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PROGRAMME BOOK RESEARCH MASTER’S PROGRAMME MUSICOLOGY Dear students, Welcome to the Research MA programme in Musicology at Utrecht University. This programme book will provide you with all the basic information you need to successfully start your new programme of study and the new academic year and serves as a guide and a supplement to the extensive information available on our programme website. I hope that it will prove useful. As an Utrecht Musicology Research MA student, you are now a member of a lively intellectual and social community. Our students represent many countries and backgrounds, as do our instructors. I trust you will find the experience a rewarding one, both academically and professionally. With all best wishes for your studies, Dr Rebekah Ahrendt Programme Coordinator



THE PROGRAMME Our Research Master’s programme in Musicology will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music across history and cultures. You will also investigate the contextual circumstances influencing the production, distribution, and reception of music. The Musicology programme at Utrecht University focuses on Western music from the Middle Ages to the present and on the impact of media on the reception and conceptualisation of music. We also stress the impact of digitisation on Humanities research. Interdisciplinary work is central to the programme, and there are particularly strong links with Medieval and Renaissance Studies, New Media & Digital Culture, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Digital Humanities. The programme also maintains lively connections with the University’s focus areas Game Research and Migration and Societal Change, as well as the strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies. The Musicology programme aims to innovate, while at the same time retaining its links to the traditional musicological research fostered at the University since 1930. Research Themes Our current research spans many areas within historical musicology and music-and-media research. Research foci include late medieval music from the 13th to the early 15th centuries, Renaissance Franco-Flemish polyphony, Dutch music since the 17th century, music and its epistemologies from the late 18th century to the present, 20th-and 21st-century art and popular music, the development of music within colonial and post-colonial settings, the interaction between music and media, in particular film and digital media, and the impact of digitisation on musicology. As you will see, this research is firmly embedded within the taught components of the Research MA programme. Teaching is further enhanced by research colloquia and master classes led by international experts. You will also participate in classes at the national research schools relevant to our field of study (Huizinga Institute, Research School for Media Studies, National Research School Medieval Studies, Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis, Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies). Goals After graduating from our programme you will possess thorough knowledge of the field of musicology and will have acquired sophisticated knowledge of a research specialism either within the field of musicology and/or an interdisciplinary subject. You will be equipped to conduct independent research in the field of musicology and to report on this research at an advanced level. In short, you are ready to embark on a PhD dissertation or to enter the work force with a job that requires advanced research skills and deep insight into the methodologies employed by musicologists and humanities scholars in general today. On the student website you will find more information about your programme, ranging from an overview of courses to policies and procedures. Visit

WHO IS WHO? The RMA Musicology community at Utrecht University includes a wide variety of teaching and support staff members, offices, and services. For an overview of the many people and desks who are prepared to answer your every question, please visit This page also provides tips on which person to ask what question. When in doubt, your first points of contact are your Programme Coordinator and your Study Adviser. In this section, you will meet some of the most familiar faces in our community.

Dr Rebekah Ahrendt, Programme Coordinator 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 durée. Her expertise also extends to institutional analysis, cultural policy, and material culture.

Courses Cultural Institutions, tutorials, internship and thesis supervision. Dr Eric Jas Dr Jas (PhD Utrecht 1997) is a specialist in music analysis and the editing of Renaissance music. He has contributed extensively to the New Josquin Edition and is the editor of the Tijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis (TVNM), the flagship journal of historical musicology in the Netherlands.

Courses Tutorials, thesis supervision. 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 ( dedicated to exploring the role of music in videogames.

Courses Digital Musicology, Digital Music Cultures, tutorials, internship and thesis supervision. Dr John Koslovsky Dr John Koslovsky (PhD Eastman 2010) specializes in music theory and analysis, and their history, especially in 20th-century Vienna (H. Schenker). As an Assistant Professor at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and an Affiliate Researcher at Utrecht University, he also provides a link between the two institutions.

Courses Tutorials.

Dr Peter van Kranenburg Dr Peter van Kranenburg (PhD Utrecht 2010) is a specialist in computational approaches to music research. E-mail:

Courses Computational Musicology.

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 Perspectives of Music Historiography, Research Design for Musicologists, Singing of Heaven and Earth, tutorials, internship and thesis supervision. 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, tutorials, thesis supervision. Prof Dr Emile Wennekes Professor Emile Wennekes (PhD Utrecht 1999) is a specialist in Dutch music from the 19th century to the present and an expert in the relationship between music and visual media.

Courses Music and the Moving Image, tutorials, thesis supervision.

Mentor Every RMA student in our programme is assigned a mentor. The mentor is an experienced teacher who will periodically review your progress with you. The mentor also helps you with course selection, setting up your semester abroad or an internship. The mentor fulfils a crucial function in guiding you towards your next career step, whether this involves applying to a PhD programme or finding employment. Students are assigned mentors by the Programme Coordinator at the beginning of each academic year.

STUDY ADVISOR The study advisor of this programme is Maaike Wouda. You may approach the study advisor ( ) if you experience personal circumstances which might influence the progress of your study. Please contact the student advisor in a timely manner when you experience personal problems:

Curriculum Committee The Curriculum Committee is a representative, advisory body comprised of both students and teachers. It is responsible for advising on and evaluating the Education and Examination Regulations of the programme and monitoring the quality of education, including addressing any problems which might arise through dialogue with the programme coordinator and/or the dean. Student opinion plays a key role in directing the Curriculum Committee’s actions. Through programme and course evaluations, the Committee receives the information it needs in order to make informed judgements in academic matters. Every fall, the students of the programme select one of their colleagues to represent them on this committee. Consider accepting this important position! And do not hesitate to contact your student representative if you have concerns (or even praise) which deserves the attention of the Curriculum Committee. For further information and a list of current members, visit

Board of Examiners The Board of Examiners is responsible for ensuring the integrity and quality of examinations and determining whether a student has achieved all objectives of the programme. The Board awards diplomas, handles cases related to academic dishonesty, evaluates requests for delaying graduation, and provides exemption or approval of non-standard features of the curriculum. This last aspect is the most common point of interaction with the Board, as Musicology students are particularly creative in their elective choices. To have an elective approved, you must submit a request using Osiris. For further information on approval of courses, including a link to the online request form, visit

Student Association Utrecht musicology students have a very active student association, Studievereniging Hucbald ( Do not hesitate to contact them if you want to get involved!

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION We are in the process of setting up a formal alumni network. Many of your instructors (Kamp,

Marinescu, Schuiling) are alumni of the programme, so you already have a direct line to some of the programme’s most successful alumni. In case of any specific needs or inquiries, please contact your mentor.

PROGRAMME INFORMATION PROGRAMME OUTLINE Below you find a schematic overview of your study programme. As you can see, the programme is arranged in three thematic areas that mutually interact and complement each other: Historical Musicology, Music and Media, and Musicology in Interdisciplinary Context. On the vertical axis, you can identify a progression from general overviews and state-of-the-art introductory courses in study period 1 to more and more specialized research seminars from study period 4 onward. Study periods 2 and 3 are an intermediary stage where you will be introduced to research topics and methodologies that are typical of the research areas that are Utrecht Musicology’s internationally recognized areas of strength. Throughout, the Utrecht Colloquia in the Musicologies will allow you to observe international researchers ‘in action’ when they report on their newest findings to the research group, giving you an overview of the global musicological ‘scene’ and what’s hot in musicology today. You will continue your specialization in your second year, acquiring additional hands-on research skills either abroad, in the field (internship), or during continued training in seminars and tutorials, leading you directly into the writing of your MA thesis. This way the programme structure guides you from the general to the specific while at the same time allowing you to get to know as many new research areas and methods as possible within the amount of time that is at our disposal. Have a look at:

Study Points (EC) To quantify study load, Utrecht University, like all EU universities, uses the ECTS (short: EC) system. 1 EC corresponds to 28 hours of work put in by the student.

Year 1

Historical Musicology

Music and Media

Musicology in Interdisciplinary Context

Lecture Seminar (attendance required)

Study period 1

Current Musicology (5 EC)

Perspectives on Music Historiography (5 EC)

Humanities Today (5 EC)

Utrecht Colloquia in the Musicologies

Study period 2

Musical Encounters (5 EC)

Elective (5 EC): Music and the Moving Image/ Research School/Tutorial/ Seminar

Digital Humanities: Applications for Musicologists/ Research Design for Musicologists (2 x 2.5 EC)

Utrecht Colloquia in the Musicologies

Study period 3

Singing of Heaven and Earth (5 EC)

Digital Music Cultures (5 EC)

Cultural Institutions (5 EC)

Utrecht Colloquia in the Musicologies

Study period 4

Elective (5 EC): Tutorial/Research School

Elective (5 EC): Computational Musicology/Tuto rial/ Research School

Elective (5 EC): Research School/ Tutorial/Seminar

Utrecht Colloquia in the Musicologies

Year 2



Across the Border (30 EC)

Research internship



Study period 1

Study period 2 Research internship

Study periods 3+4

Thesis (30 EC)

Electives (15 EC) Research School/ Tutorial/Seminar Electives (15 EC) Research School/ Tutorial/Seminar

Utrecht Colloquia in the Musicologies or equivalent abroad Utrecht Colloquia in the Musicologies or equivalent abroad Utrecht Colloquia in the Musicologies

COURSES Our programme is organized along three research themes: Historical Musicology, Music and Media, and Musicology in Interdisciplinary Context. The courses progress from one block to the next with the aim of giving the widest possible exposure to the vast range of research topics and methodologies currently employed in musicological sub-disciplines pursued by the Utrecht research group. The purpose of the core coursework of the programme is to make sure that each of you, no matter what your previous background, is versed in the discourse of musicology as practiced today at the end of compulsory course work. An essential feature of our class meetings which will help you achieve an appropriate level of expertise is the seminar format: unlike lectures, where students passively receive knowledge from the instructor, seminars are designed to actively engage students in discussion and debate under the guidance of the instructor. Therefore, your dynamic participation is both welcome and necessary. Within a single block you will experience both contrast and synergies. You are encouraged to make connections both horizontally (within a given block) and vertically (from one block to the next) between courses. In addition to the courses described below, the lectures offered in the Musicology Research Group’s series ‘Utrecht Colloquia in the Musicologies’ (generally held on the fourth Thursday of each month) as well as lectures organized by other disciplinary groups and the Graduate School are on offer. The Colloquia and lectures complement the course list and offer a selection of examples of the most up-to-date, as yet unpublished musicological research-inprogress by a variety of guest speakers. Attendance of the Colloquia is compulsory for Musicology students. You are encouraged to attend lectures organized by other disciplinary groups and the Graduate School at your discretion. In what follows, a very short synopsis of each course is given. Current Musicology This course presents a survey of the state-of-play in the field, focusing on research themes and methodologies both traditional and cutting-edge. Activities: reading, discussions, presentations, final paper. Perspectives on Music Historiography This course examines some of the key topoi of musicological discourse. How do these topoi affect our methodologies, and can and should we search for alternatives? Activities: reading, discussions, presentations, final paper.

Humanities Today An interdisciplinary exploration of the humanities as practiced today, conducted jointly with RMA students from other fields including Media, Art and Performance Studies and Gender Studies. Activities: reading, discussions, presentations, final paper. Musical Encounters People move around, now as much as in the past. They invariably bring along their music, and reflect on their encounters musically. How is music of the Other constructed? How is it valued, and why? Activities: reading, discussions, presentations, final paper. Music and the Moving Image This course is devoted to film music. Technology, aesthetics and implications of the use of music in cinematic media will be examined taking into account ideological, historical, social, and performative factors. Activities: reading, discussions, presentations, final paper. Digital Humanities: Applications for Musicologists/ Research Design for Musicologists These two half-courses focus on the nuts and bolts of musicological research. Digital Humanities: Applications for Musicologists introduces you to the many new possibilities that keep opening up in our field through the use of digital tools. In Research Design for Musicologists you learn how to write a successful grant proposal and conference abstract, taking into account specifics of musicological research as well as general rules. Activities: practical assignments, discussions. Singing of Heaven and Earth This course examines a group of topics and methodologies currently relevant in research concerning music before 1700. In addition to highlighting the ceremonial functions of premodern music in both the sacred and the secular spheres, the course pays close attention to the exchange of musical ideas, the role of music patronage, and technologies of memory, book-making, and print in a predominantly oral culture. Activities: reading, weekly listening assignments, discussions, presentations, written assignments. Digital Music Cultures Although visual culture has raised much academic interest, new media and digital culture would not exist without sound. This course examines the various ways in which music plays a role in the digital era. Activities: reading, weekly assignments, discussions, presentations, final paper. Cultural Institutions This course takes its cue from the university’s strategic theme ‘Institutions’. How do institutions encourage or suppress art? What are the specifics supporting or discouraging music? And how do institutions respond to emerging trends or waning public interest? These questions will be approached from a broad cultural- historical perspective but with special emphasis on musicrelated topics. Activities: reading, discussions, final conference paper presentation. Computational Musicology This course provides an overview of current developments in digital musicology within the larger context of digital humanities. A basic introduction to computing and information science as well as to empirical research methodologies is given. Issues of understanding the computer as a machine and as a tool will explicitly be addressed. Activities: reading, practical assignments, discussions, presentations, final paper. Tutorial A tutorial is the most advanced form of teaching offered in the curriculum and represents that next level up from course work. Tutorials are the bridge between general course work (as in the courses above) and increased specialization that will help you identify the research area

you will write your thesis on. This is done through hands-on work with a specialist in the field. In a tutorial you will work with an instructor either individually or in a very small group to explore a topic directly related to your and the instructor’s research interests. There are many possibilities for tutorials; in fact, you may ask any instructor at any Dutch university to work with you. Consult with your programme coordinator to learn about possibilities. Once you have found an instructor, your specific ideas and goals will be worked out in an agreement, signed by both you and the instructor. The tutorial lasts for one block, and may be either 5 EC or 10 EC, depending on the amount and type of work you hope to accomplish. For example, you can write a research paper, perform a literature review, organize a reading/discussion group, work on language acquisition/skills, or prepare an annotated bibliography. It is up to you and the instructor, so use your imagination! Other Elective Courses You have a great deal of flexibility in choosing elective courses at Utrecht or other Dutch universities, depending on your research interests. Consult with your Programme Coordinator about suitable options. To further assist you in your search, the Faculty of Humanities has created a website of RMA courses on offer in Utrecht: Simply tick the box “Musicology” and the block of your choice on the left-hand side of the page to explore your options. Some courses require approval from the instructor (“course coordinator”), so be sure to contact them in a timely manner. Note: The course “Music and the Moving Image” does not appear on this site for administrative reasons, but it remains a recommended elective for our programme. If you wish to follow a course at another university, be aware that academic calendars differ and that space is not guaranteed. Research Schools As a Research Master student, it is mandatory to participate in the National Research Schools. Out of the 120 EC that you need to collect throughout your entire RMA, 10 EC need to be gained by taking courses/masterclasses at research schools (only 5 EC if you go abroad or conduct a 30-EC internship in the second year). There are several research schools that may be of relevance to you as you develop your research focus based on what you have learned and what piqued your curiosity in the seminars. You can subscribe to a research school which offers courses/masterclasses matching your research interests and thus already begin to specialize in a direction that you might find interesting. The Huizinga Institute is Musicology’s traditional ‘home’ research school. Additionally, the Research School for Media Studies, the National Research School for Gender Studies, the Dutch Research School for Medieval Studies, and the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis may be of interest. These schools offer a wide range of courses and master classes to earn study points (EC), ranging from intensive summer schools of 10 EC to seminars of 5 or 6 EC or short workshops of just 1 EC. In conversation with your mentor you will identify which courses are best suited to your individual research interests and study programme. Becoming a member of a research school (for free!) does not mean that you cannot take courses and masterclasses of other research schools. You are at liberty to shop around and obtain credits elsewhere. As a member of a specific research school, however, you do receive priority in course enrolment. This means you can join masterclasses and courses of other research schools only as long as there is space, as members have priority. It is recommended that you sign up for courses as early as possible in any case, as enrolment is generally limited; note that if your plans change, you may cancel your enrolment at any time without penalty. For further information, please visit:

CAREER ORIENTATION During your programme you will improve your knowledge and your academic and professional skills, particularly in courses such as Research Design or Digital Humanities: Applications for Musicologists. Generally speaking, it is advisable to prepare yourself for your future career during your MA studies by going through the following phases: 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 applications and interviews. This way, you will establish yourself as a professional. Internships and your semester abroad are excellent ways to forge connections with the international research infrastructure for which you are training, as are master classes and research colloquia. Your mentor will be able to guide you through preparing applications to suitable PhD programmes or jobs. In addition, Career Services offers workshops to all students, for which you can register at Topics include using social media, writing a curriculum vitae and cover letter, transferable skills, preparing for a job/internship interview, 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 ( Career Services also hosts an online vacancy site (; and organizes events such as the Humanities Career Night (, the UU CareersDay ( and the monthly evenings Your Perspective: Career Opportunities for Humanities Graduates. Visit for more information and check your email, Blackboard or Facebook- and LinkedIn-groups for announcements!

SEMESTER ABROAD The semester abroad is one of the distinctive features of the Utrecht Musicology programme. It is not compulsory but strongly recommended, although in some situations it will clearly be preferable to stay in the Netherlands. In consultation with your mentor, you will first identify whether you should go abroad or not (alternatives are an internship or further coursework in Utrecht or other Dutch universities). If it is determined that a stay abroad is desirable, your mentor will help you identify the most suitable university based on your performance in the programme, your research interests, and other factors such as language ability or the availability of particular resources. It is important to start preparations early as getting accepted by the university (and the scholar/s of your choice working there) can be quite competitive. Nevertheless, all students who have gone abroad found their time at the host university and in a different research culture decisive for their future. The time abroad often helps students to find their way to the next step in academic education, such as enrolment in a PhD programme, although this is not a compulsory outcome. Please note: It is vital that you create a study plan and choose courses for your study abroad in consultation with your programme coordinator. If you do not, courses might not be counted toward your degree. While abroad you will stay in touch with your mentor. Your mentor will continue advising on your study programme or any changes thereto that may emerge. At the end of your stay, your mentor will make sure that your minimum of 30 EC is transferred properly into your UU student dossier. UU Musicology partners with numerous institutions around the world. Check with the programme coordinator for current possibilities.

INTERNSHIP Just like the semester abroad, an internship in the RMA is an invaluable element in your training as a professional researcher and a great way to prepare for the working environment as well as develop a topic for your MA thesis. It allows you to experience the work field as an embedded researcher, either within academia, within a research institute or external research project, or in the context of a professional organisation or cultural institution dedicated to research, e.g. a museum, library, archive, or research institute. During the internship you obtain the opportunity to develop your research skills in a professional (research) environment, to further develop your personal professional research identity, and to reflect on your role as a researcher in relation to the (wider) professional field. In the research master a clear research component is essential to an internship. It is part of the goals of an internship to develop a research topic suitable for your MA thesis as part of your research. After finding a host project, organization, or institution for your internship, you will discuss your research goals with the internship supervisor from your research master program at Utrecht University in dialogue with an external supervisor at the project, organization or institution that offers the internship. This trialogue is important to ensure that there is a solid research component to your internship and that all parties involved are in agreement about the internship activities, goals, and the research component. On the basis of this agreement you will write an internship work plan, including the research proposal for your internship. In the work plan you elaborate on the research you will be conducting, your research questions, as well as the practical tasks you will be fulfilling at your internship. Your mentor will help you fine-tune the topic with a view to developing your internship into a thesis topic and will also intervene in case any problems arise. At the end of the internship you will write a detailed internship report in which you critically reflect upon your research activities during the internship, your research findings and your own learning process as embedded researcher. In this report you demonstrate an appropriately high level of critical reflection on your research – e.g., the development and different stages of the research, the arguments behind the choices you have made, methodologies you have, or have not employed. You will also reflect on your own role as a researcher within this internship, and on this experience as part of your training and personal development as a researcher. UU Musicology partners for internships include but are not limited to: University Library Utrecht, Special Collections University Library Amsterdam, Special Collections Royal Library of The Netherlands, The Hague, Special Collections Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels, Manuscript Department Netherlands Music Institute, The Hague Journal of Sonic Studies,The Hague Museum Speelklok, Utrecht Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam MeertensInstitute, Amsterdam Internships may be either 15 EC or 30 EC and may also take place abroad—there are so many possibilities. Under the guidance of your mentor you are encouraged to discover other partners which specifically relate to your areas of expertise and research interest.

THESIS Your programme will conclude with a thesis. This thesis is the last element in the master programme and its crowning achievement. There you will apply all the skills, knowledge and insights that you have acquired during the programme. The thesis should be at least 30,000 words and may be no longer than 40,000 words (including notes and bibliography) and will yield 30 EC. You can find more info on:

IMPORTANT FOR HUMANITIES STUDENTS New students Practical information for new students at the Humanities faculty. Academic calendar Information about days off, course registrations and change-of-enrolment days. UU online Information about our online systems and how to log in: In need of a manual? IT manuals:

REGISTRATION, PROCEDURES, INTERNSHIP INFO Student Information Desk Humanities Programme related matters, such as

• course registration • course schedules • study results & study progress (Osiris) • graduation

Student Services Studying at Utrecht University in general: • registration as a UU student • tuition fees • elite athletes • disability or chronic illness

Internship coordinator Information about:

• guidelines and procedures • internship placements

QUESTIONS ABOUT ENTERING THE JOB MARKET Career Services Advice on getting a job after graduation through workshops, CV check-up, and coaching. Your programme coordinator will inform you about programme-specific events.

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

FACT! You can find your grades, student card and timetable in the MyUU portal and the MyUU app: and 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-ofenrolment days before the start of the relevant block. FACT! Deadlines are always listed in the course syllabus, which your lecturer will provide approximately 2 weeks prior to the course’s ’start. FACT! If you need more information about specific aspects of your programme, e.g. internships or thesis, please see the Curriculum page on the programme website via

FACT! Check students. for information about living, jobs, sports and leisure in Utrecht!

THINKING O F G O I N G A B R O A D ? International office Humanities:

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

© June 2021. Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information presented in this factsheet is correct and up to date. Utrecht University cannot be held liable for any false, inaccurate, or incomplete information presented herein.

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Programme book Research Master in Musicology 2021-2022  

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

Programme book Research Master in Musicology 2021-2022  

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

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