A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is a free online course available for anyone to enroll. The Orpheus Institute launches its first MOOC in January 2019.

Artistic Research in Music - an Introduction

a MOOC by the Orpheus Institute

MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale. The first MOOC on Artistic Research in Music will offer an introduction to the most relevant research tools, techniques and methodologies as well as the key concepts of artistic research in music. The course will be available on edX, which is the leading platform for online learning and education.

Starts on 28 January 2019 on edX

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About the course

Artistic research is one of the most vibrant areas of creative thought in music – in the academic and professional worlds, but also among artists of all kinds who want to develop their practice by working and thinking coherently through its implications, questions, context and potential. Artistic research (along with its various cognate versions) puts musicians themselves – their practices, their knowledge, experience and imagination – at the centre of the production of new understanding, knowledge, vision and discourses for music. In the current moment of great musical richness and diversity, this is more important than ever. Future or historical, acoustic or technological, performer, composer or producer – if you want to participate in this exciting and expanding field (or just want to know what’s going on) this course is for you.

The course is curated by the Orpheus Institute, Ghent – a world-leading centre for artistic research in music. Their artist-researchers are joined by experts from international institutions across the globe, who share their experience and understanding. The course is intended to be accessible to musicians with an expert artistic practice and some engagement with its theory, history and context – as well as an inquiring mind. Masters or advanced Bachelors students will find this relevant, as well as researchers beginning their PhD, teachers at conservatories or universities, and independent artists wanting to engage with this exciting field.

In following the course and completing the assessments, you will:

  • Learn about the key concepts of artistic research in music.
  • Refine potential research questions and lines of development in your own practice.
  • Learn about some of the most relevant research tools, techniques and methodologies, and consider how these might relate to your work.
  • Learn how not to be afraid of theory! Instead, you will understand how it can be a vital tool in developing a coherent understanding of the context and potential of your artistic practice.
  • Learn how to develop a coherent reflective approach to expanding your practice.
  • Understand the range and potential of different modes of presenting your work and thought.

By the end of this course, through completing the assignments of this course you will effectively have produced a complete research proposal.

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About edX

edX is the premier open source, nonprofit online learning destination and massive open online course (MOOC) provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions. Founded by Harvard University and MIT in May 2012, edX’s mission is to democratize and re-imagine education by increasing access to high-quality education and creating a culture of continuous, lifelong learning.

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Many thanks to KU Leuven, who made it possible for us to make this MOOC on their edX channel.

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