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MA - Music (Ethnomusicology)


Goldsmiths, University of London    Department of Music

Full time & Part time See Course MA 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

About the course

The MA Music (Ethnomusicology) introduces a range of methodologies in relation to the study of music in its cultural contexts.

As well as engaging with musical practices in various geographic or cultural areas, the programme acknowledges the importance of urban ethnomusicology and the usefulness of applying ethnomusicological approaches to Western art and popular music.

You have the opportunity to engage with key ethnographic methodologies, such as interviewing, videoing and video editing, and musical performance as a research technique.

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Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Music or an equivalent subject.

Your qualification should comprise a substantial academic element relevant to the selected MA pathway and option choices. For the generic MA Music award you should write a detailed proposal explaining the rationale for your option course choices and how these provide a coherent programme of study leading to dissertation. A detailed transcript of your degree is preferred.

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Student Profile(s)

Jaremdi

I chose Goldsmiths because of its reputation in ethnomusicology. It was highly recommended by my lecturers at the university where I did my undergrad. When I went on the Goldsmiths website and read through the modules being offered on the ethnomusicology pathway, I knew Goldsmiths was where I wanted to go. After taking a year off to do some fieldwork in preparation for my masters, I finally came to London in September and what a journey it has been so far! The past two months have passed by in a whirlwind of activities. There is never a dull moment as I am kept busy with the wide range of events and activities offered by the university and different societies/clubs at Goldsmiths. And, of course, my course keeps me busy with all the reading for lectures and assignments. It challenges me in the best way possible and makes me excited about learning.

Goldsmiths has such a warm sense of community because of which I have had the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds studying really interesting courses and that has been a fascinating learning experience. I am also really enjoying the creative and energetic vibe of London. There is so much to do and see that you get inspired everyday.

After I graduate, I would like to return home to Nagaland and gain employment as a lecturer in ethnomusicology (specialising in Naga music) at one of the music colleges in India. I would like to generate awareness and interest in ethnomusicology among my people so that we can have more Naga researchers in the field. I also hope to publish a book on my research findings on the music of the Nagas at some point in the future. I am confident that my time at Goldsmiths will equip me with the necessary skills to achieve these goals.

Scholarships

10% fee discount to home students and the equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% fee discount to home students and equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international students

Eligibility

The award is available to:

Home and international students (full-time and part-time) who received a first class undergraduate honours degree from a British higher education institution

You must be applying for a taught Masters programme (MRes and PGCE programmes are not included).

Read the full definitions for the eligibility criteria of the Goldsmiths Excellence Fee Waiver on our website.

Application Procedure

You do not need to apply for the Excellence Fee Waiver, Awardees must meet all other eligibility criteria at the point of enrolment or they will no longer be eligible for the award.

Please ensure you upload your final degree transcript or certificate as proof of your classification to your MyGoldsmiths account. The fee waiver will not be applied unless proof of your classification has been provided.

Awardees must meet all other eligibility criteria at point of enrolment or they will no longer be eligible for the award. The fee discount will then be applied automatically after full enrolment has been completed.

Please note: this award cannot be combined with the Goldsmiths Alumni Fee Waiver.


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10% fee discount to home alumni, and the equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international alumni.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% fee discount to home alumni, and the equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international alumni.

Eligibility

The award is available to the following Goldsmiths graduates:

- Home and international graduates (full-time and part-time)
- Study Abroad graduates
- Goldsmiths, University of London LaSalle graduates
- Goldsmiths, University of London Distance Learning programme graduates who have been awarded a BA in English, BSc in Computing and Information Systems, or a BSc in Creative Computing

You must be applying to start a taught Masters programme (MRes and PGCE programmes are not included).

Application Procedure

The fee discount will be applied automatically after full enrolment has been completed.

Please note: this award cannot be combined with the Goldsmiths Excellence Fee Waiver.


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