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MAMusic: Critical Musicology pathway

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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The Critical Musicology pathway aims to equip you with core historical and analytical skills as well as the enabling you to operate in a field that is broadly interdisciplinary. At the heart of this pathway is the Thinking about Music module. This is a historically oriented module in aesthetics, whose raison d’être lies in the conviction that, if musicologists are truly to benefit from reading theory, they first need a solid grounding in the philosophical tradition from which its most significant writers stem. The module ranges from Kant and Hegel to postmodernism, taking in the work of such hugely influential figures as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Adorno.

Programme structure

This pathway will be led by Amy Brosius and Ben Earle. Amy’s interdisciplinary approach to musicology relies on methodologies employed in Gender studies, Anthropology, American Performance studies, Sociology, and Art History, with specific focus on Butler, Feld, Schechner, and Bourdieu. Ben’s theoretical interests are mainly in the Frankfurt School tradition, especially Adorno and Jameson. Relevant publications include articles in Music & Letters (2003), Radical Musicology (2007) and Matthew Riley (ed.), British Music and Modernism, 1895–1960 (2010).

You will study three core modules:

Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
Music Research Colloquium
Introduction to Musicology
You will also choose one optional module and complete a 15,000-word musicology dissertation.

Career opportunities

Over the past five years, 96% of Music postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Whilst some graduates pursue music-related careers, others choose to use their transferable skills to follow career paths in fields including finance, the media and the public sector.

Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include:
Arts Council England;
Birmingham Conservatoire;
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group;
Coventry City Council Performing Arts Service;
Lancaster University;
National Opera Studio;
National Orchestra;
Raffles Institution;
and Royal Northern College of Music.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States