Department of Music

The Bar- Ilan Music Department was founded in 1970 to meet the demand of a wide, diverse student public interested in musicology and ethnomusicology.

The department is the largest of its kind in Israel and the only one that offers a doctorate in music composition. It offers numerous degree programs including music teacher’s certificate, master’s degree in music therapy, advanced degrees in composition, and a certificate or degree program in music technology.

For many years, the department graduates in all the department programs have been engaged in academic and artistic frameworks in Israel and abroad. The Bar- Ilan Music Department is known to be exceptional in the academic Israeli scene.

It deals with academic research activities of all kinds, encourages interdisciplinary activity and cooperative intra-disciplinary projects. The music department reflects the uniqueness of Bar-Ilan University, and is deeply involved in academic activity in Israel and abroad.

About the Department of Music

The department currently grants academic music degrees, based on the following programs: musicology, western music research, ethnomusicology, music technologies, music education, music therapy, and composition. In the 1990s, additional interdisciplinary courses were opened which straddled the fields of music and other areas (computers, film, literature, psychology, etc.)

These different programs share a common rationale which is that the student in the department may engage not only in analytical music research but also in its practical application: the music therapist draws upon music in the treatment of various populations, the music teacher transmits the musical tradition to the next generations, while the composer performs his works publicly after they have withstood the “laboratory” tests of his fellow students.

Fields of Study

  • Musicology
  • Composition
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Teacher Program
  • Music Technology

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