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Department of Music

Presenting World Music On Radio

Course Code:
155800076
Unit value:
0.5
Taught in:
Term 2

This course focuses on developing practical skills required in presenting and producing world music on radio, primarily with reference to the BBC, and to a lesser extent, to community radio in the UK, though other radio styles and formats will be reviewed. 

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

Students will learn how to use radio as a resource for the study and appreciation of music in a critical way, and develop their knowledge of various music traditions and archival resources in the process of selecting and/or recording music for their own course work. They will also learn about issues surrounding the marketing and representation of world music. Each student will have the opportunity to act as presenter and producer in the creation and realisation of a radio programme.

Workload

2 hours per week (Term 2 only)

Scope and syllabus

Students will be given a brief overview of the history of world music on BBC radio, taking into consideration such issues as representation and global vs local marketting, and will be introduced to current BBC script formats and presentation styles for different types of programme, such as documentary features, arts magazines, and DJ led shows. They will also learn how to research library, online, and archival resources for recordings, and how to document and present this process. Students will also be encouraged to be creative in their approach and develop their own personal “voice” in the presentation and production of programmes. 

The roles of both presenter and producer will be discussed and tried out, for the following aspects of programme creation:

  1. formulating ideas for programme content and writing proposals for programmes;
  2. writing and reading scripts;
  3. researching music, putting together playlists, writing playlists out for websites and PRS;
  4. learning how to conduct effective interviews;
  5. developing a suitable presenter “voice”;
  6. learning to use the microphone on air, either solo or as a host in round table discussions.
  7. Technical training: although the emphasis in the course is on the roles of presenter and producer, there will also be opportunities for training in editing and recording.

There will also be opportunities for students to visit BBC Radio 3 with the course tutor.

Method of assessment

100% Coursework

Suggested reading

• Furniss, Graham & Fardon, Richard (eds) (2000): African broadcast cultures: radio in transition
• Rough Guides to World Music, 4th edition, 2006 vols 1 & 2
• Garland Encyclopaedia of World Music
• Rough Guide to World Music series
• Putumayo World Music Series