SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme explores the role of music within the broad framework of culture for development, building on the premise that music and associated performance activities represent rich discursive sites where local knowledge, social structures and cultural meanings are negotiated, challenged and affirmed. Drawing on the intersections between ethnomusicology and a range of allied disciplines, the programme encourages critical examination of how knowledge is acquired and communicated through music, how music is used to promote, reflect or resist development, and how music's agentive and imaginative capacities act in different cultural and political contexts to advance individual and collective interests and identities.

Course Modules

Music in development; aspects of music and religion in South East Asia; Atlantic Africa: (p)layers of mediation in African popular music (PG); central Asian music; ethnicity, religion and gender in Middle Eastern musical cultures; Indian classical music; Indian vocal music: styles and histories; Klezmer music: roots and revival; music, place and politics in Cuba; musical traditions of East Asia (Master's); popular and fusion music in South East Asia; sacred sound in South Asia; dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

A demonstrably strong background in music performance and evidence of a serious and sustained interest in development and creative communication; an undergraduate training in ethnomusicology, music psychology or music sociology would be an advantage, although a 2.1 pass in any social science degree would be acceptable; under exceptional circumstances, significant fieldwork experience may off'set the absence of formal academic qualifications in this area.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,215  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,985  Academic year. First year home fees
2 - 3 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate)