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Study Jewish Music at SOAS

You can study Jewish music at SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, from practical weekly classes in klezmer and Jewish song to undergraduate degrees in Aspects of Jewish Music and The Music of the Jews for postgraduates.

University of London

Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG, UK

SOAS, School of Oriental and African Studies
Department of Music at SOAS

Jewish Music Courses—Classes, Workshops, Summer Schools

Studying Jewish music at SOAS

The Music Department at SOAS (School of Oriental and Africa Studies) runs BA, MMus and PhD degree programmes; all focus on world music, with the opportunity to specialize in regional traditions including Jewish musics, and to receive high-level training in performance. In the BA, Music can be combined with language studies, Development Studies, Anthropology and many other academic disciplines, while PhD projects can be practice-led, fieldwork-based, or theoretical.

Scholarship support is available for Jewish Music studies at SOAS via the recently inaugurated JMI Mildred Loss Studentships. Please contact Abigail Wood for application details. Specialist research resources include the JMI library, housed at SOAS.

See Jewish Music Course on SOAS Music Department Website

BA Music Studies

Jewish music course options currently include:

  • Aspects of Jewish Music (2nd/3rd year)
  • Popular Music and Politics in Israel (2nd/3rd year)
  • Klezmer music: roots and revival (2nd/3rd year)
  • Performance options: klezmer (1st year); free choice of performance study (2nd and 3rd yars)
  • Independent study projects on topics in Jewish music

Jewish music is also covered within survey courses including:

  • Sounds and cultures (1st year)
  • Gender and music (2nd/3rd year)

Single-subject BA Music students have the option of taking courses from other departments, which include Hebrew language, and courses on Judaism and Jewish texts and courses on Israeli culture and history.

MMus Ethnomusicology/Music Performance

MMus students specialise either in ethnomusicology or performance. Taught course options include many of the above. In addition, the student will prepare a dissertation and/or performance(s) in an area of their choice.

PhD studies

PhD studies in Jewish Music are available at SOAS; contact Abigail Wood in the first instance to discuss options.

Informal studies

The JMI klezmer classes, held at SOAS on Tuesday evenings, are open to all - students and non-students. For further details, contact

Abigail Wood, Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music, from November 2007

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last modified: 8 March 2009

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