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Masters degrees in the History of Music offer an advanced focus on the contexts, cultures and developments of musical styles throughout various periods in history.
Taught MA degrees are typical for the field, though research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes may also be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as History, Music or Performance Studies.
Courses in this field are highly academically focused, providing opportunities for you to specialise in several areas.
For example, you might assess the development of string orchestra performance, from its inception to its present assortments. Or, you might specifically analyse a period such as the Renaissance, including influential artists and instruments.
Theses Masters may also be interdisciplinary in nature, combining theoretical concepts from disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and even philosophy. For example, you may explore music’s influence on the sociocultural constructs of different societies throughout colonial periods.
Traditional careers include academic teaching, academic writing, archival management and museum curation. You might also explore careers in music technology, instrument design or even music management.
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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. Read more
The Master of Music in Music History at West Chester University has been designed to serve a diverse student population, from those with specific research interests to those simply seeking greater exposure to music history and literature for educational purposes. Read more
The MA in Ethnomusicology is a one-year full-time taught MA course that considers music in its cultural and social contexts. It engages with the study of Irish Traditional Music, Popular Music, World Music in both practical and academic modes. Read more
The MA in Irish Music Studies is intended for scholars and scholar-practitioners who wish to study Irish Music (traditional, folk, classical, popular and related genres) from critical, cultural, historical, ethno/musicological, and practice-based perspectives. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Music (PGDipMus) requires one year of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study. It is intended for students who are composers or performers or both. Read more
The . MA in Music by Research . offers postgraduate opportunities to individuals who prefer to study independently rather than through classroom teaching, working under the close supervision of an expert in their field. Read more