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What Musicology is. ACT II: All you have to do is sign

Once I saw the musicology curriculum and I saw all the knowledge that would be within my reach, I would say that musicology simply winked at me, and I didn't think about it anymore.

Little would I know about what awaited me there, beyond music theory, functional piano and history. My vision of the world changed together with my perception of reality and my way of interpreting it.

Musicology is the science that is responsible for studying all human manifestations that include music. If you know how to read between the lines, you will know everything that is implicit here.


So who cares if I was rejected from psychology school, I would still learn sociology, to understand the study of man within its context. Anthropology to understand much more than just human behaviour, and its different evolutionary processes. Research methods from which epistemological approaches emerged to give me the investigative tools. Psychology of music, of course, and have a better idea of the effects that music has on the human being.

One of the most interesting things you can learn from Musicology is semiology and semiotics, if you don't know what these disciplines are, they are the study of symbols, their interpretations and meanings. You cannot not know what you know once you study on these subjects.

All this knowledge was there, and I just couldn't ignore it.

The office of the musicologist, who is also a musician by all means, consists of studying all these small details to give a meaning to the universal practices in which music is also involved. Just imagine how many books there are to read, this career is a good option for those who are hungry for knowledge, and those who are looking for sense, meaning and answers not only in the musical field, but also in the world.

Of course, this means a better understanding in the music theory and in the practical part as well. Having all these tools on hand makes an instrumental player even better. Seeing music from the sense that Musicology provides makes the approach more understandable and closer to those who study it. In fact, many musical methods were made or revised by musicologists.

A very important task that we also learn is to archive and catalogue documents of a musical nature, restoring music files, rescue old scores and perhaps transcribe them. It's like musical archaeology.

By the way!

The first record of the “musicology” term that exist suggests that the word was first and known as “Musikwissenschaft” (that’s German since the first schools of musicology were born there).

Did you know anything about musicology? Tell me what you think of everything I told you about this amazing race, believe me it is just the tip of the iceberg, but I hope it was illustrative enough to encourage your curiosity about it and maybe why not? Encourage you to enter this guild of music.

We'll be in touch!

Integrity. Love. Unity.

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