21.08.2007

About the MMT programme

Music plays an important role in every society and culture. It is an important part of all aspects of life, including various social, religious, recreational and cultural occasions. Many people spend a considerable amount of time daily listening to music or playing a musical instrument. Music can affect and regulate our mood and emotions, and can be used as a therapeutic medium. It has also been found to be important for children's development.

The ways in which music is perceived and produced and how it affects us can be investigated with scientific methods. Music cognition is an interdisciplinary field that studies the relationship between music, human mind and culture. It applies the latest technologies and research methodologies to investigate a large variety of musical questions related to topics such as music perception, learning, performance and appreciation. This research often utilizes tools and methods of music technology, such as various digital instruments and software for the editing and manipulation of music and sound. On the other hand, in various applications of music technology, knowledge about how humans perceive, produce and appreciate music is valuable. For instance, this knowledge can be applied in audio design, artistic performances and music education.

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Why study on the MMT programme?

Depending on your background, you can have several reasons for studying on the MMT programme. If you are a musician, music educator or musicologist, you may wish to expand your expertise and improve your professional skills by getting acquainted with contemporary research issues that are directly related to your work. These could include, for instance, scientific studies on music performance and practise as well as technological applications that you can utilize in your work. Or, if you are a psychologist with an interest in music, you might want to deepen your knowledge about the musical mind. If you have a background in computer science or related discipline, you could explore new areas by applying your skills in computer modelling or development of interactive music systems.

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Employment prospects
The graduates of the programme will have expertise to work in a wide range of activities and positions covering areas such as music technology, education, industry and research. The degree entitles enrollment in doctoral programmes.

The MMT programme aims
- to acquaint you with the main areas of contemporary research on music perception and cognition
- to familiarize you with methods and equipment used in various music technological applications
- to provide you with skills needed for designing, executing and reporting empirical investigations
- to supply you with the knowledge and skills needed for PhD studies

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How long does the programme take?

The programme consists of 120 ECTS credits and it requires two academic years of full-time study. Click here to get information about the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).


What does it cost?

Higher education in Finland is financed by the state and there is no tuition fee paid to the institutions of higher education. However, the membership fee for the Student Union is compulsory for all students aiming at a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. The membership fee (€ 87,30 per annum) entitles students, for example, to discounts at on-campus restaurants and for many transportation services, access to the Student Health Centres, and library usage, among others.

In addition to this, students must be able to pay for their food, lodgings, clothes, study material, social life, etc. The average living expenses of a single student living in student housing amounted to € 505 per month in the academic year 2003-2004.

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Who teaches the programme?

The programme comprises the following:

PhD Petri Toiviainen is Professor of Music at the Department of Music of the University of Jyväskylä. His research concentrates on computational modelling of music perception and cognition. His publications range over topics such as perception of rhythm, tonality and timbre, improvisation, cross-cultural music cognition, interactive music systems, computational music analysis, and musical data mining. He is author of several journal articles and book chapters as well as a member of the editorial board Music Perception, Journal of New Music Research, and Musicae scientiae. He is also co-creator of the MIDI-toolbox software (2004) and the Digital Archive of Finnish Folk Tunes collection (2004). Prof. Toiviainen is currently resident at the Music Department of Stanford University, California, USA.  He will return to Jyväskylä fall 2008.

PhD Tuomas Eerola is Professor of Music at the Department of Music of the University of Jyväskylä. His research covers diversely the field of music cognition, e.g. melodic expectations, categorization and similarity, and cross-cultural issues of music perception. He is author and editor of several publications and books.

PhD Geoff Luck is Senior Assistant at the Department of Music of the University of Jyväskylä. His research interests include computational analysis of music-related movement, such as conductors' gestures, synchronization processes, and musicians' movements, as well as exploring the relationship between music therapy improvisation and level of cognitive functioning. He is author of a number of papers on these topics.

PhD Suvi Saarikallio is Senior Assistant at the Department of Music of the University of Jyväskylä. Her research is related to music and emotion, psychosocial development, self-regulation and well-being. She is author of a number of publications in these areas.

PhD Olivier Lartillot is post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Music of the University of Jyväskylä. His research covers the fields of computational musicology and music information retrieval. He is author of several publications.


Examples of music cognition research pursued by the programme team members can be found on Music Cognition Team pages.

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What facilities are available to the students?

Several seminar rooms are available for on-campus study and meetings. The Department of Music is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including a computer classroom, a recording studio and a research laboratory including, among other things, an optical motion capture system, an EEG recording system and a Disklavier C7. Virtual learning environments will be utilised for distributing course materials and managing various aspects related to thesis preparation and supervision.

You will have full access to departmental and university computing facilities for word, sound and music processing, statistical analysis, and access to the Internet. For further information please visit the University Computing Centre.

Library services available to students include on-line access to a wide variety of databases, and inter-library loans to supplement the existing stock of books and journals. You can use your student card for borrowing books from the University Library as well as from the department libraries on the Main Campus and other campuses. The music library takes place at the building of the Music Department. For further information please visit the Jyväskylä University Library.

The University Language Centre offers a wide variety of courses as well as an opportunity to study languages independently by using the self-study materials and equipment of the learning centre. For more information visit the University Language Centre.

The ground floor of the Department of Music hosts a well-equipped cafeteria with lunch service.