Master of Arts in Worship Studies / Ethnomusicology
Liberty University

Program Details

The study of ethnomusicology is an all encompassing field, delving into a study of music that emphasizes specific cultural, social, material, cognitive and biological contexts.  The term is translated from the Greek words ethnos (nation) and mousike (music), and is often considered the ethnography of music.  The emergence of multi-cultural interaction throughout the world has created an important field of study in music education and music performance.

The Ethnomusicology program teaches students to recognize the multiple music systems that are intrinsic to cultures just as the different written and spoken languages. The graduates who acquire the basic understanding of the music of a foreign culture can be a vital resource when gaining the trust and acceptance of its people.

The masters level curriculum combines aspects of folklore, psychology, cultural anthropology and conventional musicology with the core courses of study to give students a comprehensive understanding of the importance of music within cultural diversity.  The multiple disciplines that create the Ethnomusicology degree emphasize the necessity of educated researchers.  The field of cultural music study came into existence to study non-Western music and contrast the Western art and music, and researchers then developed analysis of cultural traits that seperated the individuals.  The study of ethnomusicology views music beyond the artistic perspective, and instead views music as a reflection of a culture.

Requirements

  • Regionally or Nationally accredited bachelor’s degree
  • A 3.0 GPA
  • Official college transcripts 
  • A pastoral recommendation

School Accreditation Statement

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.