First edition of the degree in popular music: A contribution to the professionalization of the penquista scene

An innovative and rewarding instance, for the artistic formation of the penquista scene, was delivered by the degree “Tools and management in popular music”, which finished its first edition during this summer with the certification of 12 resident musicians of the Gran Concepción.

The instance of formation was dictated by OTEC Culture and Territory, and Surco, School of Popular Music, carried out a work of improvement and creative refinement that took place between April 18th and December 22th, 2022.

The first edition of this formative process, was in charge of 12 professors, among them Cecilia Gutiérrez, Rodrigo Álvarez, Rodrigo Durán, Yayo Durán, Rodrigo Poblete and Juan Pablo Moreno. They are recognized for their experience and participation in the popular scene.

The graduate had to pass the different teaching modules in order to obtain the respective degree. These bodies, distributed in 144 academic hours, were certified through the national accreditation system belonging to the NCH2728 standard to which OTEC belongs.

The main motivation that lead in the instruction of the degree, was the absence of formal musical formation in the zone. Despite being characterized as a city that coexists with a wide artistic industry and referents of this branch.

“We seek to fill this formative void that exists in Concepción, to form in an integral way the musicians and musics”, explained the commission of Surco. In the same line, it defines that the professionalization of the category is necessary to develop in the profession with a look focused on the current context.

The program also gave students the opportunity to learn about tools to be formed in the field of project management and design, as well as in digital marketing and communication.

After months of work and favorable results, the planners do not discard the possibility of opening a degree that can count on the support of some higher education entity.

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