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PhD Candidate
Departamento de Comunicação e Arte | Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
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Nuno Oliveira was born in Braga, in 1992. He started his musical studies at the Music Conservatory in Braga (Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian), where he completed the Secondary Music Course, variant – Instrument (Tuba), in the 2009/2010 school year, with three distinctions: an artistic merit award, a prize of academic merit and a prize of merit awarded by the Ministry of Education.
He graduated in Music Performance – Tuba, at the ESMAE - Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo - Porto Polytechnic Institute, where he attended the class of teachers Sérgio Carolino, Romeu Silva and Ricardo Antão.
In the academic year 2015/2016, he finished his master’s degree in Music Education at the ESMAE - Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo and ESE – Escola Superior de Educação - Porto Polytechnic Institute. During the master’s degree, he developed an internship thesis, entitled Rethink the place of “Formação Musical” course in Specialized Music Education in Portugal, under the guidance of teachers Jorge Alexandre Costa and Rosa Barros. For his master’s course, he was awarded a prize of merit by the Porto Polytechnic Institute and Bank Santander Totta.
In the school year of 2016/2017, he began to attend the PhD in Music, specializing in Music Education at the University of Aveiro. He is currently developing the thesis “The public music conservatories of Portugal: a contribution to the understanding of their practices in the perspective of their intervenients”.
Between 2013 and 2017 he was executive and pedagogical director of the Academia de Música Fernando Matos, educational valence of the Caldas das Taipas Wind Band.
He currently holds teaching positions at the Music Conservatory in Braga (Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian), in the Colégio Teresiano de Braga and in the Centro Cultural Sénior (Senior University of Braga’s Archdiocese). He is also the director of Braga Cathedral’s Choir.
Doctoral Project

The public music conservatories in Portugal: a contribution to understanding their organizational, pedagogical and social practices from the perspective of their actors

This research project comes from the interest in understanding the organizational, political, pedagogical and social dynamics of specialized artistic music education in Portugal. To this end, we will try to understand how the music conservatories, incorporated in the public network of the Portuguese education system, have conceived, organized and operationalized their lines of action, and if these responses correspond to an adequacy / update on the particularities and requirements of the current educational portrait.
Thus, this project develops from three analysis plans: the political / organizational plan, the pedagogical plan and the artistic / cultural and community relationship plan.
With regard to the political / organizational plan, we will try to understand the idiosyncrasies implicit in the conservatory “organization”, namely, how each public music conservatory conceives, structures and operationalizes the various issues related to its mission, objectives, regulation, organizational models, and if there is a balance between the exercise of autonomy of these schools and the legislation coming from central government entities.
Regarding the pedagogical plan, it is important to analyze the alignment of each of the conservatories with the dynamics of teaching-learning, curricula, programs, assessment, and what responses are developed according to the existence of different student profiles, which therefore imply different models of literacy and pedagogy.
Finally, since education is closely related to cultural policies, the artistic / cultural and community relationship plan includes understanding the role of conservatories as poles of art and culture, and how this “function” reflects the educational line of these schools, the relationship with the community, the audience formation and the appreciation and dissemination of artistic and cultural expressions.


Research Group: Creation, Performance and Artistic Research