Musicology

The School offers the Bachelor of Music with 240 ECTS credits in the speciality of Musicology with two optional alternatives: historical musicology and ethnomusicology:

Teaching goals

Contents and itineraires

Study plan

Professional Development

Teaching staff

Teaching goals

The Bachelor of Music, speciality in Musicology, has the fundamental objective of training professionals aware of the main models and techniques for understanding and analysing musical fact, provided with methodological tools for research and musicology and capable of suitably contextualising them.
Graduates may be involved in society by reflecting on the musical activities and thus contributing to improving them. There is also insistence on fruitful alliances of musicologists with disciplines close to musical praxis, with special emphasis on their responsibility as producers of theoretical reflection, but without taking them away from the cultural and sociological reality that surrounds them at any time.

Contents and itineraries

The subjects of these studies enable us to approach a wide variety of styles, processes and musical activities from the historical, analytical and aesthetic viewpoint. They must also provide students with tools for producing and communicating new knowledge of music, and to make them aware of the main tendencies and fronts of discussion in the most modern musicology, while maintaining a critical, well-based position.
The musicology studies are shaped in a common first year and two options from the second and onwards: Historical musicology and Ethnomusicology.
These two options enable greater specialisation in the historical area of western music, on the one hand, and on the other in the analysis of music as a cultural practice regardless of its geographical origin or social status.

Study plan

The study plan is made up of basic training, compulsory specialities, optional subjects and the degree final project.
The compulsory specialities include subjects common to all, such as complementary instrumental training and band music, and the greater weight falls upon the subject of research methods and sources, notation, transcription and interpretation of musical documents and history. The option of historical musicology includes subjects of analysis, theory, aesthetics and history. In ethnomusicology, in the subjects that highlight the study of music as a cultural phenomenon and musical practice traditionally more poorly considered by the academy: popular musics, other musical traditions, etc.

Professional Development

Graduates may practise musicology professionally in a large variety of working contexts, such as:

  • Teaching and musical praxis
  • Publishing work as coordinators, critics or editors
  • Access to the field of musical documentation, in specialised archives or libraries
  • Advice and audiovisual production in different media in programming, advertising, etc.
  • Development of didactic material
  • Cooperation in the management and promotion of festivals, cycles of concerts and institutions of musical dissemination

The acquired knowledge enables graduates to move on to postgraduate level and to work with or take part in research groups.

Teaching staff

The Musicology Department has teachers of highly diverse training and origin to guarantee the wealth of focuses and the multidisciplinary orientation of the teaching and contemporary research. This wealth also allows students to choose the work lines closest to their interests and their preferences of style, methodology, time and geography.