To this aim, we seek to provide a comprehensive analysis of practical music making and listening, and to examine it in its context. We are keen to explore the meaning and impact of music in our life, and to develop strategies that may assist musicians in their everyday practice.
Currently our projects focus on five main research areas:
- Music Production and Interpretation
- Music Appreciation, Perception, and Consumption
- Groove Studies
- Music, Health, and Wellbeing
- Music Documentation (Organ Documentation Centre, iconography, archives)
The methods we apply include a range of mixed approaches: analytical (including computer-assisted analysis of audio recordings); psychological/social; historical-philological; technical-historical; and iconographic.
Results are disseminated within the academic and professional communities through publications and talks. Findings also inform the content of seminars and lectures at the Master of Arts in Music taught at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. In this way, a close two-way feedback between research and teaching content we do assure to offer scientifically informed and state-of-the-art insights into the nature and meaning of music in our everyday life.
Organ Documentation Centre
The Organ Documentation Centre (ODZ) at the Lucerne School of Music is a competence centre for documenting and researching Swiss organ culture. Organists, academics and devotees of the organ benefit from an extensive range of publications on organ building and organ music, and from archives, organ arrangements and image material.