Budapest, Hungary

Music as Heritage: from Tradition to Product

online course
when 28 June 2021 - 7 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 2.5 EC
fee EUR 300

Following the success of the previous two editions of the Music as Heritage course, in 2021 this summer university program will place its focus on Béla Bartók, one of the most influential composers of the 20th century and one of the forefathers of ethnomusicology today.

We aim to provide insight into the methodology and approaches of modern musicology as an integral part of heritage studies. We use music as a tool for analyzing and describing social changes, the interaction of state policies, culture, cultural heritage, and audience. The course builds on a highly interdisciplinary academic approach to modern musicology.

The complex theoretical and practical aspects will be taught in the format of lectures, seminar discussions, library research during a 9-day intensive summer course in Budapest. The course also includes a field trip in Szentendre, and an individual project development program.

The course relies greatly on both CEU lecturers, Bard College and SOAS faculty members, and leading scholars in the field such as Jonathan Stock from University College Cork as well as Martin Stokes from King’s College London.

Course leader

József Laszlovszky, Cultural Heritage Studies Program/Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Peter Laki, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, USA

Target group

The course topic and structure are aimed at both practicing professionals as well as graduate students and junior researchers active in the field of research and teaching of related subjects (musicology, ethnography, heritage studies in its broadest sense, management, marketing and tourism studies, minority studies, etc.). Advanced undergraduate students will also be considered.

Course aim

A major goal of the course is to explore various aspects of musical heritage management. This is done with an emphasis on audience development through focused, yet socially conscious business policies. Further, we aim to present a contemporary and viable approach to responsible arts management. Based on previous course experiences and participants’ feedback, we will explore the practical aspects more in-depth. This way, participants may benefit from understanding industry trends and events through a data-driven approach and social analysis.

As a new topic of the course, we will examine the essential role of music in social engagement and public outreach, too.

Bartók’s heritage today

During this year’s Music as Heritage course, we will discuss Béla Bartók as a musicologist and his influence on modern and even contemporary international musicology. Bartók, universally regarded as an outstanding figure of 20th-century music, is also considered to be a forefather to the discipline of ethnomusicology. He collected and recorded musical folk heritage and simultaneously created a meticulous analytical approach for its analysis, thus laying down the groundwork for modern musicology.

Through case studies chosen from Bartók’s immense heritage, we will gain insight into the heritage creation procedures applied by UNESCO; and we also address the questions of how traditional music contributes to national and/or individual identity creation and how music is used for political purposes.

Field trip

Participants will visit the Skanzen, a Hungarian open-air ethnographic museum in Szentendre. The field trip will provide a unique opportunity to get further insights into both field study and research methods and the real-life experience of traditional music.

Credits info

2.5 EC
CEU Summer University awards a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course. In order to gain this certificate, participants will be expected to attend and actively participate in all classes and complete assignments required by the course.

Fee info

EUR 300: payable until May 28


This summer course is generously funded by the Open Society University Network and will offer tuition waivers to students of the Network Universities as well as CIVICA member university students.