Notable Achievements in SOAS's Music Department
The year 2008-9 marked some notable achievements for members and associates of the Music Department at SOAS. For example, in the Research Assessment Exercise, 80% of Music’s submission was graded 3* (internationally excellent) or 4* (world-leading quality): the highest result across the school. Lucy Duran and her team of scholars were awarded a grant of £496,872 for the three-year project "Growing into Music: a multicultural study of musical enculturation in oral traditions." On the teaching side, the Music Department has developed new courses on popular music in Atlantic Africa, pop and politics in East Asia, and music and religion in South East Asia. Our Masters and PhD students are increasingly producing performance-centred “practice-based research” projects which this year have included contemporary composition for Japanese shakuhachi, a comparison of Turkish and Arabic ney, and the evolution of the Cuban drum kit. The SOAS Musicology Series, published by Ashgate, has issued six new titles this year, including The Making of a Musical Canon in Chinese Central Asia by Rachel Harris, and Touraj Kiaras and Persian Classical Music by Owen Wright.