Program Structure

Regardless of the program (major, concentration, minor, or certificate), there are three required courses:

  • Experiencing Music, developing listening and musical analysis skills,
  • Musics of the World, introducing a range of musics in diverse cultures
  • Music and Culture, introducing students to issues of particular interest in the discipline of ethnomusicology, such as the intersections between music and everyday life, migration, worship, dance, memory, identity, politics, and the music industry

Music majors must additionally complete two more music theory courses which will develop analytical skills suitable for analyzing traditional and popular music. Students have the freedom to choose their remaining music courses, so long as they meet general degree requirements (such as taking a certain number of upper-year courses).

4-Year BACS Music Major (120 credits)

  • 30 credits of the core Community Studies courses
  • 48 credits in music (15 compulsory credits, minimum of 12 credits at the 3000 level or higher)
  • 24 credits Minor subject (Students may minor in Business. Regarding the choice of a Minor subject, consultation with a Music faculty advisor is required.)
  • 18 credits Electives

Students must consult the BA and BACS degree regulations form for minimum requirements for the relevant programs in all subjects. Listed below are special or additional requirements that must also be met by students in Music and Ethnomusicology programs. See Academic Calendar for these regulations.

Students taking theory courses must have a basic level of music literacy (please see Music Theory Requirements for help determining whether you have the necessary skills and, if you don’t, some resources to help you acquire them).

Program Options

Aside from the Music Major, other music options include a Concentration (a 3-year general BA or BACS degree) in Ethnomusicology, Minor in Music, or a Certificate in Ethnomusicology. Certificate students must also complete an independent study in ethnomusicology

  • BA Concentration in Ethnomusicology (30 credits in Ethnomusicology)
  • BA Minor in Ethnomusicology (24 credits in Ethnomusicology)

Music majors have the option of taking a minor in Business, allowing them to develop skills in entrepreneurship, financial management, marketing, tourism, and other business-related topics.

Talk to your Academic Advisor about how to structure a degree in Music for the career you want.

What Is The Study of Ethnomusicology?

Ethnomusicology is the study of the contexts and processes involving the creation, performance, and reception of music. It is the study of people’s musics and the relationship between music and culture. It is about understanding what music means to particular groups of people, and the role of music in their lives. Ethnomusicology courses are central to the music major.

Ethnomusicologists study music in order to illuminate issues of politics, gender, identity, aesthetics, and social organization. It is the study of any and all musics, including traditional, popular, and western art musics. Ethnomusicologists use interdisciplinary approaches to study sounds themselves, as well as the people who make and listen to those sounds.

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