ESMAE

International placement scheme at the School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE) in Porto (Portugal)

Would you like spend a short period abroad developing your professional skills within an exciting and vibrant environment? You now have the opportunity to go Porto (Portugal) at any stage of your degree and work alongside an international team of music professionals and academics in projects and events related to music technology, composition, performance, and industry. During 2021/22 you have the chance work on the organisation and promotion of different events, work alongside sound engineers on multitrack audio-visual recording and editing of various concerts, and develop practical skills as a Music Critic.

A survey conducted in 2019 with students with our undergraduate students demonstrated an interest in participating in professional internships abroad. In this context, the Department of Music and ESMAE developed a new scheme that gives our students a series of opportunities in a variety of areas related to music technology, composition, performance, and the music industry.

As part of this scheme, each year, ESMAE will make available a set of internships to our students. The number of opportunities available will vary each year depending on the activities planned by ESMAE, but we expect that 2-5 places will be available per academic year. The duration of each internship will vary depending on the type of opportunity and, in some cases, may be flexible to offer students different levels of engagement and experience. Nonetheless, the focus will be primarily on short stays (1 to 2 weeks). 

These opportunities are published in this page at least once a year. 

 

How to apply

Places will be allocated on a competitive basis based on the fit of the candidate to the specific internship. Make sure that you read all the information below describing each opportunity available, which includes details on the necessary skills that are required to participate (as well as the duration and dates of the opportunities). To apply, please fill in this form and send it Dr Eduardo Coutinho (e.coutinho@liverpool.ac.uk) by the dates indicated below.   

 

Costs and accommodation

Cost of travelling, accommodation and subsistence would be fully supported by students. Students can expect to spend (weekly) 100-300€ for accommodation and 100-300€ for subsistence. Where possible, the International Office ESMAE will offer International Students support to find private accommodation. Nonetheless, given the expected short during of the stays, AirBnB and similar platforms would be a natural option to search for accommodation. 

 

About ESMAE

The School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE) is a national and international reference for higher education in arts. They are located in the centre of Porto and offer customised and cutting-edge higher education programmes in music and drama. ESMAE features three departments - music, theatre, and visual arts - which rely on the devotion and commitment of 800 students and over 100 teaching staff. They have a unique teaching model in Europe which gives students the chance to learn from acclaimed performers transiting through the city most important music and theatre performance venues (including Casa da Música). ESMAE is also the home to the Helena Sá e Costa Theatre and to the Café-Concert Francisco Beja, and apart from being a space for creating and experimenting, it is the venue of over 200 art events annually. Take a look at their website.

 

Available opportunities during 2021/22

** PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE OPPORTUNITIES MAY BE CANCELLED DEPENDING ON THE DEVELOPMENTS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC** 

ESMAE opportunities

 

ESMAE 503

Duration

2 weeks

Period

February

Description

ESMAE 503 is a YouTube channel that includes recordings of short live concerts (around 20m) taking place in intimate environments. This channel promotes musicians and music from the 21st century music and provided an open music space, regardless of genre. Most concerts include students, teachers, alumni and partners of ESMAE.  

Expected contribution of the candidate

Option A: Organisation and promotion

Students will support the organisation of the events as well as engage in promotion of the concerts and the online channel.

Option B: Sound engineering

Students will support the preparation of the concerts, making multitrack audio-visual recording (audio and video) of the concerts, and editing and mixing of the recordings.

Candidate profile and required skills

Students with an interest and background in sound engineering (recording and/or mixing) and/or events' production and promotion.

Learning outcomes

- To develop intercultural communication and collaboration skills

- To develop collaborative work skills in a professional environment 

Option A

- To develop practical experience in recording and mixing techniques in a professional environment

Option B

- To develop practical experience in the organisation and promotion of music of events and online music platforms 

Number of places

2

Application deadline

By November 30 (each year).

 

 Festival ESMAE

Festival ESMAE 

Duration

1 (minimum) to 2 (maximum) weeks

Period

Around Easter Break

Description

Festival ESMAE is a music/theatre festival that showcases the activities of the school through concerts, masterclasses, installations, lectures, and other events. It is an open event that last for 2 weeks and gives an opportunity to young people (including potential future applicants to the school), as well as academic and the general public to come together in a vivid and diverse atmosphere. 

Expected contribution of the candidate

Students will support the preparation of the festival and other organizational activities and write concerts reviews. Students will be able to attend and participate in all events, including concerts and masterclasses.

Candidate profile and required skills

Students with interests in event production, musical criticism, and intercultural experiences.

Learning outcomes

- To develop intercultural communication and collaboration skills

- To be able to communicate with musicians, academics, students, and the general public in a professional environment

- To develop practical skills in Music Critic

- To develop an awareness of some logistical needs of a festival

Number of places

2

Application deadline

By February 15 (each year).