Ethnomusicology, MA

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The MA program in music with a concentration in ethnomusicology helps students develop skills in scholarship and performance experiences. Students choose to focus on traditional or popular music of one or more of the world's musical cultures. Students have opportunities to explore performance styles through participation in ethnomusicology ensembles such as Javanese gamelan, Latin marimba, mariachi, steel pan and African drumming.

Program offered

Ethnomusicology, MA

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Program requirements

Required Core (13 credit hours)
MHL 532 Music Bibliography (3)
MHL 668 Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3)
MUP 587 Ethnomusicology Ensemble (2)
music theory (5)

Electives (9 credit hours)
music electives (6-9)
open electives (0-3)

Research (2 credit hours)
MHL 592 Research (2)

Culminating Experience (6 credit hours)
MHL 599 Thesis (6)

Additional Curriculum Information
MHL 592 Research is taken concurrently with the second semester of MUP 587 Ethnomusicology Ensemble (1).

At least 20 credit hours for the program must be in the field of ethnomusicology or related fields approved by the student's advisor, complemented by courses in music theory, performance and cultural anthropology as listed above. Appropriate elective coursework will be reviewed and approved by the academic unit prior to inclusion on the student plan of study. No more than three credit hours of musicology may apply to the music electives requirement.

Completion of diagnostic exams in music history and music theory is required of all new graduate music students prior to enrollment in courses for these programs through the ASU School of Music list above. This is tracked internally within the academic unit.

A passing grade on the foreign language exam in French, German, Italian or Spanish is required for graduation.

Additional information on degree requirements for all graduate music programs may be found on the check sheets posted under each degree here:

Information about this program

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