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Artist­ic Research in Music

  • Course type: Part of the research training component.
  • Course level: PhD.
  • Year of study: Years 1, 2 and 3.
  • Final assessment: Assessment by the course coordinator.
  • Prerequisites: Qualified for admission to the PhD programme in Artistic Research.
  • Language of instruction: English.

Course description

Course co-ordinator: Programme committee for the PhD in Artistic Research.

The course comprises an introduction to artistic research in music and to theories, methodologies and practices used in such research. The candidate shall present both the performance/composition element of their project as well as its context, theory and methodology. This course is specifically designed for artistic research in composition and music performance.

Learning objectives

Upon completing the course, the candidate is expected to

  • be familiar with relevant terminology and concepts used in artistic research in music (e.g. standard citation styles, what is a “call for papers”, how to write an abstract etc.)
  • be familiar with specific theories and methodologies used in artistic research in music and be able to reflect on and discuss their own project and those of others from different theoretical and methodological perspectives
  • possess knowledge of relevant theories and practices typically used in artistic experimentation in music and be able to implement these in their own project
  • be able to serve as a critical reader and opponent to fellow candidates and be capable of receiving constructive criticism of their own project
  • be able to disseminate the project to the wider world, e.g. master students


The course comprises

  • seminars, lectures, discussions, workshops, group work
  • project presentations
  • in-house symposiums
  • midterm evaluation


The course includes two all-day seminars lasting 2–3 days. The seminars include lectures, workshops, group work and project presentations. Once every semester the candidate will attend and give project presentations on given topics at in-house symposiums. The format and theme for the project presentations will vary from semester to semester depending on the activities being covered on the course.

Course requirements

  • Two all-day seminars lasting 2–3 days. The candidate shall present their project, respond to the opposition and act as an opponent. Active participation in both seminars.
  • Active participation in the symposiums.

Final assessment

All course requirements must be met in order for the candidate to be given a final assessment.

The candidate will be judged on the basis of the learning objectives for the course. The final assessment is either a pass or a fail and is given by the programme committee for the PhD in Artistic Research subject to the approved course requirements.

Published: May 19, 2020 — Last updated: Feb 10, 2021