SOAS University of London

Almira Farid

As a future music educator, ethnomusicology has become a highly empowering tool in reinforcing that all our voices are unique and are worthy of being listened to. 

What I have found truly unique to SOAS is its vibrant Radio Station. Taking the department's "Presenting World Music on Radio" course with BBC presenter Lucy Durán, and having opportunities to interview American Record Producer Joe Boyd one week, and then doing an on-site recording of royal court musicians during the Ooni of Ife’s visit, are all crazy, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that can only really happen at SOAS. 

SOAS has helped tremendously in opening up my eyes and ears to how culturally colourful our musical world is. As a future music educator, particularly one who will be based both in multicultural Singapore as well as the diverse region of Southeast Asia, ethnomusicology to me has become a highly empowering tool in reinforcing that all our voices are unique and are worthy of being listened to.