Other Academic degrees
The musicological studies are divided into two degree programmes, the first one lasting three years and the other, the specializing one, lasting two years.
The three-year course is the basic course ad helps students to acquire method and competence necessary to face the world of the musicological research and to continue with majoring courses, or enter in the world of work in sectors such as publishing, music organisations or analogous sectors. Great is the attention paid to the technical aspects: compared with other courses of Musicology in Italy, indeed, in Cremona the students not only examine literature on music, but also study harmony, music analysis and learn a series of useful notions to read and analyse the scores independently.
The study of music is faced from multiple points of view: from the historical-philological one to the philosophical, sociological, aesthetic and anthropological one, with an extremely wide range of studies and under the supervision of 15 specialised teachers, a considerable number compared with other analogous Italian and foreign realities. At the end of the three-year period, the students are ready to face the follows up provided for the following two-year course, or, above all in case of musicians, own knowledge wide enough to complete the music practice, that results substantial and enriched.
Along with the technical training, the Humanistic Culture: indeed, the range of courses is completed by courses of Italian literature, foreign languages, classical studies and only apparently niche courses such as ancient drama or archaeology of manuscript, that accustom the students to lead investigations with method and deep actions in very rich cultural areas.
The master’s degree programme is a follow up focused on training the researcher that ends with a real original research activity, often with significant scientific results despite the young age of the students. A lot of courses are seminars, this allow the students to work in very close contact with teachers and get to the heart of the research experience and return the results already achieved in the course of study. Often the students support bands proposing them original scores transcribed by them in order that they can be performed. Music recovered from the Department, for instance, has been performed in a prestigious circuit of rediscovery of ancient music comprising the festival of Innsbruck, Vienna and Prague. Others cooperate with theatres and educational institutions, by organizing actions to bring the public closer to the music proposals envisaged in the playbill, as has already occurred for years with the theatre Ponchielli, within the Festival Monteverdi: indeed, the students, supported by professionals of the theatre, elaborate the theatre schedules, present concerts, realise interviews to artists and organize meetings with the public; this pushes them to cultivate, along with the technical competence, the skill of effective communication.
Music and cultural practice in Europe – International Master in English
It aims at the follow up of the European musical culture, from an interdisciplinary perspective targeted to achieve the necessary competence to face the musicological research at the highest level, as taking part completely aware in the wide area of discussion that today covers the wide area of the musical studies, that by now include philology and music theory, aspects related to the performance, social contexts, relationship with the media, popular music. This is a two-year programme divided into three areas: History, theory and text; Music and scene; Music in the society and media. In addition there is a workshop on music archives and libraries, and the proposal of traineeships and cooperation with concert institutions, publishing houses and research centres, to start a path of professionalization.