Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Featured Masters Courses
University of East London Featured Masters Courses
University of Birmingham Featured Masters Courses
University of Portsmouth Featured Masters Courses
University of Bath Featured Masters Courses

The MA in Music (Contemporary Music Studies) 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'll 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.

The programme appeals to a wide range of students concerned to develop their understanding of today's music and keen to harness this to relevant intellectual skills.

While designed as an open-ended programme of study that can subsequently be applied in many ways within, and outside, the musical profession, it will be of special value to those preparing for further postgraduate research, and those considering careers in teaching, journalism, arts administration or the culture industries.

Modules & structure

Core modules

You take the following core modules:

  • Advanced Music Studies
  • Contemporary Music: Practices and Debates

Option modules

You choose two modules from a selection that currently includes:

  • Analysing Contemporary Music: From Serialism to Spectral Noise
  • Compositional Techniques
  • Contemporary Ethnomusicology
  • Critical Musicology and Popular Music
  • Ethnographic Film and Music Research
  • Music Management
  • New Directions in Popular Music Research
  • Performance as Research (Ethnomusicology)
  • Popular Music and its Critics
  • Research through Musical Performance
  • Sound Agendas
  • Sources and Resources in the Digital Age
  • Philosophies of Music

Dissertation

  • MA in Music Dissertation

Download the programme specification, for the 2019-20 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Skills

You'll develop:

  • investigation and evaluation skills
  • intellectual skills in music
  • specific research skills

Careers

The programme is designed with careful consideration of the opportunities, challenges and intellectual demands presented by careers in music, such as:

  • journalism
  • teaching
  • broadcasting
  • librarianship
  • historically informed performance
  • contemporary composition
  • arts administration

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths


Visit the Music (Contemporary Music Studies) - MA page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...


Enquire About This Course

Recipient: Goldsmiths, University of London

* required field

Please correct the errors indicated below to send your enquiry


Your enquiry has been emailed successfully