Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Music (Contemporary Music Studies)

This course examines aspects of methodology, repertoire studies and cultural theory within a wide-ranging programme of investigation into the role of contemporary music in the society for which it is created. You will explore the key methodologies appropriate for scholarly study of the music of the present and recent past, such as oral history and contrasting approaches to musical 'close reading'. Musical repertoires, and notions of repertoire, are examined, and you are encouraged to ask such questions as whether the boundaries often considered to exist between, for example, 'contemporary concert music' and 'popular music' are still meaningful for practitioners, listeners and scholars today. Various approaches to cultural theory are viewed in the light of what they might bring to the study of contemporary music of different kinds. The understandings developed in your coursework culminate in the methods and approaches demonstrated in your dissertation. This gives you the opportunity to address particular challenges of studying and writing about the music of our time arising from your own musical and theoretical enthusiasms.

Assessment methods

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,580 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,580 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 14,890 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,580 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,580 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,580 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Goldsmiths, University of London Lewisham SE14 6NW South East

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