Research at the Department of Music

The research at the Department of Music is multi-faceted with respect to the different fields of interest the individual employees, master's and PhD students have. At present, research is done in the following subject areas: music and dance theory, music and dance history, ethnomusicology, ethnochoreology and music performance, even if these subjects often cross into one and other.

The theory of music deals foremost with the analysis of music, aesthetics and scientific theory.

The history of music generally takes the classical European music tradition as its point of departure (both Norwegian and in general), with studies within so separate areas as the history of reception (music sociology and canon), American composer immigration, "Sturm und Drang" and dance studies. Within the history of music, research concerning partly oral song traditions is also usually included. These traditions are also viewed as ethnomusicological fields.

Ethnomusicology spans an even broader field, and illustrates the professions global content; from Norwegian folk music to popular music, jazz (including jazz improvisation) and World Music, both in African and a broader sense.

The research in practical music performance is a field that has been more relevant in recent years, especially since the merging of the Music Conservatory in Trondheim and the Musicology Department to the current Department of Music.

Interdisciplinary research is extensive in the performing milieu at the department. Many research projects are conducted in cooperation between performing academic staff and specialist environments such as: Movement Science, Psychology, Work Physiology, Biomedicine, Acoustics, Ear, Nose and Throat medicine as well as several others. The department's performing academic staff continuously presents their research at international congresses, in international journals and in other media.

Several of the above-mentioned research areas are also done in an interdisciplinary perspective, and we would like to stress this approach in the future, and gather scattered research activities into merged projects to a greater extent.