Please note: the MA in Music has been withdrawm from 2012.
You can take the modules offered on this programme as part of the MMus programme. Click here to find out more.
ICMuS has a unique focus in both its teaching and its research on ‘critical’ and ‘radicalising’ developments within the discipline of musicology (click here for staff research interests in musicology). There is strong agreement among scholars here that musicology needs constant renewal from outside itself, hence the strong interdisciplinary emphasis in our research and teaching in musicology (click here form more on this). Staff at ICMuS have specialisms in recent cultural theories of music (psychoanalysis, political theory and philosophy, recent developments in continental philosophy, gender studies, gay lesbian and bisexual studies, studies in transsexuality, listening ecologies and so on), music analysis and historical musicology (early music to circa 1700, nineteenth- and twentieth-century music).
Staff at ICMuS are uniquely placed to deliver this rich and challenging programme, with experienced teachers and researchers delivering the curriculum. The programme is designed to help you develop a firm and critical grasp of disciplinary developments since the so-called 'new musicology' and to develop your own voice in relation to those developments. You will be introduced to a range of theoretical models for the study of music, and will be taught how to think your way through some of the more contested fields of study, and how to develop your writing in response to those fields. A particular emphasis is placed in this programme on understanding the political, ideological and epistemological underpinnings of the discipline. If you are not interested in questioning the basis for your own ideas of the world and how music works in it, then this programme is definitely not for you. If, conversely, you are interested in thinking about how music can engage in political work, how thinking about that work can transform our understanding of music's political potential and how our assumptions about the meanings and uses of music shape our world, then this programme is for you.