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Music in Community Contexts

Qualification awarded (in original language)
"Licenciatura em Música em Contextos Comuitários". Title of "Licenciado".

Level of qualification
1st Cycle of Studies. EQF level 6. ISCED 2011 level 6.

Admission requirements
Students may apply to this 1st cycle programme, through the general regime, if they obtain a minimum classification of 95 points (on a scale of 0 to 200) in one of the following national entrance examinations: Biology and Geology (02), or Geography (09), or History of Culture and Arts (12), or History (11), or English (13), or Portuguese (18). Applicants have yet to complete a specific access test consisting of a written component, a practical component and an interview. This test aims to evaluate the knowledge, skills and plurality of practices, experiences and musical contexts of the different candidates.
Application may also be possible, through special regimes, for:
. students inside the Portuguese educational system who want to re-enroll, change course of studies, or transfer education institution;
. holders of technological specialization courses;
. olders than 23 who have succeeded a special exam of assessment of capabilities to access the Higher Education System;
. holders of middle or high level courses;
. students coming from foreign higher education systems.
The access requirements for the 1st cycle of studies of Higher Education appear in the description of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement.

Recognition of prior learning
Following the implementation of the Bologna Process and the consequent legislation regarding the mobility of students among degrees and higher education institutions, prior learning must be recognized and credited. The prior learning concept comprises all the previous learning/training undertaken in other higher education study cycles in national or international institutions (crediting of certified training), as well as previous professional experience and any post-secondary school training or education. As such, the IPB promotes the crediting of the student’s prior learning when arriving at the institution.
Aiming at a quick and full integration of the student in his/her new education programme, the recognition procedures must be submitted when enrolling at the IPB.
For further enquiries on crediting and recognizing prior learning and training at the IPB (calendars, procedures and assessment criteria), please go to the Applicant Portal at www.ipb.pt/portaldocandidato.

Qualification requirements and regulations
6 Semesters (3 years). 20 Weeks of study, per semester, full-time (40 per year). 40 total Hours per week. 810 total Hours per semester (1620 per year). 180 ECTS Credits (30 per semester); 1 credit corresponds to 27 hours. (variable number of Contact (teaching) Hours, depending on the established Schedule for each Course Unit). In the 3rd year, the Professional Practice unity course has 12 ECTS credits and will allow the internship in several external entities.
Holders of this diploma are entitled to apply to the career of high staff in central and local public administration, as well as in private enterprises and institutions or to undertake their own independent qualified activity.

Profile of the programme
The profile of the programme comprises the development of the technical-scientific knowledge and professional skills in the study areas of music. Music.

Key learning outcomes
The bachelor’s degree in Music is awarded to those students that demonstrate, in this field, the ability to:
a) develop and enhance the acquired knowledge;
b) apply acquired knowledge and understanding capacity in order to clearly demonstrate a professional approach to the work carried out;
c) solve problems based upon their own arguments;
d) collate, select, and interpret relevant information which will enable them to consolidate the solutions they present and the opinions they put forward, including the analysis of relevant social, scientific and ethical aspects;
e) communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions, both to experts and non-experts;
f) develop competences that will enable them to benefit from lifelong learning with a high degree of autonomy.

To complete the qualification, the student is required to pass all compulsory course units of the study plan.

Occupational profiles of graduates
The degree of "licenciado" (bachelor) in Music in Community Contexts belongs to the education and training area of Arts, Communication and Multimedia. Graduates are qualified to develop a professional activity within the profile of the programme.

Access to further studies
The bachelor’s degree in Music in Comunity Context allows to proceed to post-graduate studies, according to the diagram of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement. In the School of Education, this degree gives access to the master’s programme in Ensino da Educação Musical no Ensino Básico (professional diploma for the Basic School Teaching, according to the Law-Decree no. 79/2014, May, 14h.

Graduation requirements
Graduation is obtained after completion of the total ECTS credits foreseen in the study plan.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Examination and assessment are regulated by the IPB general regulation, available in www.ipb.pt/sa, and by the Attendance and Assessment Regulations of the School, available in www.ese.ipb.pt.
Consult this Guide under the option “The ECTS at the IPB” for information on the grading and qualification system.

Mode of study

Programme director
Maria Isabel Ribeiro de Castro (
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Scientific areas of the study plan
Scientific AreaAcronymECTS Credits
Foreign LanguagesFL0.04.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
Auditory Training 1Mus10.0
History of Music 1Mus6.0
Practice in GuitarMus8.0
11 Semestral 
Acoustics and Musical OrganologyMus6.0
11 Semestral 
Music in the Community 1Mus6.0
11 Semestral 
New Technologies in MusicMus6.0
12 Semestral 
Chorus 1Mus6.0
12 Semestral 
Portuguese Traditional MusicMus4.0
12 Semestral 
Option 1-AlemãoFL4.0
12 Semestral 
Option 1-ChinêsFL4.0
12 Semestral 
Option 1-EspanholFL4.0
12 Semestral 
Option 1-FrancêsFL4.0
12 Semestral 
Option 1-InglêsFL4.0
12 Semestral 
Musical RepertoireMus4.0
Composition Analysis and TechniquesMus8.0
Chorus 2Mus8.0
Auditory Training 2Mus8.0
Music Ensemble 1Mus8.0
Keyboard instruments PracticeMus8.0
21 Semestral 
History of Music 2Mus6.0
21 Semestral 
Option 2-Culturas Musicais ContemporâneasMus4.0
21 Semestral 
Option 2-Estética MusicalMus4.0
21 Semestral 
Option 2-Psicologia da MúsicaMus4.0
22 Semestral 
Music, Motion and DramaMus4.0
22 Semestral 
Music in the Community 2Mus6.0
Auditory Training 3Mus8.0
Music Ensemble 2Mus8.0
31 Semestral 
Chorus 3Mus6.0
31 Semestral 
Option 3-Direção CoralMus6.0
31 Semestral 
Option 3-Direção de Formações Instrumentais---
31 Semestral 
Option 3-Oficina de Arranjos MusicaisMus6.0
31 Semestral 
Instrumental PracticeMus6.0
31 Semestral 
Professional Practice ProjectMus4.0
32 Semestral 
32 Semestral 
32 Semestral 
Professional PracticeMus12.0


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