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World Music in the British Secondary School Curriculum

Principal supervisor: Professor Keith Howard (SOAS, University of London)

Co-supervisor: Professor Graham Welch (Institute of Education)

Recent years have seen a rapid development of the curriculum within British university music departments that involve an increase in world music/ethnomusicology courses as well as, for example, popular music, music therapy, cognition and technology courses. To date, however, there has been much less development in the two 'A' levels in Music and Music Technology: world music features through to GCSE level, but barely if at all within the two 'A' levels. This project aims to develop strategies for the introduction of world music specifications and sample assessment materials (SAMs) within British 'A' level music syllabi that match to tertiary music training and which better meet the EU social inclusion priority for those outside the traditional mainstream of Britain's multicultural society. Research will involve quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews with, and the collection of materials from, stakeholders and educators, including teachers, exam boards, and professional associations. It will juxtapose and evaluate current and proposed practices at GCSE, 'A' level, and tertiary levels. It is anticipated that the PhD when submitted will comprise a written dissertation and, in addition, a strategy document containing world music specification and SAMs for the 'A' levels in Music and Music Technology. The research student will also be expected to participate in international conferences and also to contribute to a planned on-line resource of lesson plans.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants should normally hold an MA in Ethnomusicology, Music or Music Education. Candidates with a PGCE and teaching experience in the United Kingdom are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake quantitative and qualitative research with teachers, exam boards, and professional associations, and to attend a number of international conferences. Although training will be given where needed in qualitative and quantitative methodologies, applicants are asked to state what experience they have in these areas. The successful applicant will be encouraged to attend research training programmes in both SOAS and the Institute of Education, and to work alongside the academic staff specialising in Music in both colleges.

The successful applicant will undertake a PhD for a term of 3 years, with fees at the Home-EU level plus a maintenance stipend paid by the Bloombury Colleges. Applicants who are required to pay fees at the Overseas level will need to meet the additional cost of overseas fees.

Key References

Campbell, Patricia Shehan, 2004. Teaching Music Globally. New York: Oxford University Press.

Campbell, Patricia Shehan, Keith Howard, John Drummon, Peter Dunbar-Hall, Huib Schippers and Trevor Wiggins, eds, 2005. Cultural Diversity in Music Education: Directions and Challenges for the 21st Century. Brisbane: Australian Academic Press.

Miller, Terry E., and Andrew Shahriari, 2012. World Music: A Global Journey. New York: Routledge.

Schippers, Huib, 2010. Facing the Music: Shaping Music Education from a Global Perspective. New York: Oxford University Press.

Stock, Jonathan, 1996. World Sound Matters. London: Schott.

Further details about the project may be obtained from:

Principal supervisor: Professor Keith Howard (;

Co-supervisor: Professor Graham Welch (;

Further information about PhDs at SOAS is available from:

How to apply:

Applicants must complete the attached Bloomsbury College PhD Studentship application form.

The completed Studentship application form should be returned to:

Miss Alicia Sales, Scholarships Officer, Registry, SOAS, Thornaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG

For any queries regarding the Studentship application form, please email

Applicants must also make an application for MPhil/PhD at SOAS: As the studentship is run by the Department of Music at SOAS, applicants must choose MUSIC as the programme of study on their application

The application for MPhil/PhD should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than the closing date as studentship applications must be accepted for the MPhil/PhD.

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held on Tuesday 26 March 2013.

Closing date for applications is: 1 March 2013