An example of a weekly timetable during the first term
|8-9|| || ||Singing and voice theory|| ||Music history|
|9-10|| || |
Introductory course (classical movement technique)
|ITP (without teacher)|
|10-11|| || || |
|11-12|| || || || |
|12-13|| || || |
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|13-14|| || || || |
|14-15||Music history|| ||Conducting techniques and choir work|| |
|15-16|| || |
|16-17|| || || || |
|17-18|| || || || || |
Forms of teaching
As a student at the Department of Musicology, you find no two days are alike. The degree programme is varied because lessons alternate between theory and practice.
Part of the teaching in music studies is in the form of lectures for students of all year groups – a total of 50 students. In addition, each year is divided into two groups for conducting choir and even smaller ITP (integrated theoretical–practical subjects) teams of 6–7 students for lessons in musical arrangements and learning about instruments. You also work in groups in some of the introductory subjects during your first year and in connection with your preparation for lectures.
The Department of Musicology is based at the Kaserne – the former barracks in Langelandsgade – along with the other departments at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies: Dramaturgy, Art History, Aesthetics and Culture, and Comparative Literature.
The barracks are a hive of activity, and you can always hear sounds coming from rehearsal rooms and stages – even evenings and weekends.
Here are a few examples of what you can experience:
- Matinees: The matinees are an opportunity to practise your Chopin or Incy Wincy Spider before your exam, in front of an audience of fellow students.
- Break-up weeks: For two weeks every year, the teaching programme is interrupted by projects involving students from all year groups. These are the Cæcilia week in November and the debate week in March, both of which are very entertaining. You will sing along with popular Danish stars such as Steffan Brandt (autumn 2005), form bands, and take part in workshops and many other activities with students from other year groups – something you normally only see happen in the corridors or at parties.
- The University of Aarhus Big Band: Sound of Swing
- Music students choir (conductor: Erling Kullberg)
- The Student Committee: This is the forum where students can implement ideas at the barracks. It consists of representatives from all the departments at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies.
- Visir: Paper for all students at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, with study-related articles and information about current activities at the barracks.
- The Department of Musicology’s annual Song Contest.
- FIMS: FIMS is the Department of Musicology’s social committee, which organises several celebrations every term. FIMS is also responsible for organising the department’s impressive gala Christmas lunch, which is followed by dancing to the music of Sound of Swing. On this occasion, several guest stars in the form of teachers and students join the band.
- A Friday bar for students at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies features live music every Friday in the foyer of the KaserneSceneN (the barracks theatre).
- Fæstetik: The Social Committee organises events for students of all subjects at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, including a spring party with a special theme, a Shrovetide celebration and a huge party in the Stakladen building for 350 guests.