MA World Music Studies

Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

We have expertise in everything from musicology and ethnomusicology to performance, composition and music management.

After two years of studying ethnomusicology at Sheffield, I finally know what it is to be a musician. There were inspiring residentials and world class lectures.

David Currie, MA World Music Studies

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE

World Music Studies is intended for musicians, educators and enthusiasts who would like to know more about the music of the world and the academic discipline that studies it, ethnomusicology.

We interpret ‘world music studies’ quite literally as encompassing, in principle, the study of any and all musical activity in the world: Western as well as exotic, popular as well as classical, amateur as well as professional. This study is pursued through practical methods such as fieldwork and direct participation in the music studied as well as library research and theoretical interpretation.

Students gain both a deeper knowledge of the world’s musics and a set of skills for discovering and communicating new knowledge about music.

The course is taught by academics and musicians at the forefront of their specialist fields, including Fay Hield, Simon Keegan-Phipps and Andrew Killick.

Playing instrument

Course content

Module information on department website

Distance learning and residentials

  • Distance learning makes this course accessible to students anywhere in the world and to those wishing to study part-time
  • Intensive residential weeks allow students to participate in lectures, practical workshops, individual tutorials and field trips
  • Online support is provided through individual e-tutorials, group discussion forums and online study materials
  • Open to applicants without a first degree in Music who have appropriate musical experience

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • World music performance workshops
  • Email tutorials
  • Supporting course texts and guidance notes

Assessment

Assessments take a variety of forms such as reports and essays. They are usually individual assessments, even if they concern the processes and outcomes of group work.

Course duration

2 years part-time by distance learning

September 2018 start

Course description 2018

Part time, distance learning

This distance learning course combines annual residential weeks in Sheffield with longer periods of internet-supported study which means students can be anywhere in the world. Traditional and world musics and their associated cultures are studied through practical methods such as fieldwork and direct participation in music-making as well as library research and theoretical interpretation. Students gain both a deeper knowledge of the music and a set of skills for discovering and communicating new knowledge about music. The courses are intended for musicians, educators and enthusiasts who want to know more about traditional and world musics and about ways of studying and understanding music in its social and cultural context.

The course shares various modules with MA Traditional Music of the British Isles, while allowing students to specialise in an area of their choice. World Music Studies is interpreted quite literally as encompassing, in principle, the study of any and all musical activity in the world: Western as well as ‘exotic’, popular as well as classical, amateur as well as professional.

Playing instrumentCourse tutors

This course is taught by qualified ethnomusicologists who have both scholarly and practical expertise in traditional and world musics: Fay Hield, Simon Keegan-Phipps and Andrew Killick.

Course content

Module information on department website

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, seminars, world music performance workshops and email tutorials with supporting course texts and guidance notes. Assessments take a variety of forms such as reports and essays, fieldnotes and recordings, and a final dissertation or folio.

Distance learning

Distance learning means most of the teaching is done through online course materials and readings supported by email, phone or Skype tutorials. You will need to attend the University for one residential each year.

Course duration

2 years part-time by distance learning

Entry requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree. If your undergraduate degree is not in music, you’ll need to provide evidence of substantial engagement with music.

We also recognise the value of experience, and may accept applications from people who have been in practice, or who bring other experience to their studies.

Please contact us to discuss your application.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Fees and funding

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Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Funding information on the Department of Music website

University and faculty funding is available each year. The closing date for applications is mid-January. The department has a small number of tuition studentships available. The closing date for these is the end of April. You can also apply for a small grant to support your postgraduate research project.

Dr Kathleen Van Buren

My research interests include African music and dance (especially from Kenya and Cameroon), the efficacy of music and musicians in promoting social change, applied ethnomusicology and medical ethnomusicology. Much of my work involves examining ways in which music can be used for community education to address issues such as HIV/AIDS and children’s rights.

Dr Kathleen Van Buren

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: music-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 0461

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.