The 3rd cycle working group
3rd cycle studies in the Bologna Declaration terminology are studies that follow the 2nd (Master) cycle study in higher education in the framework of a 1st (Bachelor) and 2nd (Master) cycle system. They are also referred to as ‘doctoral’ or ‘PhD’ studies, but to avoid confusion or exclusion of certain types of study, the term ‘3rd cycle’ was used in this project. Until recently, these studies were typically offered exclusively at universities and associated with scientific research. It is a challenge for music institutions to offer musicians, in addition to instrumental training and practice, a reflective environment as well that nourishes innovation and creativity paired with the extension of knowledge and artistic understanding. It becomes equally interesting when attempts are made to bridge the gap between theoretical research and instrumental practice. Various questions that arise around a 3rd cycle in higher music education were studied by the 3rd cycle working group.
- To provide an overview of trends, types of courses and developments at the 3rd study cycle in music in Europe.
- To develop learning outcomes for the 3rd cycle and to study the connection of these outcomes to the learning outcomes of the 1st and a 2nd study cycle.
- To study the relevance of a 3rd cycle in music for the profession and the job market.
- To establish a mechanism for the exchange of 3rd cycle research results at European level.
- To develop helpful tools for music institutions wishing to establish a 3rd cycle.
- A description of the current status of and the latest trends/developments in relation to 3rd cycle studies in music in European institutions for professional music training
- Learning outcomes for the 3rd cycle
- A study on the relevance of a 3rd cycle in music for the profession market
- Tools for music institutions wishing to establish a 3rd cycle
- Suggestions on the use of learning outcomes in 3rd cycle studies
The outcomes are incorporated in the Guide to Third Cycle Studies in Higher Music Education which was developed by the the 3rd cycle working group.
- Peter Dejans (Co-chair – Orpheus Instituut Gent)
- Darla Crispin (Co-chair – Royal College of Music, London)
- Valentina Dediu-Sandu (Universitatea Nationala de Muzica Bucuresti)
- Hubert Eiholzer (Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano)
- Harald Jørgensen (Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo)
- Lola Schirgi (University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz)
- Michael Uhde (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe)
To read and download documents related to this working group, please go to the project material section.
3rd cycle music studies in Europe