Music plays an important role in every society and culture. It is an important part of all aspects of life, including various social, religious, recreational and cultural occasions. Many people spend a considerable amount of time daily listening to music or playing a musical instrument. Music can affect and regulate our mood and emotions, and can be used as a therapeutic medium. It has also been found to be important for the development of children.
The way how music is perceived and produced and how it affects us can be investigated with scientific methods. Music cognition is an interdisciplinary field that studies the relationship between music, human mind and culture. It applies latest technologies and research methodologies to investigate a large variety of musical questions related to topics such as music perception, learning, performance and appreciation. This research often utilizes tools and methods of music technology, such as various digital instruments and software for the editing and manipulation of music and sound. On the other hand, in various applications of music technology, knowledge about how humans perceive, produce and appreciate music is valuable. For instance, this knowledge can be applied in audio design, artistic performances and music education.
International Student Requirements:
Since the language of the programme is English, the selected candidates must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) is required of applicants whose mother tongue is other than English. Also the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is acceptable. The score should be 6.5 or above.