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Department of Music
The Music Department of the University of Jyväskylä was established in 1968. The current Head of the Department is Professor Matti Vainio and the Deputy Head is Professor Jaakko Erkkilä. The staff includes 30 full-time employees and approx. 20 part-time lecturers. The number of students is approx. 350.
Musica refers to the premises of the department. The Musica building, designed by architect Arto Sipinen, was completed in 1976. The map shows the location of the building.
The subjects taught include musicology (since 1968), music education (since 1982) and music therapy (started as in-service training in 1984). At present the main activities of the department include teaching and carrying out research in these subjects. Both basic and advanced levels are available in each subject.
Musicology focuses on the traditions of classical, traditional and popular music and develops studentsí proficiency in scientific research. Music students can expect to be employed in e.g. teaching and research tasks, administration, as well as cultural PR and organizational tasks.
Music education trains teachers for e.g. comprehensive and secondary schools and provides future music teachers with the musical and pedagogic skills needed. In music education research students can specialize in e.g. music technology or multicultural music education. Application forms can be ordered from the Music Department.
Music therapy is a form of care that exploits the potential of music. In Finland there are several opportunities for vocational music therapy education. Having passed a vocational examination students may apply for the Masterís degree program at the University of Jyväskylä, which accepts new students every two years.