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Course date
June 28–July 6, 2021
Application deadline
Application for this course is closed
ECTS Credits
Cultural heritage
Social anthropology
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Tuition Waiver

Following the great success of the previous two editions of the Music as Heritage course (face-to-face in 2019 and online in 2020), in 2021 our main goal remains unchanged: 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 audiences. The course builds on a highly interdisciplinary academic approach to modern musicology, thus, it is open to other fields of study.

This summer the course 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.

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.

Online course

Last year, we successfully adapted our project to an Online Summer Course with an innovative, immersive curriculum, and online teaching methods. In 2021 we will meet online again. The academic program will remain unchanged.

The complex theoretical and practical aspects will be taught in the format of 30-minute plenary sessions, including multimedia presentations, and pre-recorded material. Each plenary session will be followed by 20-minute structured, smaller group discussions led by our lecturers and tutors. Sessions will be closed by joint discussion and evaluation.

The traditional field trip will be substituted by digital field research, an exciting and innovative research methodology that is a must-know for ethnomusicologists of the digital era. 

Participants will have the opportunity to develop their individual, cultural heritage-related projects, under the guidance of our experienced instructors.

The 7-day intensive summer course requires active participation, daily 4-6 hours, and offers an inspiring and friendly atmosphere.

All this will be implemented on an easy-to-handle, integrated, multifunctional e-learning platform.

Bartók’s heritage today

Through case studies chosen from Béla Bartók’s immense heritage, we will gain insight into the heritage creation procedures. We will discuss 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 out the groundwork for modern musicology. 

We will also address the questions of how traditional music contributes to national and/or individual identity creation and how music is used for political purposes, as for example by UNESCO.

Exploring heritage management

A major goal of the course is to explore various aspects of musical heritage management. The course will place emphasis on audience development through focused, yet socially conscious cultural policies, and will present a contemporary and viable approach to these issues. We will further examine the essential role of music in social engagement and public outreach.

Building on the feedback of previous courses, this course provides an in-depth focus on practical aspects of musical heritage management. Our approach enables participants to understand industry trends and events through a data-driven approach, and through social analysis.

Check the video about the 2020 online course:

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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.

Please read the following directions carefully. 
Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:

  1. Completed online SUN Application Form (see notes below)
  2. Full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
    Please upload your Curriculum Vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any.
  3. Statement of Purpose

    Please upload a Statement of Purpose that describes how the course is relevant to your teaching, research, or professional work, and in what way you expect to benefit from your participation. Please highlight your relevant music and/or heritage education, describe any previous experience that you had related to the course theme, and list previous courses you have taken. 

    You are advised to consult the detailed course description on the course web page so that the statement of purpose is in accordance with the main objectives of the course. 

    Please provide a name, contact email, and phone number of a person (a faculty member, job supervisor, etc.) who can be contacted by the course directors to attest to your abilities, qualifications, and academic/professional performance.

You can upload further optional documents on the Qualifications page such as academic documents that you think may be relevant to support your application in the ‘Other Supporting Documents’ section. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file not exceeding the size 2 MB. No passwords and encryption are allowed.

“concise and informative presentations with a brief Q&A session, followed by parallel discussions in small working groups, and a final joint summary” (Course participant)

“I do understand it would be completely different if this course was not online but I also liked this format very much, it gave a lot of other possibilities (studying in my own calm environment, combining with other activities etc.) and I wouldn't have been able to do this course if it wasn't online. I would definitely do something similar organized by the same crew again! I would take a course like this every summer if I could.” (Course participant)

“On-line lectures proved to be effective and enjoyable with a drastically shaped format: shorter lectures, fast Q&A, relatively longer group discussions, and a summary general assembly (40+10+30+10 minutes, respectively)." (Course organizers)

Completed CEU Summer University Application Form

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  • You may apply to a maximum of two summer courses. In case of being admitted, you can only attend both if the two courses do not overlap in time. Financial aid, if available, is only granted to attend one course.
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  • Right after login, please select ”Summer University” radiobutton from the "Type of course" list, and leave all other fields empty.
  • All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail, or fax are not considered.
  • The maximum allowable file size for upload is 2MB per file and the acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG, and JPEG. Ensure all security features (e.g. passwords and encryption) are removed from the documents before uploading them.
  • Applications cannot be edited after submission. Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete.
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  • Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff via email.


The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results in April. Please check the 'Dates and deadlines' section on the relevant course websites for notification deadlines planned earlier or later. The final decision is not open to appeal.