SOAS, University of London

SOAS, University of London

Music in Development

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.

Entry requirements

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.

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 in selected regions of Africa: contexts and structures; music in South Asian culture (Master's); music, nation and conflict in Jerusalem; music of the near and Middle East and North Africa; music, place and politics in Cuba; musical traditions of East Asia (Master�s); pop and politics in East Asia (Master�s); popular and fusion music in South East Asia (PG); raga: concept and practice (PG); sacred sound in South Asia; dissertation in music.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,260 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 16,090 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
School of Oriental and African Studies Camden WC1H 0XG South East

Key information

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