SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

MMus Performance

duration:
Full time: 1 calendar year. Part time: 2/3 calendar years.

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent), usually in Music

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This programme is designed for students who wish to specialise in performance while studying for an academic degree. Students have the unique opportunity to develop performance in specific Asian and African music traditions to professional standard. They acquire expert knowledge about performance and the geographical or stylistic region of their performance specialism.

The performance component of the programme, in which students choose an Asian or African performance tradition, includes practice-based research. Students study the music of a particular region alongside performance theory training. Through a range of optional modules they pursue additional interests as well.  

The programme is particularly suited to performing musicians who wish to deepen and broaden their theoretical perspectives and musical horizons. Many former students have found their performance careers enhanced, while others have gone on to engage with their performance from more critical, academic perspectives, including MPhil/PhD research.

Convenors

Structure

Students are required to take a total of 120 credits modules in addition to Performance as Research (60 credits).30 credits modules being two-terms in duration, while 15 credits modules are taught in one term only.  In addition to these formal elements, students may attend postgraduate and public seminars and may also participate in performance ensemble classes and other activities. 

Students may be allowed to study for the MA on a part-time basis.

  • The part-time MMus may be taken over two years, in which case the student takes two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) in the first year, and two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) and the dissertation in the second year.
  • Alternatively, it can be taken over three years, in which case the student can distribute the 120 credits modules evenly in each of the three years. The dissertation can be written in year two or three, but it is strongly recommended that this be undertaken in the final year of the programme. It must be submitted in September of the year in which the student registers for it.

Programme Specification

The formal elements of the MMus Performance programme are:

  • The Music in Global Perspective compulsory module (15 credits); part-time students must normally take this in year 1.
  • Performance compulsory module (30 credits).
    Performance lessons in a vocal or instrumental tradition from their selected region. Examined by a public recital in May-June (for part-time students: in May-June of year 1) and by coursework.
  • Performance as Research (equivalent to the dissertation on other Music programmes) (60 credits) 
    Further study of the same tradition as under the above, but with a more specific research focus. Examined by a public recital in September (for part-time students: in September of the final year) and by coursework.
  • Student must select modules to the value of 15 credits from List A
  • Student must select modules to the value of 30 credits from list A,B or C
  • Student must also select modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of recommended options.

Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Music in Global Perspective 15PMUH031 15 Term 2
Performance 15PMUC002 30 Full Year
Performance As Research 15PMUC008 1 Full Year
List A: Area Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 15 Term 1
Atlantic Africa: Musical Rebels and Divas 15PMUH029 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Atlantic Africa: Players in the Mediation of African Popular Music 15PMUH027 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Ethnicity, Religion and Gender in Middle Eastern Musical cultures 15PMUH024 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Indian vocal music: Styles and histories 15PMUH025 15 Term 2
Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival 15PMUH011 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Music in Africa: Critical Listening 15PMUH028 15 Term 2
Music in Africa: Travelling on a Song 15PMUH026 15 Term 1
Music, Nation and Conflict in Jerusalem 15PMUH022 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 15 Term 1
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Sacred Sound in South Asia 15PMUH021 15 Term 1
List B: Additional Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Analysing World Music: Transcription & Analysis in Ethnomusicology 15PMUH004 15 Term 2
Composition 15PMUH013 15 Term 1
Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 15 Term 2
The Music Business (Masters) 15PMUH003 15 Term 2
Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology 15PMUH030 15 Term 1
List C: Modules Taught at King's College

Students may also take approved modules from Kings College Department of Music (see this link for available options: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/music/study/handbook/programmes/pgt/mods16-17.aspx Please check with modules tutors at King’s for requirements.

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The Department of Music has been highly rated for teaching and research in all recent assessment exercises, and is regularly ranked amongst the top Music departments in the UK in Good University Guides.

Music students have access to the large Main Library of the School which holds numerous books, journals and recordings relevant to the study of ethnomusicology and world music, as well as the nearby British Library Sound Archive and other London libraries and museums.

The SOAS Library holds copies of standard reference works on music, such as the current edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. The Grove dictionary and the RILM database can also be accessed on line from computer terminals in the Library or elsewhere on the SOAS network. Listening facilities are provided in the Library, and most CDs are available on short loan. Among special items in the Department’s collections are:

  • field recordings, films and slides
  • a large working collection of musical instruments from Asia and Africa
  • extensive staff collections relating to specific research interests

Performance

The Convenor will communicate by email and through meetings with all students taking Performance or Performance as Research, and must be approached for official approval of your choice of performance tradition and teacher. Such approval is signalled by the
Convenor’s signature on the Department’s standard “Performance study application form”, available from the Faculty office and online. No lessons should be taken until this form has been signed.

The staff member most closely related to your chosen tradition acts as a Sub-convenor and should be your first point of contact for any matters pertaining to the specific tradition you are studying. Convenor and Sub-convenor will liaise as necessary.

The Department will not support training in “Western” vocal or instrumental traditions. Subsidy towards the cost of lessons: The Department will pay for approved external tuition, up to a maximum amount agreed at the start of the session (currently £500 for Performance and £300 for Performance as Research). Please be aware that the cost of regular performance lessons might exceed these amounts; any excess must be paid by the student. 

Claims for reimbursement must be submitted using the standard Music Performance Lesson Reimbursement Form available from the convenor, accompanied by a signed receipt or invoice from the teacher. Claims cannot be accepted after the examination. The student is also responsible for arranging regular lesson times, negotiating lesson fees, and obtaining access to any necessary instrument. You will receive an Information Sheet for External Teachers, describing payment procedures, the teacher’s obligations, and so forth; you should read through this together with your teacher at the earliest opportunity.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
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Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

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John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

A postgraduate degree in Music Performance from SOAS gives students improved competency in performance and a better understanding of global music which will enable them to continue in the field of research or engage in related work. Equally, they develop a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and creative capacities including interpersonal skills, communication skills, focus, team work, passion and dedication. A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Specific Graduate Destinations

  • Helen Evans is an Education Officer for the Asian Music Circuit.
  • Jo Shaw (née Hoskin) was gamelan co-ordinator for the London Symphony Orchestra’s educational Discovery programme, but is moving on to set up her own Indonesian music and dance programme in southwest England.
  • Sarah Hall has worked as India regional director for two different charities.
  • Jon Kertzer directed the Smithsonian Global Sound Network and is now working on the business development of the Microsoft MSN Music Service.
  • Hélène Rammant is a Producer for BBC Radio 3, specialising in World Music.
  • Megan Jones is a Producer in the Music Department of BBC Cymru Wales.
  • Katie Vickers (née Hall) is a music Marketing Officer for the South Bank Centre, London.
  • Sally Pomme Clayton is a storyteller and lecturer on world oral traditions at Middlesex University.
  • Rachel Ireland first served as executive assistant at the Great Britain-Sasakawa Foundation and is now Executive Officer, Operations for the London-based charity Youth Music.
  • Chua Siew Ling is a music officer in the Ministry of Education in Singapore.
  • Louise Taylor was an administrator for Folkworks at the Sage Gateshead music centre, and has now moved on to a related community post in Newcastle.
  • Elie Gussman is an Education Officer for the Asian Music Circuit. London.
  • Nobuko Miyazaki is an Education Officer for the Asian Music Circuit, London.
  • Many other MMus graduates continue on to do MPhil/PhD research. Others return, enhanced, to their previous careers. For example, Belinda Sykes is Professor of Medieval Song at Trinity College of Music and singer and director of the Arabic and European medieval song ensemble Joglaresa.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

The enthusiasm that the lecturers have in their subjects is infectious and it ensures everybody succeeds. The extra curricular music scene is pretty unique and seriously enjoyable, one day you could be playing the kora, the next, gigging with the Cuban Big Band, the next, looking after Mory Kante and talking music with him after a gig in the Brunei Gallery! It’s all here under one roof.

Liam Barnard

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