Welcome to the Music Department
The Music Department, situated within SOAS' School of Arts, has played a leading role in the development of the discipline of ethnomusicology in the UK. Amongst other initiatives, it has been instrumental in developing the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, the internationally acclaimed journal Ethnomusicology Forum, and the Routledge SOAS Studies in Music book series.
Our academic staff are leading authorities on the traditional and popular musics of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and their diasporas. We offer a wide range of unique courses, and performance, research and industry=related skills are integral to all our programmes.
Many staff and senior students are involved in professional performance, composition and music production, and the proud recipients of international awards and even Grammy nominations. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a range of sectors, from professional performance, academia, radio and print journalism, to composition for film, theatre and digital gaming, music education, and in arts-based charities and international NGOs.