SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

The Music Business (Masters)

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Term 2
A look at issues of relevance to the contemporary music world, from control and ownership through to consumption and promotion. Issues relevant to Asia and Africa will be coupled to European and American examples to develop an under¬standing of music in a global context. Taught through seminars, with student participation expected. Topics may include: Music as propaganda; censorship; copyright; audiences and concert-going; composers and maestros; musicology and musicial canons; musicology vs ethnomusicology; technology; marketing and the web; the rise of “world music”; “world music” in education; the Western impact on world music; ideology and genre in pop music.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The objective of the course is to move from the theory of Ethnomusicology 1 and the regional focus of area music courses to a more embracing understanding of contemporary music, considering issues of creation, performance, listening, ownership, scholarship, marketing, and control. The course, which builds on ethnomusicology perspectives, will focus on specific music examples from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, but will also offer insights into the European art music canon.


  • One hour Lecture, one hour Seminar

Method of assessment

  • One 500 words report (worth 30%)
  • One 2 500 words essay (worth 70%)


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