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Interdisciplinary basic subject

Musicology is an interdisciplinary basic subject for all courses of study at the Cologne University of Music and Dance. It comprises the areas of Historical Musicology, Systematic Musicology, and History and Theory of Popular Music. As a separate course of study, Musicology can be studied in the Master of Arts and Doctoral programs. The Cologne University of Music and Dance is home to a musicological institute: the Institute for Historical Musicology (IHM).

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GfM Annual Conference 2024

The Society for Music Research invites you to Cologne! Together with the University of Cologne, the Cologne University of Music and Dance is organizing the GfM Annual Conference 2024 from 11 - 14 September on the topic of COLLABORATIONS ∞ Against Methodological Compulsion. The topics of the two main symposia are also interdisciplinary and cross-methodological: the HfMT will be looking for "Musical Perspectives in Artistic Research": Acoustic Research. In contrast, the University of Cologne will focus on "Transdisciplinary approaches between historical and systematic methods" - on musical experience. In addition, there will be free papers and panels from the broad spectrum of current music research.

Historical musicology deals with the history of music as a whole. Traditionally, the focus is on European musical cultures from antiquity to the present. While the subject was initially primarily philological and biographical in orientation, its range of methods has recently expanded considerably, among other things through cultural studies issues. New perspectives, for example from gender studies, the history of mentalities, intercultural studies, postcolonial studies and media studies, contribute to a comprehensive historical understanding and question the historical consciousness of the present. At the same time, historical musicology is based on basic musical subjects such as harmony, formal theory and composition, as well as notation, source studies, performance practice and other historical auxiliary sciences.

Systematic musicology is an interdisciplinary field of research that combines psychological, sociological, biological, physical, aesthetic and communication science questions and forms of work. Music is regarded as a specifically human form of expression and experience, which is linked to conditions from all these areas. As an experiential discipline, systematic musicology works with empirical methods (experimentation, questioning, observation) and conducts research and theory-building directed at general and regular processes. It is practice-oriented: the aim is to understand some central conditions of musical behavior and to provide a conceptual framework with which recurring questions and problems of music-related action can be meaningfully structured and one's own positions on them can be supported with arguments.

The history and theory of popular music aims at understanding popular music: its techniques and technologies, its virtuosity, aesthetic differentiation, and its mode of action in the context of its social use. The starting point for a theoretical examination is usually the description and analysis of concrete phenomena. Such an investigation does not remain reduced to the level of the musical material. Rather, it is expanded by media-specific viewpoints such as audiovisuality, staging, and performance, but also by various (meta-)discourses on popular music in pop feuilleton and literature, and undergoes further contextualization by means of the approaches to cultural analysis developed in English and American cultural studies.

Portrait Prof. Dr. Arnold Jacobshagen
Prof. Dr. Arnold Jacobshagen
Telephone +49 / (0)221 / 28380 - 362
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
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50668 Köln