MASTER Music and Musicology

This specialization comprises two programmes with a common base during the first two years of training: seminars in humanities, which include reflections on music and strive to address the disciplinary fields where music plays a role, providing cross-disciplinarity and diachrony. The musicology research programme is intended for students who wish to pursue a doctorate in music sciences. The preparation for teaching professions programme, which applies a system that complies with the CAPES (secondary school teaching certification) selection exam reform, is combined with practical and observance traineeships and with responsibility-taking traineeships. The musical and musicological approach is resolutely generalist for both programmes.
  • Objectives

Scientific objectives: to interpret written and acoustic musical documents, implement musical databases, to learn to design, define and debate a musical subject issue, to be able to integrate a musical phenomenon into the filed of humanities, to become proficient in the musicology field and in relevant IT tools, to compare the different scientific research methodologies.

Objectives related to musical practice: training in listening commentary, proficiency in different styles of writing, musical score analysis and auditory analysis, proficiency in the singing voice, in accompanying and in conducting a choir, musical computing and knowledge of computer-assisted composition, reflection on musical didactics.

Career areas
1) for the research programme
Professions in the fields of research, cultural events, communication and documentation: research engineer, information scientist in a media library, in a musical score or recording publishing house, musical critic, artistic advisor for organizing concerts, festivals and exhibitions. Students who wish to pursue doctorate studies may also enter careers in further education or become a researcher or director of research.

2) for the preparation for teaching professions programme
Primary school teacher, secondary school teacher, teacher in privately-run secondary establishments that are approved by the State.

At the end of the first year of the research programme, students must write a scientific-related text that complies with international editorial standards; the dissertation that they must develop during the second year must illustrate an unprecedented research issue and must contain reasoning and propose a historiographical review. By participating in the activities of the research teams who are involved in the master specialization and by following the cycle of conferences that is organized every year (and which is compulsory) and that includes contributions from French and foreign colleagues, students will learn in detail what researcher activities consist of.

The preparation for teaching professions programme provides the musicological aspect with a musical technique aspect and vocational training classes. During the second year, emphasis is given to music didactics and to practice for a test on the application file (Épreuve sur dossier). The dissertation comprises the professional experience acquired during the various traineeships. At the end of the course, students will be able to use their skills to develop lesson plans and to teach musical practice activities.

  • Contents or models of training

1) Research programme

- Methodology and epistemology 

- Written expression methodology
- Etching technique
- History of ideas and aesthetics  

- History of music: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, classical, romantic periods and contemporary periods.

- History of opera and musical dramatic art

- Introduction to music of the non-written tradition (ethnomusicology, jazz)

- Theories of analysis

- Organology and musical iconography

- History of musical publishing

2) Preparation for teaching professions programme

The common base with the research programme comprises the history of ideas, the history of opera, ethnomusicology and jazz, iconography and ancient music. Other subjects include:

- Epistemology and the history of the concepts of the musical discipline
- 20th century approach and current-day cultures

- Didactics and artistic education

- Writing: tonal composition and melody harmonization

- Auditory analysis and comparative commentary

- Didactics of listening

- Didactics of artistic creation

- Managing groups
- Spoken and singing vocal technique

- Piano accompaniment: instrument technique and keyboard harmony

- Arrangement technique and didactics

- Traineeships and educative relationships in a school environment, training for teaching careers

3) for both programmes

Traineeships must provide students with significant experience that corresponds to their career development project. These traineeships may be carried out in research structures, libraries, musical institutions (theatres, concert societies, festivals) or in a publishing house. Traineeships that include pedagogical responsibility prepare students directly for the teaching profession.

At the end of the course, graduates will have general knowledge of the history of music, will be able to identify the writing mechanisms of the major historic styles, will be able to integrate a musical phenomenon into European and non-European civilizations, will be able to relate music to other forms of artistic expression.

  • Admission requirements

This master specialization is open to students who have finished a university curriculum of three years of musicology (Degree), to foreign students who hold musical diplomas and who have followed higher generalist studies, students who hold diplomas from regional conservatories or from classes referred to as erudition classes of Higher National Conservatories of Music.

Students may access the second year directly if they have validated a M1 or an equivalent in a foreign university, or through selection based on their application and an interview.

Students may change from one programme to the other at the end of the first year, provided that:

1) if they wish to access M2 in the preparation for teaching professions programme, they follow refresher classes in the technical disciplines involved and that they take part in workshops to become familiar with teaching functions

2) if they wish to access M2 in the research programme, they follow all the methodology seminars given in M1

“Performing Arts” seminars may be validated.