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Popular Music, Sound and Media Cultures

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The MA specialization Popular Music, Sound and Media Cultures examines music and audio cultures within global and local contexts. Unique in its kind, it combines attention for creative practice and music analysis with a wide array of methodological and theoretical approaches at a World Top 100 university. Students are guided by an internationally recognised faculty of scholars, who will offer insight into the music industry, and the field of music criticism, from a variety of perspectives. In the various courses and internships, students will develop highly relevant and transferable skills that prepare them for a professional future in the popular music world.

This programme focuses on cutting edge developments in popular music including the impact of new media upon modes of creativity, distribution, and reception. Through applying a range of theoretical approaches, the programme will offer students an in-depth understanding of how such processes affect musicians and the music industries in light of rapidly changing economic, political, and technological structures.

Students critically examine the organization, experience, and creative potential of music makers, audiences, and media cultures today. Concrete topics may include: popular music and protest, music journalism, contemporary careers in the music industry, gender identities, critical race studies, ecocriticism, song and music genres, musical theatre, innovative classical concerts, and urban soundscapes. Engaging with these themes, students deepen their understanding of how musical actors respond to new challenges introduced by perpetually transforming economic, political and professional worlds.

Our program offers a unique combination of research-driven seminars and extensive networks for the internship. Therefore, this MA is attractive to students who want to expand their knowledge of music and apply that within the music sector.

Please note: Popular Music, Sound and Media Cultures is a specialization within the Master's track Music, Theatre and Performance Studies. You apply for the Master track Music, Theatre and Performance Studies (Degree in Arts and Culture).

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