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Goldsmiths College
University of London

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

Goldsmiths 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 study.

Program Focus

Ethnomusicology 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.

Special Resources

Centre 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

Dr. John Baily. Emeritus Professor and Head of the Afghan Music Unit. Applied Ethnomusicology; Islamic Music, Film, Performance. Contact: J.Baily@gold.ac.uk

Associate Professor Tim Cooley. Visiting Research Fellow. Eastern European Music, Fieldwork, Performance.

Dr. Stephen Cottrell. Head of Department and Senior Lecturer. Ethnomusicology and Western art music; Mediterranean music; Performance. Contact: S.Cottrell@gold.ac.uk

Yusuf Mahmoud. Visiting Tutor. Tabla performance.

Professor Keith Negus. Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Contemporary Music Cultures. Popular Music, Creativity, Culture Industries. Contact: K.Negus@gold.ac.uk

Dr. Barley Norton. Senior Lecturer and Pathway Leader for the MA in Music (Ethnomusicology). Ethnomusicology, Southeast Asian Music, Film. Contact: B.Norton@gold.ac.uk

Dr. Tom Perchard. Lecturer. Jazz, African American Music, Cultural Theory. Contact: T.Perchard@gold.ac.uk

Dr. Francis Silkstone. AHRC Research Fellow. Intercultural Composition, South and Southeast Asian music. Contact: F.Silkstone@gold.ac.uk

General Program Statement

The 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 industries.

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 Asia.”

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 Contemporary Culture.
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.

Financial Support

Goldsmiths offers a number of bursaries and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. For information see "Related Websites" below.

Further Information

Dr. Barley Norton, Music Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK. Phone: 44 (0)20-79197642. Email: b.norton@gold.ac.uk

Program Website


Related Websites

Financial support information: http://www.gold.ac.uk/costs/

MA in Music (Ethnomusicology): http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-music-ethnomusicology/

The content for Goldsmiths College was last updated June 23, 2010.

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