Artistic research

How does Esmuc see artistic research?

The Esmuc has a high number of professors with PhD or about to get it. This is an important source of academic research. However, in recent years we are implementing strategies to promote artistic research: research models whose aim is posing and answering questions about specific artistic problems:

  • which can only be formulated and addressed in an institution of higher artistic education as Esmuc,
  • which can be addressed only by musicians,
  • where instrumental and compositional practice plays a key role, both in the formulation of questions, but also in the development, reflection, experimentation, response attainment, and expression of results.

The Esmuc has played an important role in promoting European artistic research in music, participating actively in the working group Artistic Research in Higher Music Education of the Network Polyphony (Erasmus Network for Music from 2004 to 2014) of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC).

The Esmuc conducts seminars, conferences and publishes books and articles on this topic. It also promotes artistic research work in graduate and masters theses, and also among teachers. It has co-edited a monographic book on the subject:

López Cano, R. i San Cristóbal, U. (2014). Investigación artística en música: problemas, experiencias y propuestas. Downloadable book.

It also has an information center on this subject which is available in free access: