MA Music in Development

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Music in Development

SOAS University of London

MA Music in Development

Duration: One calendar year (full- time). Two or three years (part-time, daytime only). We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Entry Requirements: Students with 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 offset the absence of formal academic qualifications in this area.

Start of programme: September intake only.

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time.

This unique programme has been designed for students wishing to combine an interest in music and related cultural performance with advocacy and social development practice. Students will build critical understanding of how music’s agentive and imaginative capacities act in different contexts - e.g. human rights, forced migration, health, and environmental justice - to communicate needs and interests, and to mobilize action.

Students will have the opportunity to build the programme around their specific interests by drawing on optional modules from a range of disciplines, while also developing an understanding of the musical practices of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The programme is particularly suitable for students wishing to deepen their understanding of social and cultural theory and to develop applied research skills. It appeals to those wishing to develop a career in the international NGO sector, in arts-based public sector programmes (e.g. UNESCO) and in arts policy. Students interested in research may proceed to MPhil/PhD in ethnomusicology or allied disciplines.

The MA Music in Development programme involves taking 120 credits taught modules in addition to writing a 10,000-word dissertation (60 credits). In addition to these formal elements, students are expected to attend regular postgraduate and public seminars and may also participate in performance ensemble classes and other activities.

Students may be allowed to study for the MA on a part-time basis.

  • The part-time MA may be taken over two years, in which case the student takes two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) in the first year, and two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) and the dissertation in the second year.
  • Alternatively, it can be taken over three years, in which case the student can distribute the 120 credits modules evenly in each of the three years. The dissertation can be written in year two or three, but it is strongly recommended that this be undertaken in the final year of the programme. It must be submitted in September of the year in which the student registers for it.

Programme Specification

The formal elements of the MA Music in Development programme are:

  • The core modules Music in Development (15 credits) and Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology (15 credits). Part-time students must take these in their first year.
  • The Dissertation in Music (60 credits): A special study 10,000 words on a topic agreed with the candidate's supervisor based on practice-based research (preferably based on a consultancy for a commissioning agency).
  • Part-time students normally take this in their final year.
  • Students must also select modules to the value of 30 credits from List A.
  • Students must also select modules to the value of 30 credits from list B. Please note that not all option modules may run every year.
  • Students must also select modules to the value of 30 credits from list A or B.

Compulsory Modules

  • Music in Development 15PMUC034 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology 15PMUH030 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Dissertation in Music 15PMUC999 (60credits) Full Year

List A: Area Modules

  • Atlantic Africa: Musical Rebels and Divas 15PMUH029 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Atlantic Africa: Players in the Mediation of African Popular Music 15PMUH027 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Ethnicity, Religion and Gender in Middle Eastern Musical cultures 15PMUH024 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Indian vocal music: Styles and histories 15PMUH025 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival 15PMUH011 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Music in Africa: Critical Listening 15PMUH028 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Music in Africa: Travelling on a Song 15PMUH026 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Music, Nation and Conflict in Jerusalem 15PMUH022 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Sacred Sound in South Asia 15PMUH021 (15 credits) Term 1

List B: Additional modules

Students may also take approved modules from Kings College Department of Music, see this link for available options:

Music

  • Analysing World Music: Transcription & Analysis in Ethnomusicology 15PMUH004 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Composition 15PMUH013 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Music and Healing 15PMUH019 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Performance 15PMUC002 (30credits) Full Year
  • Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Sound Recording and Production 15PMSH025 (15 credits) Term 1
  • The Music Business (Masters) 15PMUH003 (15 credits) Term 2

Development Studies

  • Theory, policy and practice of development 15PDSC001 (30credits) Full Year

Centre for Media and Film Studies

  • Global Media and Postnational Communication: Theoretical & Contemporary Issues 15PMSC003 (30credits) Full Year
  • Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media: Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 (15 credits) Term 2

Anthropology

  • Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 (30credits) Full Year
  • Cultural Understandings of Health 15PANC093 (30credits) Full Year
  • Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Therapy and Culture 15PANH027 (15 credits) Term 1

Gender Studies

  • Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNC002 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Gendering Migration & Diasporas 15PGNH002 (15 credits) Term 2
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Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,225 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year
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Deadline
Locations
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2018
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End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019