MA in Popular Music at Western‏

MA in Popular Music and Culture
Western University
London, Ontario, Canada

The Faculty of Information and Media Studies and The Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University (London, Ontario, Canada) are now accepting applications for our joint MA program in Popular Music and Culture. The due date for applications is 1 February 2013. Complete applications received by this date will be given priority consideration. Details are available here: 

Western’s MA in Popular Music and Culture draws on the scholarly strengths and resources of two faculties to provide students with a cross-disciplinary platform for studying popular music in its cultural, industrial, and musical forms. Students can use this program to prepare for doctoral studies in Media Studies, Musicology and related disciplines, or to prepare for professional careers in media-related industries or government service.

Students work with distinguished faculty to harness a range of expertise that includes music history, music theory, musical performance, gender and feminist theory, copyright law, recording practice, songwriting, film music, gaming, television culture, journalism, visual arts, political economy, cultural theory, cultural history, information technology, cyberculture, music education, human-computer interaction, ethnomusicology, critical race studies, and more.

Students can choose one of three streams: a thesis stream, a creative project stream with research paper, or a course-based stream. Faculty work closely with students, one-to-one and in small seminars, to devise, develop, and deliver their final projects.

Financial support includes a highly competitive funding package. Students have ample opportunities to act as Teaching and Research Assistants across both faculties.

Western University provides several state-of-the-art facilities for graduate research in popular music, including one of North America’s leading music libraries, a digital recording studio, and the Interdisciplinary Media Centre for multimedia work and research.

The University is located on a beautiful campus in London, halfway between Toronto and Detroit. Recognized in the areas of medicine, education, and the arts, London is an affordable, medium-sized city within a day’s drive of such major urban centres as Montreal, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York.

Admission enquiries: Shelley Long (Graduate Programs Support):
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