Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology program offers in-depth instruction on the world’s music and cultures. The program will to cover topics such as ethnomusicology foundations, music education, and ethnomusicologist responsibility. Students within the program will also have the opportunity to evaluate current trends, research, and performances found within the field of ethnomusicology. Upon completion of the program, students may find careers as a musician or pastor.

The program is designed to have four main educational elements. Within the Scholarship and Research part of the program, students will have the opportunity to learn about ethnomusicology history, read academic papers, and evaluate a variety of application techniques within the field. The Skill Development section provides students instruction on the world’s music theories, annotations, transcription processes, and cultures. The Performance section requires students to participate in an ethnic music performance or ensemble. The last section, called Application, requires students to apply their knowledge to an internship and towards the completion of a thesis project.

The program is delivered entirely online. However, the program’s residency requires students to complete two, on-campus intensives. Intensives are one-week long, accelerated courses that provide students the opportunity to collaborate with other students and instructors within classes and workshops. The program’s intensives are only offered in the summer.

To successfully earn the certificate, students must complete 45 credit hours. The required 45 credits are divided into 36 Foundational Studies and nine Elective credits. Some Foundational Studies courses are Introduction to Ethnomusicology, Resources & Materials in Ethnomusicology, Research Methods in Ethnomusicology. To complete the elective requirement, students must complete two courses that focus on music found within a particular region, culture, or religion. Some of the elective’s focuses are Native America, Islam, China, and Africa.

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