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Musicology at Turku university

Musicology students at the University of Turku are familiarized with a broad spectrum of musical repertories, they learn how musical meanings are shaped with reference to social and intellectual ideas, and they are trained in a variety of academic approaches to the study of music. Students gain the requisite knowledge to analyze, describe and interpret sonic culture in its various forms and to produce new knowledge about it.

The musicology programmes at Turku University reflect the diverse interests of the faculty, but with a special focus on current musicological methods including ideas from critical cultural studies and philosophy. We are open to research spanning the whole gamut of sonic culture, including old and new classical music, popular music from jazz and schlager to metal, folk and world music, as well as film music, sonic art and soundscapes.

Musicology in Turku is part of a larger Department of History, the Arts and Culture, with which is shares both resources and expertise. The musicology programme collaborates closely with neighbouring study programmes, allowing students to deepen their understanding of music, the arts and culture in a mutually supportive and open-minded interdisciplinary environment. A careful choice of complementary studies provides a broad base for participation in contemporary musical and cultural life.

Musicology provides the requisite training for work in professions such as journalist, critic, teacher and researcher. Musicology graduates typically find employment in the following fields: communication and media (e.g. radio, TV, the printed press), arts and cultural administration (e.g., orchestras, music festivals and institutions), archives and libraries, publishing and the recording industry, music technology and organisations promoting national and international cultural collaboration.

Options available for foreign students wishing to study music at Turku include appointments as visiting scholar (erillisopiskeija), exchange student (for example, within an Erasmus exchange programme), and postgraduate or PhD student. Although undergraduate teaching is offered mainly in Finnish, we do offer a certain amount of English-language teaching every year, which is available also to international and exchange students.

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