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Type of Program and Degrees Offered
is the UK's leading creative university when it comes to the study of creative,
cultural and social processes. Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths is studied in the
context of a vibrant Music Department, and benefits from a wide range of
interdisciplinary music research taking place in other Departments,
particularly in Anthropology, Psychology, Computing, Drama, and Media and
Communications. The Music Department offers an innovative master’s degree
program in ethnomusicology and a PhD program in ethnomusicology including the
option to do a performance or practice-based PhD. At undergraduate level,
ethnomusicology and world music courses are offered throughout all levels of
at Goldsmiths has special strengths in the musical cultures of Asia,
African-American music, ethnographic filmmaking, musical performance, applied
ethnomusicology, popular music theory, jazz studies, and ethnographic
approaches to the study of Western art music.
for Contemporary Music Cultures. Afghan Music Unit. Centre for Russian Music
and the Prokofiev Archive. Electronic Studios. Extensive library collections.
Tabla Classes. Goldsmiths Gamelan Ensemble. Ensemble Bakhtar (Afghan Music
Ensemble). Intercultural Composition Ensembles. The "Pure Gold” Festival and
regular guest workshops and concerts.
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
John Baily. Emeritus Professor and Head of the Afghan Music Unit. Applied
Ethnomusicology; Islamic Music, Film, Performance. Contact: J.Baily@gold.ac.uk
Professor Tim Cooley. Visiting Research Fellow. Eastern European Music,
Stephen Cottrell. Head of Department and Senior Lecturer. Ethnomusicology and
Western art music; Mediterranean music; Performance. Contact:
Mahmoud. Visiting Tutor. Tabla performance.
Keith Negus. Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Contemporary Music
Cultures. Popular Music, Creativity, Culture Industries. Contact:
Barley Norton. Senior Lecturer and Pathway Leader for the MA in Music
(Ethnomusicology). Ethnomusicology, Southeast Asian Music, Film. Contact:
Tom Perchard. Lecturer. Jazz, African American Music, Cultural Theory. Contact:
Francis Silkstone. AHRC Research Fellow. Intercultural Composition, South and
Southeast Asian music. Contact: F.Silkstone@gold.ac.uk
General Program Statement
programs in the Music Department at Goldsmiths accord with the declared aims of
the university to work beyond the boundaries of preconceptions, provide freedom
to experiment, encourage individuality and nurture talent. They are designed
with careful consideration of the opportunities, challenges and intellectual
demands presented by careers in music, the education sector, and the creative
BMus (Hons) Music, BMus (Hons) Popular Music, BMus (Hons) Music Computing
The three undergraduate programs in music, popular music, and music computing
include a range of world music and ethnomusicology courses including modules in
"Urban and Folk Music,” "Performing Southeast Asian Music,” "Topics in
African-American Music,” "World Music and Globalization,” "Music of Africa and
MA in Music (Ethnomusicology)
The MA in Music (Ethnomusicology) provides a thorough training in a range of
methodologies relating to the study of music in its cultural contexts. The
program has an innovative structure which enables you to combine practical
learning – including options in performance and ethnographic filmmaking – with
theoretical study of contemporary ethnomusicology. As well as engaging with
musical practices in various geographic or cultural areas, the program
acknowledges the usefulness of applying ethnomusicological approaches to Western
art and popular musics, and the importance of conducting fieldwork in urban
settings. You will have the opportunity to engage with key ethnographic
methodologies, such as interviewing, videoing and video editing, and musical
performance as a research technique. The final dissertation may, if you wish,
include a significant practical component focusing on a performance or film
project, and you will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork as part of
your studies. A written dissertation option is also available, allowing you to
engage in depth with an issue that interests you.
The MA in Music (Ethnomusicology) course comprises:
1. Core modules: Contemporary Ethnomusicology, Research Methods in Music and
2. Indicative Options. Two modules from the following:
Encounters in African American Music, Ethnographic Film and Music Research,
Modernism and Post-modernism, Musicological Theory, Philosophies of Music,
Performance as Research, Popular Music and Cultural Theory: Dialogues and Debates.
3. Ethnomusicology Project – either a) Dissertation, b) Ethnographic Film
Project, or c) Performance Project.
Other Masters programs in the Music Department
In addition to the MA in Music (Ethnomusicology), there are also other master’s
programs in music. These include an MA in Music (Contemporary and Popular
Music); MMus programs in composition and performance; an MA in Arts
Administration (with Music Pathway); and an MA in Creative and Cultural
Entrepreneurship (with Music Pathway).
M.Phil./Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology
The Music Department has a strong tradition of research and a large community
of research students. Students can pursue PhD research in a wide variety of
ethnomusicological topics including practice or performance-based research.
offers a number of bursaries and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate
students. For information see "Related Websites" below.
Barley Norton, Music Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London, New
Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK. Phone: 44 (0)20-79197642. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
support information: http://www.gold.ac.uk/costs/
Music (Ethnomusicology): http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-music-ethnomusicology/
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