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About the programme
GPA 2018: All applicants admitted  
Language: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


This programme is only offered in Danish.

Sounds in everyday life

Are you interested in the role of music in cultural life? And do you like to communicate?
In the supplementary subject in music culture, you get an opportunity to work with music as a key cultural phenomenon as seen from sociological, cultural-theoretical and anthropological perspective. Today, music is everywhere – accompanying every aspect of our lives as an all-pervasive soundtrack. Whether we listen, play, dance or compose – we are all part of the cycle of music culture.

Sound as a science

In music culture, you study different forms of musical practice, from classical to hip-hop in both current and historical contexts, including the organisational, institutional and industrial settings that define the framework for music as a cultural field.

Music is thematically divided into user and production culture as well as everyday and event culture. You also work with music as an aesthetic expression and a cultural code based on analytical approaches, as well as the creative and practical construction of music.

MP3, audiences and copyright

In music culture, the emphasis is on the theoretical, social and technological aspects of music. Here you study subjects such as copyright, digital composition and the way audiences experience music.

Admission to the Master’s degree in music studies

The supplementary subject in music culture, combined with two years of completed basic studies, qualifies you for admission to the Master’s degree programme in music studies.

Good questions

  • What are the consequences of digitising music in terms of copyright and music distribution?
  • How does the hip-hop audience’s sense of togetherness differ from that of opera fans?
  • How do you compose and arrange music using computer technology?
  • When was the first time music was written down?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulation for the bachelor’s supplementary subject:


In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Structure bachelor

Student life

Form of teaching

Part of your teaching in music culture is in the form of lectures. In addition, there are classroom lessons in theory and computer laboratory work. There is no admission test for music culture, but it is nevertheless an advantage if you can read music.

Student life

Music studies is taught at the Kaserne – the former barracks in Langelandsgade – along with dramaturgy, art history, aesthetics and culture, and comparative literature. The barracks are therefore a hive of activity, and you can always hear sounds coming from rehearsal rooms and stages – even evenings and weekends.

  • Project weeks: For two weeks every year, the teaching programme is interrupted by projects involving students from all year groups. These are the Cæcilia week in November and the debate week in March, where you may sing along with popular Danish stars such as Steffan Brandt (autumn 2005), form bands and take part in workshops with students from other year groups that you normally only meet in the corridors, or discuss subjects such as political music with people like the Danish singer and songwriter Tobias Trier (spring 2007).
  • The University of Aarhus Big Band: Sound of Swing
  • Music students choir (conductor: Erling Kullberg)
  • Visir is a newspaper published by students at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, with both study-related articles and information about current activities at the barracks.
  • The Department of Musicology’s annual Song Contest.
  • FIMS is the Department of Musicology’s social committee, which organises several celebrations every term. FIMS is also responsible for organising the department’s impressive gala Christmas lunch, which is followed by dancing to the music of Sound of Swing. On that occasion, several guest stars in the form of teachers and students join the band.
  • A Friday bar for students at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies features live music every Friday in the foyer of the KaserneSceneN (the barracks theatre).
  • Fæstetik is a social committee that organises events for students of all subjects at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, including a spring party with a special theme, a Shrovetide celebration and a huge party in the Stakladen building for 350 guests.

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Job profile

Graduates with a supplementary subject in music culture find work in the cultural world as:

  • coordinators
  • project managers
  • consultants
  • information officers
  • producers
  • critics
  • musicians
  • cultural communicators

IT, media and music are also increasingly melting together. You can therefore also find work as:

  • an editor of music pages
  • a computer game composer
  • a music program developer
  • an adviser to private companies
  • a consultant

Competence profile

The supplementary subject in music culture provides you with the following skills:

  • You are capable of reflecting on music as a cultural phenomenon and working with it in a differentiated way.
  • You learn an analytical approach to music.
  • You learn to apply IT as a focal point in a creative musical work process.
  • You develop an ability to collaborate with others in a professional context.
  • You learn to carry out interdisciplinary work.
  • You learn to complete project work on a scientific basis – both individually and as part of a team – and to communicate the results.