one of the most extensive research libraries in Austria.

Students at every level are encouraged to augment their studies by enrolling in courses at other Institutes within KUG and at Karl-Franzens-Universität.

Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Bernd Brabec de Mori, PhD, senior scientist (Amazonia, cultures of auditory knowledge)

Linda Cimardi, PhD, guest researcher and lecturer (Uganda, African musics in Croatia)

Christopher Dick, MA, research project staff (tango argentino, motion capture)

Gerd Grupe, PhD, full professor (Jamaica, Zimbabwe, gamelan, cross-cultural issues)

Ana Hofman, PhD, guest lecturer (Oct. 2017-Jan. 2018)

Engelbert Logar, PhD, senior scientist (Slovenian folk music)

Nikzat, Babak, MA, university assistant (Iran, popular music)

Kendra Stepputat, PhD, assistant professor (Bali, tango argentino)

Sarah Weiss, PhD, senior scientist [as of March 2018] (gamelan, music and gender, cross-cultural issues, hybridity theory)

For more details about our faculty see the website at: https://ethnomusikologie.kug.ac.at/en/institute-13-ethnomusicology/staff.html

Financial Support

Tuition fees at Austrian universities are minimal. This is true for non-Austrian, EU students as well as non-EU/international students at all levels.

KUG offers one-year scholarships and three-year university assistant positions for PhD students. Details can be found here: https://www.kug.ac.at/fileadmin/media/dschule_w/Dokumente/FAQs_PhD__English_.pdf

Further Information

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Gerd Grupe University of Music and Performing Arts Institute of Ethnomusicology Leonhardstr. 82, 8010 Graz / Austria  Email: gerd.grupe@kug.ac.at

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