Postgraduate MA

Popular Music and Culture

Immerse yourself in popular music and culture, from the grass roots of the Leeds scene to vernacular music in all its forms worldwide.

Popular Music and Culture

Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    1 Year
  • Start date

    16 Sep 2024

Be part of a lively popular-music research community that embraces a wide variety of popular music and work alongside performers, composers and studio producers.

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Join peers with backgrounds in music, cultural studies, music journalism, sociology, live music promotion and the creative arts
  • Explore today’s local live music scene and its connection to the wider industry
  • Discover the interconnectedness of popular music and cultures worldwide
  • Engage with the multiple modes of popular music such as audio, video and still images
  • Use ethnographic and analytical methods to gain an understanding of popular music styles and cultures
  • Discuss the ways in which popular music is produced, mediated, celebrated and sold to audiences through the use of cultural codes, symbols and signs
  • Take a closer look at popular music history, how it's curated, constructed and circulated
  • Investigate how popular music heritage has been represented, mobilized and interpreted

Expert practitioners
You’ll benefit from being taught by a highly skilled and experienced teaching team. This includes professional international performer Dr Sue Miller, who has published widely on popular music, practice research (‘Capturing Liveness’) and Latin music (‘Improvising Sabor, Cuban Dance Music in New York’), Dr Paul Thompson (‘Creativity in the Recording Studio’) and Dr Tenley Martin (‘Transnational Flamenco’).  Both Dr Miller and Dr Thompson have collaborated on British Academy funded practice research projects in popular music.

Industry links
You’ll have the chance to network with industry professionals on the course and through our guest lecture series. Previous speakers have included the musician and sound designer Suzanne Ciani, multimedia artist and author Paul D Miller AKA DJ Spooky, and Production/Tour Manager Simon Green (Wu Tang Clan). 

We also have fantastic links with local and national music, arts and festival organisations, which help ensure you get the most from your course.

Why study Popular Music and Culture at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. You'll be taught by a highly skilled, experienced teaching team, including researchers, lecturers and practitioners
  2. Study within Leeds School of Arts - one of the largest university arts communities in the north, with 3000 students spread across over 40 courses
  3. Study within Leeds School of Arts- one of the largest university arts communities in the north, with 3000 students spread across 40 courses, ideal for creative collaborations
  4. Network with industry professionals
  5. Develop your postgraduate academic skills for further research and other forms of career development

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