Ethnomusicology Courses - MA

Degree offered: Music MA, Concentration in Musicology
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MUET 5030 - Music Cultures of the World
3 hours
Selected survey of music cultures of the world. Examination of musical traditions from a perspective that emphasizes music as an integral part of society and culture.

MUET 5040 - Ethnomusicology Studies Abroad
3–6 hours
Study and experience music cultures in their traditional settings. Field school locations include Africa, India and China. On-site visits to celebrations, ceremonies and rituals are combined with instruction by traditional musicians and guest lectures by cultural bearers. Musical traditions are studied from a perspective that emphasizes participant-observation.
Meets with MUET 3040.
Open to majors from all fields of study. No formal musical training required. May be repeated for credit as topics/locations vary.

MUET 5050 - Music of Africa
3 hours
Study of musical experience in African life. How does music function in everyday life, in ritual and ceremony? When does music happen and for what reasons? What are the social and political horizons of musical events? How has musical experience changed in contemporary life? These questions are explored in relation to African music, ranging from the complex vocal polyphony of the Mbuti Pygmies of the Itui Forest to the worldwide explosion of Afro Pop.
Meets with MUET 3050.
Open to majors of all fields. No formal musical training is needed to successfully complete this course.

MUET 5060 - African-American Music
3 hours
Exploration of the experiences of blacks in the Americas vis-à-vis music. In particular, critical examination of the long trajectory of “black music” in the United States, making reference first to its West African antecedents. Consideration of ways that the term “black music” is deployed politically and its appropriateness as a descriptive and analytical category. Exploring the permeability of the sacred and secular in African-American cultural experience, we will interrogate the musical, philosophical, and behavioral links between a Saturday night crowd and a Sunday morning people.

MUET 5070 - Studies in Asian Music
3 hours
Historical developments and current issues in Asian music. Select music cultures are studied from an ethnomusicological perspective.
May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

MUET 5080 - Studies in Latin American Music
3 hours
Study of the traditional and popular music of Latin America in its cultural context using theoretical approaches of ethnomusicology and related disciplines. Countries and topics may vary.
May be repeated as topics vary.

MUET 5090 - Music of India
3 hours
Development of Indian music from Vedic times to the present day. Overview of North Indian classical music, a detailed study of South Indian classical music systems, and a selected survey of folk music from different regions of India.

MUET 5210 - Seminar in Ethnomusicology
3 hours
Selected topics in ethnomusicology: current theoretical and practical issues in the discipline.
May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

MUET 5220 - Ethnomusicology Field and Research Methods
3 hours
Exploration of the relationship between shifting theoretical research paradigms and how they have affected field methodology. Close readings of representative ethnographies, several short field assignments and reports, and a field research project, resulting in a final paper.

MUET 5230 - Ethnomusicology Transcription and Analysis
3 hours
History of musical transcription in ethnomusicology; theoretical approaches to sound recordings and their analysis; practical instruction in transcription, including technological applications.

MUET 5617 - African Music and Movement
3 hours
Study of selected African drum music and development of related traditional movement skills through studio performance. Movement will be compared and contrasted with various African dance styles, while exploring their cultural basis, recreational and social uses, and artistic and educational values.
May be repeated for credit.