The scope of this course was created to introduce you to the discipline of ethnomusicology as a means through which to learn about musical practices from different regions of the world, as well as music related to your own background and experience.
This course will provide you with a working knowledge of the discipline of ethnomusicology including its intellectual history, major theoretical premises, analytical techniques, and research methodologies. We will explore a diverse set of case studies examining music as social life from different societies throughout the world, and use these as a means to expand upon the broader topics introduced. During this course you will apply the knowledge you gain, in order to conduct your own ethnographic fieldwork and research, as well as consider the various intersections of ethnomusicology and music education. This course emphasizes reading, writing, original research, and online discussion forums.
The course is divided into four main sections:
- Foundations of Ethnomusicology
- Ethnomusicological Case Studies – Part 1
- Ethnomusicology: Practical Applications and Music Education
- Ethnomusicological Case Studies – Part 2