Creative Music Communication

The programme is based on the various needs of the artistic and cultural scene and of the community as a whole. It is conceived as an avenue for versatile, creative musicians who wish to use their musical abilities to give to others, help others to develop their musical talents, and participate in wide-ranging musical creation and performance. The department offers a three-year programme of study leading to a bachelor’s degree (BA).

The programme is based on training in instrumental and/or vocal performance of both rhythmic music and classical and contemporary music. The course of study is structured so as to be useful to those with a wide range of abilities, interests, and experience and to train them in any type of communication and creation. Some students in the programme have also studied composition and orchestral or choral conducting. Ensemble playing and singing, musical creation in a group, and creative music workshops based on cooperation with schools and other institutions play a large role in the programme.

Emphasis is placed on sound general musical knowledge, with the aim of equipping students as well as possible to participate various kinds of musical activity and communication in a constantly changing society that makes increasingly diverse demands on artists to help various groups to think creatively – a society that calls on a new generation of strong musicians who, to an ever-increasing degree, will work equally as performers, creators, teachers, and communicators of various types.

 

Programme: Creative Music Communication
Degree: BA
Units: 180 ECTS
Study Length: 6 terms - 3 years
"For me, stuying at the Iceland University of the Arts was a key. Not a key that opens only one door, but a key that opened my eyes to the unprecedented possibilities that surround my environment as a musician. I learned how to work in situations where the final goal or outcome was not obvious at all, got to know people with different views on life and the arts, and managed to master my own conviction as an artist. We do not graduate with a key to one single work but the knowledge that we create our own opportunities and the tool-kit ready at hand.

Since I graduated I have been working on music from various sides; as a singer, performer, composer, I've designed and directed my own music workshops, taught at music schools, made my own radio programs for children, guided people around our music hall Harpa ... but also prepared dinner for hungry tourists. Beacause life and art lead you to all kinds of destinations."

Ingibjörg Fríða Helgadóttir

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A note from the programme director

The programme is based on the various needs of the artistic and cultural scene and of the community as a whole. It is conceived as an avenue for versatile, creative musicians who wish to use their musical abilities to give to others, help others to develop their musical talents, and participate in wide-ranging musical creation and performance. The department offers a three-year programme of study leading to a bachelor’s degree (BA).

The programme is based on training in instrumental and/or vocal performance of both rhythmic music and classical and contemporary music. The course of study is structured so as to be useful to those with a wide range of abilities, interests, and experience and to train them in any type of communication and creation. Some students in the programme have also studied composition and orchestral or choral conducting. Ensemble playing and singing, musical creation in a group, and creative music workshops based on cooperation with schools and other institutions play a large role in the programme.

Emphasis is placed on sound general musical knowledge, with the aim of equipping students as well as possible to participate various kinds of musical activity and communication in a constantly changing society that makes increasingly diverse demands on artists to help various groups to think creatively – a society that calls on a new generation of strong musicians who, to an ever-increasing degree, will work equally as performers, creators, teachers, and communicators of various types.

Gunnar Benediktsson