SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

Music can be studied at SOAS in either of two BA degree structures: the single'subject ('single honours') BA in Music, or the two'subject ('joint honours') BA in Music and another subject. The two'subject degree allows more scope for studying language or other non'musical aspects of particular cultures. The single'subject degree allows greater concentration on music, including Western music and Performance.

Course Modules

Music Modules include: Sounds and cultures 1: Africa, the Jewish World, West and Central Asia; Sounds and cultures 2: East, South East and South Asia; music and culture; introduction to music analysis; performance; ethnomusicology: themes and variations; urban soundscapes; music and religion in South East Asia; popular and fusion music in South East Asia; music of Korea; musical traditions of East Asia; Indian classical music; the world of Cuban music; composition; gender and music; introduction to sound recording; music, Shamanism and healing; presenting world music on radio; extended essay in music; independent study project in music. Arabic Modules include: Introduction to Arabic culture; literatures of the Near and Middle East; introduction to Islam; introduction to modern Arabic literature; introduction to early Islamic texts; introduction to classical Arabic literature; introduction to Arabic dialects; politics and aesthetics in modern Arabic literature; reading classical Arabic historians; language and oral literature of an Arabic vernacular; Arabic cinema 1; Quran and Hadith studies; Islamic texts; independent study project in Arabic studies (using language sources); Sufism (texts and history); introduction to Arabic culture; elementary written Persian; elementary written Turkish; elementary Hebrew; elementary Western Armenian; introductory Akkadian; introduction to Armenian history; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; the making of the modern Middle East; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Islamic architecture; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; art and material culture of the Islamic world (7th to 14th centuries); mosaics, manuscripts, and wall painting in Islamic art; music of the Middle East and North Africa; Islamic law; government and politics of the Middle East; economic development of the modern Middle East.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • Course specific

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