"Since my arrival it has been such a vivid time of learning and breakthroughs there is no easy way to summarise."
I have been studying at Goldsmiths preparing my PhD thesis about 20th-century musical temporality. My current research is a natural development of my Masters degree in Musicology at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and is supported by CAPES scholarship and University Federal of Paraná where I am assistant professor in the arts department.
Some years ago, I realised that my doctoral studies would be greatly improved if performed abroad, since the musical repertoire I am interested in is essentially European. After an intense period of searching I finally decided on London and specifically on Goldsmiths, because of the richness of new musical experiences that such a multicultural environment could offer. Actually, walking around Goldsmiths you meet people from everywhere. It is really a cheerful and exciting place. No doubts I have made the best choice in choosing Goldsmiths to perform my doctoral studies in the UK. Since my arrival it has been such a vivid time of learning and breakthroughs there is no easy way to summarise, but for sure it has been a time of new ideas and new sonorities to be explored and shared. Perhaps the open minded surroundings is what I am enjoying the most, especially getting involved in a research degree.
There are a number of musical opportunities at Goldsmiths, from solo performance to orchestral practice. The Department of Music has a set of individual practice rooms, facilities for the development of studio and applied composition, and offers a large collection of books and journals covering all branches of musicology.
Goldsmiths' Music Department is very similar to that one I came from, in terms of the number of students and staff, but the way seminars and lectures are organized is essentially different. In Brazil we have this slight tendency to patronize our students; instead, here you are faced by this sense of being responsible for your own choices. I guess this is the first lesson to be learnt when performing a degree in arts abroad in a place like Goldsmiths – that is to say, learning to be confident about your plans of study and future career, and above all learning to improve your artistic skills.
Programme and year of study:
MPhil & PhD in Music