Courses offered in English at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies

Courses offered in English at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies at the JYU

Most of the music courses are aimed for students who have music as their major or minor subject.

Preliminary programme for acadeimic year 2018 - 2019

MUSA1111 Cognitive Research and Neuroscience of Music I (autumn 2018)
MMTS043 Music, Culture and Cognition (autumn 2018)

MUSA1851 Contemporary Issues in Musicology Research (spring 2019)
MUSS855 The X-Factor in Music (spring 2019)
MUTS1101 Art and Wellbeing (spring 2019)

Programme for academic year 2017 - 2018

MMTS043 Music, Culture and Cognition (5 ECTS credits)
Learning outcomes:
After completing the course the student is able to:
• Identify and define the main sub-areas of ethnomusicology.
• Proficiency on a variety of musical instruments performed by indigenous groups of Finland
Study methods: Lectures, seminars, demos, small group projects, playing and singing.
• Active participation in lectures, demos etc.
• Small group fieldwork/soundscape projects.
• Presentations in small groups.
• Mid-term exam.
• Final exam.
• How music lives; definition attempts of culture.
• Twelve Continuum Transmission Framework.
• Reconstructed authenticity - reflections on the image of musical roots.
• Music and nationalism; music and censorship.
Additional information: This module is mainly aimed to students of music psychology training, but is also open for students of musicology and music education, interested in ethnomusicology and topics related to it.
Time: autumn term 2017

MTEM020 Music Therapy in Medicine and as Rehabilitation I (5 ECTS credits)
Learning outcomes: After completing the course the student is able to:
• Understand possibilities of music therapy within medical contexts and as a form of rehabilitation with different target groups
• Describe central concepts on music induced brain activity and pathological brain functioning as related to musical experiences and performance
• Understand benefits of musical activities and sound vibration as part of treatment and rehabilitation
Study methods: Introductions; lectures; literature; demonstrations; workshop
Time: autumn term 2017

MUSS1112  Music Information Retrieval (5 ECTS credits)
Learning outcomes:
Students acquire knowledge regarding the core issues of the discipline, and retain a general guide map for future studies. Basic programming skills using MATLAB environment.
Contents: The course provides an overview of main areas and methodologies in information retrieval that are relevant to music research, including machine learning, signal processing, neuroimaging and semantic computing.
Prerequisite: While past experiences with MATLAB or other kinds of programming are considered an asset, this course assumes no prior computer programming experience.
Study methods: Lectures, Demonstration Workshops, Group work, Survey presentation (individual work), Research project (group work), Project report. More detailed information will be given in syllabus.
Time: autumn term 2017

MUSS1113  Music and Multimedia Programming (5 ECTS credits)
Learning outcomes:
Students will acquire technical and aesthetic knowledge regarding the process of developing a multimedia environment for artistic and/or research purposes. At the end of the course, students are capable of authoring a independent project using the Max software. Student will learn how expressive controllers can be used with Max to create sound.
Contents: This course focuses on programming within the Max 7 programming environment. Students explore and master the different functions and will learn how to write patches using MIDI, audio and video Max objects. Depending on the student’s goals for the course, the projects result in either an artistic venture (i.e. an interactive compositional multimedia system), or a software used for Musicology Research (i.e. an interface for collecting participant data within a music perception research study).
Study methods: Lectures, demonstrations, Peer-review, self-reflection, weekly assignments, independent projects. More detailed information will be given in syllabus.
Time: autumn term 2017

MUTS1101  Arts and Well-being (5 ECTS credits)
Learning outcomes: A student is able to develop and implement research in arts-based well-being work. A sudent knows historical perspective of the field and is able to use methods of contemporary research.
Contents: Approaches of using arts in the field of well-being work and researching the well-being aspects in the arts. Research-orientation: how to research the impacts of arts and practices applying arts in well-being context.
Study methods: Seminar, lectures, group work, essay.
Time: autumn term 2017

TAHS313 Current Research, 5 ECTS, St. Petersburg and Its Artistic Links to the West in the 18th and 19th Centuries (5 ECTS credits)
Content: The aim of the course is to give an overview of St. Petersburg and Its Artistic Links to the West in the 18th and 19th Centurie. 
Lectures (details in Korppi):
Mon 30.10. Heikki Hanka, PhD, Professor of Art History JU:  Introduction. Saint-Petersburg and the West ‒ Finland inbetween
Mon 6.11. Ekaterina Skvortcova, PhD, Senior Lecturer,  Department of History of Russian Art, Institute of History, Saint-Petersburg State University: “Panorama of Palermo” and “Seven Wonders of the World” ‒ the Destiny of K.F. Schinkel’s Masterpieces in Saint-Petersburg
Tue 7.11.Ekaterina Skvortcova, PhD, Senior Lecturer: John August Atkinson and James Walker as an Example of English-Russian Artistic Links at the Turn of the 18th-19th Centuries
Mon 13.11. Annika Waenerberg, PhD, Professor of Art History JU: Leo Tolstoy, tolstoyanism and European art and literature
Mon 20.11. (to be informed later later)
Mon 4.12. Heikki Hanka, PhD Professor: Conclusions.
Completion mode: Learning diary on the lectures (5 pages) and a critical essay (10 pages) on one of the books below. Both can be written in English or Finnish, font size 12, spacing 1,5. The assignment (in one document) is sent by 31.1.2018 to annika.waenerberg@jyu.fi
Literature: Blakesley. Craw-Crafts.
Minna Turtiainen & Tuija Wahlroos (toim.), Maaemon lapset. Tolstoilaisuus historiallisena ilmiönä Suomessa. Helsinki: SKS. 
... (to be informed later)
Time: autumn term 2017

TAIA1103 Art and Teaching (5 ECTS credits)
Learning outcomes: After completing the course the student is able to:
• recognizes different approaches to teaching art,
• sees art education as part of the tradition and practices of arts,
• understands how to connect historical and cultural aspects of art education to research on the area and
• is able to plan and evaluate activities within the targets set for art education and also wider perspective.
Study methods: contact teaching or independent studying (essay or examination).
Content: Traditions and contemporary objections of art education and teaching of arts worldwide and in Finland. The role of art education and teaching of arts as part of wider educational settings.
The language of instruction is informed in the study programme yearly.
Time: autumn term 2017

TAHS112 Theory for Master's Thesis (5 ECTS credits)
Learning outcomes: After completing the course the student is able to:
• understand the aspects and meaning of the theory in a thesis,
• select literature for a thesis and
• reflect the selections within the research area of the student.
Study methods: Contact teaching (only in Finnish) and independent studying (essay or examination).
Contents: The course supports planning and research process of a master’s thesis. The course deals with the insights to the applicable theoretical literature, meaning of theory, theoretical knowledge and quality in research within the research area of the student.
Prerequisite: The area of the Master’s thesis decided before the course.
The course is aimed for art history and art education students but also other students majoring in the areas of culture and cultural environment, or students completing a thesis on basis of visual material.
Time: spring term 2018

MUSA1851 Contemporary Issues in Musicology Research (3 -5 ECTS credits)
Teacher: Professors and researchers of the Department of Music
Contents: The aim of the course is to give an overview of some current issues in research on Musicology at the Department of Music. Topics of the lecture series year 2014: Music as mood regulation, Studying brain responses to real music, Embodied Music Cognition Research, Motion-capture/(music-related-movement research), Connectivity in the musical brain.
Study methods: Lectures, learning log.
The course is offered for all students interested in the topic.
Time: spring term 2018

MUSS855 The X-Factor in Music (5 ECTS credits)
Contents: The course will cover a range of “X” Factor principles, including those relating to Expectation, Timing, Emotion, eMotion, Familiarity, Structure, and Lyrics. Audio and video examples will be used to illustrate the principles described.
Study methods: Lecture and group work. Participants will be encouraged to informally suggest audio and video examples of their own that they feel illustrate the principles described, and group discussion will be strongly encouraged.
Time: spring term 2018


Unisounds choir (no credits)
Unisounds is an international choir, where people gather to sing, to share culture and to spend nice time together. Our repertoire consists of songs that choir members bring from their cultures and we also sing some traditional Finnish songs. Unisounds welcomes warmly everyone who is interested in singing and likes to make music together, especially those who have always wanted to learn to sing but never dared to try. We also like to perform in elderly homes and small international events. Come and meet new friends, learn new languages, new songs, singing, teach your own song, dance, warm-up, or just come and enjoy the friendly atmosphere!
More info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/unisounds/

Further information:
International Coordinator Anne-Riitta Vanhala
Tel.  + 358 40 805 3383  
Room: Opinkivi 114
E-mail: anne-riitta.vanhala(a)jyu.fi