The scientific research of the doctoral school is carried out within the “Music Science” research center established in 2004, whose director is Prof. Laura Vasiliu, PhD. The activity consists in identifying themes and topics of major (national/universal) interest, debating them in symposia and conferences, deepening them in research plans and funded projects. In recent years, the “Science of Music” has organized two musicology symposia (with international participation): Identity and stylistic contextuality in Romanian music (annual editions, starting from 2007) and Reception and research of the musical phenomenon in the present (2019), and participated in the UNAGE Doctoral School Conferences: Art and Research – Contemporary challenges (2020), Meanings of Interpretation in Artistic Research (2021), Intersections in Artistic Research: the Model of the Other and the Culture of Mobility (2022).

The valorization of research is also achieved by publishing the scientific journal Artes. Journal of Musicology. The magazine publishes research studies in the main fields of musicology: History of music, Music theory, Musical analysis, Musical aesthetics, Ethnomusicology, Musical Byzantineology, Theory of musical interpretation. The articles published have three scientific formats/genres: 1. Original, research studies/articles; 2. Papers presented at conferences; 3. Book/CD/DVD reviews. The magazine has a scientific committee and a board of international evaluation specialists. The magazine was indexed in CEEOL (Central and Eastern European Online Library) and in ERIHPLUS (European Reference Index for The Humanities and Social Sciences), the databases being expanded through the editorial services of De Gruyter/Sciendo. The articles published in Artes. Journal of Musicology have a DOI identifier. In 2020, the journal was evaluated and ranked in B category by the National Council for Scientific Research (CNCS).

Research areas

Scientific PhD – Musicology

  • Romanian music in a European and Balkan historical context;
  • Universal and Romanian musical creation of the 20th century;
  • Representation and decoding of the musical sign (semantics, semiotics, semiography);
  • The history of music and musical education in Iași;
  • History of musicology and music criticism;
  • The relationship between the musical phenomenon and social-political ideology.

Professional PhD – Performance and Composition

  • Theory of musical interpretation (elements of musical semiotics, semiology, musical hermeneutics, musical aesthetics);
  • Stylistics of musical interpretation – an insight into challenging styles (the baroque and the transition to classicism, modern and contemporary styles);
  • Instrumental soloism (all musical styles, interpretative art);
  • Chamber music (from duo to dixtuor including the entire instrumental range);
  • Vocal music (lied, classical, romantic, modern and contemporary opera);
  • Symphonic music (conceptual compositional analysis and conducting analysis);
  • Styles, languages, composition techniques in contemporary musical creation;
  • Jazz music – creation and interpretation