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FACT SHEET MASTER’S PROGRAMME APPLIED MUSICOLOGY Dear Students, On behalf of our staff members, professors and professionals alike, I would like to cordially welcome you to our Master’s programme Applied Musicology. You’ve chosen a hands-on programme in which you will improve your academic and methodological skills, and broaden your horizon on urgent and crucial matters within the musical infrastructure in the Netherlands as well as in an international perspective. The programme Applied Musicology offers the specific knowledge and skills required for a musicologist to successfully operate within an international


musical practice. In this factsheet, you will find the institutional information

Prof. dr. Emile Wennekes is Chair


required for understanding the curriculum (who’s who?, courses, internship,

Professor of Musicology: Music and

thesis); the library and the faculty systems such as Blackboard, email

Media and coordinator of the

accounts, the use of Osiris and the like, as well as the university’s codes of

Applied Musicology Master

conduct and moral behaviour.

programme. He has published on a broad range of subjects, including a

For my part, I wish you all a successful, intellectually challenging and, most importantly: a hugely musical year! We are situated in the center of Utrecht. Our city hosts a wide array of concert venues which the programme is also allied to. Primus inter pares is without doubt the TivoliVredenburg concert hall complex, whose five stages not only offer classical symphonic and chamber music concerts, but pop and jazz as well, not to mention all other possible musical styles, new and old. This concert hall complex mirrors our programme in that sense: we do not discriminate between genres or styles and our ambition is to be highly involved within our societal surroundings. We keep a keen eye on the job market and offer not only high-profile professors, but also highly skilled professionals and decision makers active in the musical practice. Our slogan

co-published introductory book on contemporary Dutch-Flemish musical infrastructure available in six languages. He previously worked as music critic for the Dutch dailies NRC Handelsblad and de Volkskrant. He was artistic advisor for CD and concert productions, host for concert series of contemporary music and orchestral programmer of the Dutch broadcast symphony orchestras. Emile Wennekes chairs

is therefore:

the Study Group Music and Media

Applied Musicology:

International Musicological Society

Getting to know the music scene; letting the music scene get to know you!

(MaM) under the auspices of the and coordinates its annual conferences.

See you soon,

Yours, Prof. dr. Emile Wennekes, Programme Coordinator



Introduction to the programme Since its establishment in 1930, the Utrecht department of Musicology has been renowned for the study of historical musicology. The department has since then evolved into a broad Bachelor’s programme and multiple Master’s programmes that also offer specialisations on topics including Music and Media and Digital Musicology. The department presents itself as a programme where musicological competencies are being taught and critically employed as useful tools for the musical infrastructure. In the Master’s programme Applied Musicology (inter)national developments on issues of music production, programming and participation are studied from a theoretical, a historical, as well as a practical context. As the name implies, the programme is designed around the concept of ‘applied musicology’, a practicebased form of musicology that devotes much time to studying and analysing the way the musical infrastructure functions and to acquiring the knowledge and the skills required to successfully operate internationally within this infrastructure. Students are supervised intensively in obtaining the necessary research skills and theoretical reflectivity that are needed for current, complex music programming challenges. You will learn to position yourself within the infrastructural networks through a profound knowledge of repertoire and institutions; you will learn how to achieve a solid productional base by undertaking grant applications; you will learn how to critically reflect on urgent matters of catering specific music programmes and productions towards specific audiences. While the curriculum is practice-based, the music is not only studied from a Eurocentric perspective, but is contextualised within its global and mediated appearances. It offers training in both current and innovative approaches in musicology, whereas at the same time academic musicological skills are ‘translated’ into the day-to-day challenges of musical life. The programme is designed in direct dialogue with top of the bill institutions within the musical infrastructure of the Netherlands and beyond; it does not discriminate between classical and popular music. Central to the programme is the development of skills that resonate with these specific qualities that the job market requests. Through collaborations with the most important music organisations and media institutes of the Netherlands, the student will be well-prepared for job market demands. By intensively working with high-profile professionals, you will learn from firsthand experiences how the infrastructure functions. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to enlarge your network, letting the infrastructure get to know you and your specific talents. To achieve this, the programme is divided into an ‘ensemble semester’ and a ‘solo semester’. The first semester (two ‘blocks’ of ten weeks) is the ‘ensemble’ semester. This first part of the programme consists of three series of courses or ‘tracks’ which you follow side by side. In one track (a), current musicological research issues and topics are addressed, next to (b) courses that are devoted to the functioning of musical infrastructures past and present. A third track (c) offers practical training of applied skills (writing, presenting, programming) in the so-called Musical Knack Labs. The second semester (also two blocks) is the ‘solo semester’, in which the students devote their time to individual internship(s), as well as undertaking the research for, and writing the Master’s Thesis. The Musicology programmes are institutionally part of the larger Department of Media and Culture Studies within the Faculty of Humanities. More detailed information on the programme and its specific courses will be given in chapter 6. You will find more and more up-to-date information about your programme, ranging from activities, the overview of courses to policies and procedures on the student website. Visit http://students.uu.nl/en/hum/applied-musicology.

Who’s Who within the programme? Professors Courses Music and the Moving Image courses, Writing about Music, Theses, Internships Dr Michiel Kamp Dr Michiel Kamp (DPhil Cambridge 2014) is a specialist in the emerging fields of game research and music. He is one of the members of the international research group Ludomusicology (ludomusicology.org) dedicated to exploring the role of music in videogames.

Courses Electives, Theses Dr Floris Schuiling Dr Floris Schuiling (DPhil Cambridge 2015) approaches musical performance from an anthropological perspective and asks in a general sense what performance may teach us about human creativity and social interaction. He is a specialist in the study of improvisation, anthropology and philosophy of music.

Courses Current Musicology, Theses Dr. Rebekah Ahrendt

Dr Rebekah Ahrendt (PhD UC Berkeley 2011) is a specialist in music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as well as the history of music in international relations, politics and diplomacy across the longue durĂŠe. A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, she also performs professionally on the viola da gamba.

Dr Ruxandra Marinescu Dr Ruxandra Marinescu (PhD Utrecht 2014) is a specialist in the music culture of late-medieval France. Her research interests include the monophonic lais in the Roman de Fauvel (Paris, ca. 1317-20) and the patronage of aristocrats in fourteenth-century Europe.

Courses Current Musicology, Electives

Sara Lambrecht MA Lecturer and core teacher Sara Lambrecht is active in the music industry as an independent booking & PR agent, working with artists such as Jef Neve and Goeyvaerts Trio. She has worked for EMI Music and Challenge Records international as a product manager, marketing coordinator and label promoter. Having studied Music Business Management at the Westminster University of London, she gained insight and knowledge to tackle the challenging conditions as a ‘do it yourself’ business woman. She promotes a ‘hands-on’ approach to be successful in the music industry of today, and she will incorporate her field experience into the course. Course Musical Infrastructure in an International Context, Staging Music, Internships, Theses.

Study advisor You can contact the study advisor, Maaike Wouda, when you have questions regarding choices and planning which involve your studies. The study advisor can also give advice when personal circumstances affect your studies. If you expect that you might fall behind in your studies or if you have a disability, please see the Study Advisor in an early stage. For more information: https://students.uu.nl/en/hum/appliedmusicology/contact/study-advisor.

Study association ‘Hucbald’ is the association of musicology students of Utrecht University. Named after the medieval musical monk from St. Amand, the association organises study-related as well as social activities for its hundred-plus members. Annually, its various committees programme a choir project, a family meeting day, activities for alumni, as well as a trip to a musical destination abroad. Hucbald collaborates closely with Utrecht University to keep optimising the student’s experience of the Musicology programmes. www.hucbald.nl hucbald@hucbald.nl Post address: Muntstraat 2A, 3512 EV Utrecht Visiting address: Muntstraat 2A, room T3.11 030 253 9345

Curriculum Committee The Curriculum Committee is a representative body comprised of students as well as lecturers. They are responsible for guarding the quality of education, advising on the Education and Examination Regulations and its annual evaluation, and addressing problems that might arise. If so requested or of its own accord, they advise the Board of the study programme and the dean on all academic educational matters.

The opinion of students plays a key role in the tasks of the Curriculum Committee. Through course evaluations and evaluations of the programme, the Curriculum Committee reviews academic education and teaching. Every bachelor’s or master’s degree programme appoints a student as a representative. The student member is a point of contact for educational matters, so do not hesitate to contact him or her, if you have an issue that you think needs to be addressed. Tasks of the student member At the beginning of each academic year, a new student member is appointed. As a student member of this Curriculum Committee, you are a representative of the Applied Musicology master’s degree programme. Besides evaluating the courses and the programme, advising on the Education and Examination Regulations, and addressing problems that might arise, the student member also has some specific tasks. First, the student member is a point of contact for educational matters and it is his or her responsibility to maintain good contact with the students. Second, the student member processes the course evaluations and attends meetings in which the results of the course evaluations are discussed. Third, at the end of the academic year, the student member (with help of other members of the Curriculum Committee) organizes an educational dialogue for students and lecturers to discuss the Applied Musicology master’s degree programme.

Programme information Programme outline The faculty’s teaching format comprises two semesters, each divided into two blocks of ten weeks. In each block, you will take three courses of 5 ECTS each. As explained above, the programme is divided into an ‘ensemble semester’ and a ‘solo semester’. The first semester is the ‘ensemble’ semester. Spread over the first two blocks, you will find three parallel tracks: (1) Musicological Fundamentals, (2) Music, Media and the Infrastructure, (3) Musical Knack Lab. In the second, ‘solo semester’ you will undertake your internship and write your thesis. Take a look at : https://students.uu.nl/en/hum/applied-musicology/curriculum

Ensemble and Solo Semester During the first semester, the track Musicological Fundamentals is jointly offered with the Research Master’s Programme Musicology. You will get to know the actual, state of the art debates within the musicological discipline in the compulsory course Current Musicology (block 1). In block 2 this track will be continued by choosing an elective seminar. If you plan to broaden your horizon into more interdisciplinary territory, several options will be offered by the Department of Media and Culture Studies. If you prefer to deepen your disciplinary knowledge, then a seminar on a topic on Historical Musicology would be recommended. Internal electives this year will be the courses Music and the Moving Image, and Musical Encounters. Parallel to the first track, you will follow two courses that address the core theory of the programme within Music, Media and the Infrastructure. In the first block you will follow the compulsory course Musical Infrastructure in an International Context. In the second block, you will choose again an elective course from the set offered by the Department. Applied skills and practical training of required competencies will be offered by the two compulsory courses in the Musical Knack Lab track. In the first block you will follow the course Writing about Music: Historical Context, Contemporary Competencies; in the second block the course Staging Music: Programs, Productions, Policies and Pecunia is scheduled. The second semester (also two blocks) is the ‘solo semester’, in which you devote your time to individual internship(s), as well as undertake the research for, and writing the Master’s Thesis. You can either do your internship and write your thesis in separate blocks (see schedule underneath), or you devote your time between internship and thesis, spreading both over two blocks (option not in schedule)

Block 1

Block 2

Current Musicology


Musical Infrastructure in an International Context Writing about Music: Historical Context, Contemporary Competencies

Block 3

Block 4

Internship (15 EC)

Internship (15 EC) and/or


Thesis (15 EC)


Staging Music: Programs,

Thesis (15 EC)

Productions, Policies and Pecunia

Courses In this paragraph the context of the courses will be described. For the electives two courses are suggested. You may change these to different ones from the course planner: take a look at cursusplanner.uu.nl

TRACK 1: MUSICOLOGICAL FUNDAMENTALS Current Musicology (compulsory) Musical Encounters (suggested elective)

TRACK 2: MUSIC, MEDIA AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE Musical Infrastructure in an International Context (Compulsory) Music and the Moving Image (suggested elective)

TRACK 3: MUSICAL KNACK LAB Writing about Music: Historical Context, Contemporary Competencies (compulsory) Staging Music: Programs, Productions, Policies & Pecunia (compulsory)

Career orientation Throughout the programme, we intend to connect Academia and the ‘professional world’. There are several reflective moments incorporated in classes and there are choices to be made regarding assignments that can individualise your path through this master programme. Professionals active in the Dutch musical infrastructure will join our programme through your internship you actively participate in the working field. However, it is also advisable to prepare yourself for your future career during your master at a more general level. Research has shown that the following phases are essential: reflecting on your motivation and work values, researching your opportunities on the job market, creating ties with potential employers and practicing skills as needed for your job application and the following interview. This way, you will establish yourself as a professional. The Career Services of the university offers events, workshops and tests related to career orientation and job application skills, starting with a career check, which creates an action plan and offers advice on what to do during your studies: reflect, explore, connect & get skilled. For more information go to: www.uu.nl/careerservices. Career Services workshops might be incorporated in your master programme (ask your coordinator) but you are also welcome to join (other) workshops as an individual, for which you can register at www.uu.nl/careerservices), on the following topics: LinkedIn, writing a curriculum and cover letter, transferable skills, and working consciously & effectively. Career Services also offers several online tests: the career check, work values test, career choice test, personality test, and competence test (https://uucareercheck.nl/site); hosts an online vacancy site (uu.jobteaser.com); and organizes events such as the Humanities Career Night (https://carrierenachtgw.nl/en/), which takes place on, the UU CareersDay (https://carrieredaguu.nl) monthly evenings on Your Perspective: Career Opportunities for Humanities Graduates and twice a year a Curriculum checks and LinkedIn photo shoots. Visit www.uu.nl/careerservices for more information and check your email, blackboard or Facebook- and LinkedIngroups for announcements.

Internship The internship is (together with the thesis) part of an individual trajectory. The exact activities, mode of working and schedule will depend on the nature of the internship. They are agreed upon prior to the beginning of the internship and established in a written agreement. During the internship the student actively participates in the working field. Professional and academic skills will be evaluated, as reflected in the quality of the internship report. The aim of the internship is for the student to gain practical work experience and to reflect on professional practice under the supervision both of a staff member of the organisation and the student's tutor. The internship allows the student to gain hands-on experience in a practice of his/her choice within the field of arts and society. Prior to the internship, students define their goals and intentions; during the internship, students engage in practical work and reflect on this engagement; after the internship is complete, students reflect on their experience in a written report.More information about the internship can be found on the website: https://students.uu.nl/en/hum/applied-musicology/study-programme/internships. In the recent past, students have undertaken their internships with institutions listed underneath. You are free to choose others, but do discuss this with your instructor.

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NTR AVRO Tros VPRO Brava TV Koninklijk Concertgebouw & Orkest Het Metropole Orkest De Doelen TivoliVredenburg Muziekgebouw Eindhoven Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ Gaudeamus Muziekweek Nederlands Muziek Instituut International Liszt Competition Utrecht Festival Oude Muziek Alferink Music Management De Kunstbende De Popronde De Klassieke Muziek Coalitie

• Calefax Reed Quintet • Nederlands Kamerkoor • Holland Baroque • Nederlandse Bach Vereniging • Universal Music • Dox Records • BMG Publishing • Radio 4 • Concertgebouw Brugge • Holland Festival • Pentatone • Concertzender • Wonderfeel • Artist Management Ralph van Raat • Dutch National Opera & Ballet • Bärenreiter publishers, Cologne • Boilrer Room Berlin Etc.

N.B.: Once you have handed in the internship contract at the Student Desk you will be enrolled for the internship, this does not happen through Osiris! It is your responsibility to find a good internship placement and to take care of all the paperwork at the Internship Office.

Thesis Your programme will be concluded with a thesis. This thesis is the last course in the Master’s programme in which you apply the skills, knowledge and insights that you have acquired during the programme. You do independent research and write an academic or practice based thesis (for example after completion of a research internship) based on the gathered information. The Master's Thesis is an academic report in which the student makes an independent and original contribution to research in the domain of Arts and Society. The report is based on a research question that is answered by the student's research. The thesis should be the product of guided, independent research on a chosen topic. The thesis should demonstrate that the student is able to produce new scholarly knowledge and insight and can share this insight with others. A thesis is a scholarly work in which the student is expected to contribute, on the basis of independent research, to the ongoing discourse within his/her discipline. It should be structured around a central research question or aim (set out in the introductory sections) to which it provides an answer (set out in the conclusion). The student should formulate the central research question or aim at the outset and demonstrate its relevance in relation to the scholarly literature on the topic. The body of the thesis should include a lucid account of how the student operationalized his/her research and a presentation and analysis of the research findings. In the conclusion of the thesis, the student should relate his/her findings to the original research question, discuss the broader implications of the findings, and make recommendations for future research on the topic. You will find more information at: https://students.uu.nl/en/hum/applied-musicology/study-programme/mastersthesis.

IMPORTANT FOR STUDENTS AT HUMANITIES Academic calendar students.uu.nl/hum-calendar Information about important dates, days off, course registrations and change-of-enrolment days.

UU ONLINE Information about the most important online systems and how to log in is available at students.uu.nl/hum-online In need of a manual? IT manuals: https://manuals.uu.nl/en

QUESTIONS ABOUT COURSE REGISTRATIONS, PROCEDURES OR INTERNSHIP? Student Information Desk Humanities students.uu.nl/hum-contact For programme related matters, such as

Student Services students.uu.nl/en/contact/student-services For information about:

Internship coordinator students.uu.nl/hum-internshipcoordinator For information about:

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course registration

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registration as a UU student

schedules study results (Osiris) study progress overview (SVO) graduation

tuition fees compensation for board activities top sport disability or chronic illness

• guidelines and procedures • internship placements and businesses • alumni-network

QUESTIONS ABOUT ENTERING THE JOBMARKET? Career Services students.uu.nl/hum-careerservices Career Services will answer all your questions about your steps into the job market. You can attend workshops, have your CV examined and ask the faculty Career Officer for coaching. Your programme coordinator “will inform you” about what is organised within your programme.

NEED EXTRA HELP? Study advisor: Student psychologist: Workshops at Skills Lab:

FACT! You can find your grades, student card and timetable in the MyUU portal and the MyUU app: students.uu.nl/en/myuu and students.uu.nl/en/ myuu-app FACT! In the second semester, you will have to register in Osiris for courses you wish to attend. If you want to switch courses, you can do so on the change-of- enrolment days before the start of the block in question. FACT! Deadlines are always communicated by your lecturers in the course manuals they provide around two weeks prior to the start of the course. FACT! If you need more programme specific information about for instance internship or thesis, consult the Curriculum page on your programme’s website, see: students.uu.nl/hum.

FACT! Check students. uu.nl/hum-studentlife for information about living, jobs, sports and leisure in Utrecht!

students.uu.nl/hum-studyadvisor students.uu.nl/psychologist students.uu.nl/en-skillslab

THINKING OF GOING ABROAD? International office Humanities:


OTHER FACILITIES University library: Olympos sports centre: Parnassos cultural centre:

students.uu.nl/hum-library olympos.nl/en-us/home.aspx uu.nl/en/parnassos

© June 2020. Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities. This factsheet has been compiled with the utmost care. It is for informational purposes only, and no rights can be derived from its contents.

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Factsheet Master in Applied Musicology 2020-2021  

The master of Applied Musicology's factsheet gives you an overview of the Master programme’s aims, modules, lecturers as well as practical...

Factsheet Master in Applied Musicology 2020-2021  

The master of Applied Musicology's factsheet gives you an overview of the Master programme’s aims, modules, lecturers as well as practical...