Preamble - Overview
“As part of an ever changing and evolving world in music, our ethos is guided by the concept of an education that is strongly rooted in being openly communicative and interdisciplinary in its approach. Artistic practice, theory and research are interacted with as a whole, and are preceded by the basic openness and interest in any new developments.”
The JMLU is currently focusing on two major fields of research, which are also reflected in the two faculties of Music and Pedagogy:
Artistic Research (AR) is a relatively young research discipline, and as a fundamental artistic research it contributes significantly to the advancement and appreciation of the arts. AR is situated at the interface between science and the arts and is based on a dynamic relationship between scientific and artistic roles and positions, as well as theories and methods. A significant characteristic of AR is the further expansion of traditional epistemological perspectives by way of new forms of arts- and practice-based knowledge and experience, which are explored in various research projects at JMLU.
Music education research, on the other hand, has been part of a long prevalent tradition. Already in ancient Greece the ethical effects of music were being discussed, from which guidelines and instructions in education were formed. JMLU does not confine itself to research topics in instrumental pedagogy, but also faces new educational challenges. A sense of creativity is also something that is seen as very important in educational practice, so that in this respect artistic aspects can be readily recognised.
Cross-Faculty and Interdisciplinary Master Studies
The two research areas of art and pedagogy are not mutually exclusive, but rather from the outset they are different ways of approaching a topic or project throughout the course of one’s own studies, and ultimately lead to a focus on research questions and/or research methods. Therefore, in the introduction to scientific work, emphasis is placed on presenting the fundamentals of both fields of science regardless of their affiliations with either faculty. Thus, in the students’ works both approaches can be found, which correlates with JMLU’s strive towards maintaining a prominent role in innovative forms also in the field of research. On an organisational level JMLU has taken this goal into account by establishing an interdisciplinary study and research commission as well as a scientific unit. The interplay between creativity and educational practice on the one hand and reflection on the other is positioned here at the center of the organization. Research at JMLU is further supported by the resources of music production provided by the faculty of Media Music. These consequently bring musical production and scientific research to the forefront when dealing with the interrelationships between music and communication, current media trends, and society in general.