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Artistic Research Programme in Music

The Artistic Research program in Music is a laboratory for artistic exploration and experimentation that enables the doctoral student to:

  • develop methods for artistic development and renewal
  • conduct research that positively impacts creative outputs
  • produce creative outputs that positively impacts research
  • consider research as tools for technical, aesthetic and communicative artistic expression
  • develop an astute awareness of their own artistic activity

The goals for the artistic research program in music are to:

  • develop research that leads to or results from artistic practice
  • to place artistic practice or production as the central object of inquiry
  • contribute knowledge, gleaned from research focused on the complexities of real-world artistic production
  • produce compelling art

Artistic Research in Music investigates and develops the creative process and the generation of artistic knowledge in the field of music. The research field comprises various forms of artistic musical practices, including composition, interpretation, improvisation, music production and other contexts for musical creation.

We work towards the notion that artistic research impacts the doctoral student’s musical practice and professional activity. In total, this research has been carried out by performers, improvisers, composers, music producers and other professional music practitioners.

Through innovative projects, artistic research aims to deeply investigate, creatively challenge and critically illuminate diverse forms of musical practice. Importantly we aim to investigate the complexity of real-world artistic behaviors, ranging from traditional to experimental practices, that integrates the perspective of artistically active musical practitioners. This is in direct opposition to the development of understanding based solely on simplified models of reality. The trick is, of course, how to wean out those significant bits of information that carries the power of replicable confirmation in disparate contexts.

This program is based on the realistic profile of the artist as a mature practitioner; in which activities abroad, such as performances at international festivals, presentations at conferences, or research initiatives at other institutes of higher education contribute to and shape the degree trajectory as a whole.

The program for a Doctoral Degree in Music contains courses as well as individual work and is carried out during four years of full-time studies (240 higher education credits). This includes course work and literature studies/seminars of 60 higher education credits and a thesis/artistic project of 180 higher education credits.

Further information

The Doctoral Students’ Handbook (



Michael Edward Edgerton
Professor of Artistic Research in Music
Subject Director for Artistic Research in Music
E-mail: michael [dot] edgerton [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se
Telephone: +46 (0)76 102 97 25