One thing seems a certainty from our coping with lockdown; we’ll be doing a lot more online in the future. recognising this, the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield has slashed the costs for their distance learning programmes from £21,100 to £8,500 for all students (international and home).
Their MA in Traditional and World Music encompasses “the study of any and all musical activity in the world: Western as well as ‘exotic’, popular as well as classical, amateur as well as professional.” One of the tutors will be very familiar; Fay Hield, who combines a life as a highly regarded folk artist and that of an academic. Some of her academic work shines a light into the funny old world us folkies inhabit, such as this paper ‘Anything goes? Recognising norms, leadership and moderating behaviours at folk clubs in England’.
This part-time distance learning course can be completed online, at home, when it suits you. The course is intended for musicians, educators and other enthusiasts who want to understand music in its social and cultural context. The course is studied through practical methods such as fieldwork and direct participation in music-making, as well as library research and theoretical interpretation. The course starts with a residential in August 2021.
Applications are now open and scholarships are available. More details at sheffield.ac.uk