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Popular Music, Sound and Media Cultures

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Popular music shapes our personal identities and urban experiences. We use it to forge collective bonds or to champion political movements. Popular music also reinvents itself constantly, reacting to developments in new media and sound cultures.

The MA specializing in Popular Music, Sound and Media Cultures explores these topics and more within a one year program. During this year, you can acquire an MA degree from one of the world’s Top 100 universities in a vibrant city with a thriving music scene that also hosts Eurosonic, one of Europe’s most important popular music events. Our internationally oriented program prepares students for an active role in the music industry, cultural policy institutions, or within the field of music scholarship or criticism. An internship with a music institution enables you to put your scholarly insights into practice.

Students undertake in-depth study of the organization, experience, and creative potential of music makers, audiences, and audio cultures today. Concrete topics may include: popular music and protest, populism, gender identities, critical race studies, ecocriticism, innovative classical concerts, experimental vocal performances, music theatre, and urban soundscapes.

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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Last modified:25 January 2021 2.00 p.m.