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Ethnomusicology - M.A.

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural associations of music with our Ethnomusicology graduate degree. Gain global coverage, theoretical perspectives, and opportunities to communicate effectively within and outside the field. Enroll now to start your journey towards a career in world music or continued doctoral studies.

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Program Information

Program Description

Full Description

The Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology is designed to offer students a solid foundation in regional studies of music style, performance practice, history and cultural associations in order to prepare students for continued graduate studies at the doctoral level and/or public sector careers in world music. The program integrates theoretical perspectives relevant to the discipline with these practical aims, so that students can communicate effectively with persons within and outside the field of ethnomusicology.

While a balanced global coverage is emphasized, Kent State music faculty focus on studies in Central Africa, mainland Southeast Asia, East Asia, the Caribbean, North and South America and the Middle East, as well as popular music studies. Theoretical concerns include sociocultural identity, semiotics, gender studies, politics and power, ritual studies, globalization and hybridity, as well as studies in inter-related arts (e.g., dance and theatre).

Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Résumé
  • Goal statement(s)
  • Academic paper written in English
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 525 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 71 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 74 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.0 IELTS score
    • Minimum 50 PTE score
    • Minimum 100 Duolingo test score

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program are able to:

  1. Recognize, identify, interpret and discuss theoretical concerns and important contributions of historical figures in the field of ethnomusicology, as well as representative music styles from different historical periods, countries and ethnic populations.
  2. Demonstrate and apply fieldwork techniques including proficiency with photography, videography and audio recording, interviewing and participant-observation research.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to plan and execute an efficient and productive lecture presentation in an academic setting for use at professional conferences, concert performances and classroom teaching that includes time management, clear and effective explanation, efficient use of multi-media and successful question and answer interactions.
  4. Utilize and discuss theoretical issues related to ethnomusicology and related disciplines, such as socio-cultural identity, semiotics, gender studies, politics and power, ritual studies, globalization and hybridity.
  5. Identify, explain and utilize performance pedagogy.
  6. Analyze compositional forms, appropriate to the specific vocal or instrumental areas of study.
  7. Display performance and interpretation skills in music.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
MUS 55314WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE (taken three times for 1 credit hour each)3
MUS 61173WORLD MUSIC ANALYSIS 3
MUS 62411MUSIC BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESEARCH METHODS 2
MUS 62412INTRODUCTION TO ETHNOMUSICOLOGY 3
MUS 62414ISSUES AND TRENDS IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY 3
Major Electives, choose from the following:6
MUS 52111
AFRICAN MUSIC AND CULTURES
MUS 52131
MUSIC OF THE UNITED STATES
MUS 52141
FOLK MUSIC OF EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA
MUS 52151
ASIAN MUSICS
MUS 52161
HISTORY OF JAZZ
MUS 52181
POPULAR WORLD MUSIC
MUS 62171
MUSIC FROM WORLD CULTURES
Seminar Elective, choose from the following:3
MUS 62281
SEMINAR IN MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE
MUS 62601
SEMINAR IN MUSICS OF AFRICA
MUS 62602
SEMINAR IN MUSICS OF THE AMERICAS
MUS 62603
SEMINAR IN MUSICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
MUS 62604
SEMINAR IN MUSICS OF EAST ASIA
MUS 62606
SEMINAR IN MUSICS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA
Non-Ethnomusicology-Focused Course 13
Culminating Requirement
Choose from the following: 26
MUS 68092
GRADUATE INTERNSHIP
MUS 68099
CAPSTONE PROJECT
MUS 68199
THESIS I
Minimum Total Credit Hours:32
1

Students are expected to take a non-ethnomusicology focused course from an outside discipline (e.g. anthropology, music education) approved by the ethnomusicology faculty.

2

For the culminating experience, all students selecting must pass a final oral examination.

Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus
Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Music

OUTCOMES/OBJECTIVES

Literature

Students recognize, identify, interpret and discuss theoretical concerns and important contributions of historical figures in the field of ethnomusicology, as well as representative music styles from different historical periods, countries and ethnic populations.

Fieldwork techniques

Students demonstrate and apply fieldwork techniques including proficiency with photography, videography, and audio recording, interviewing, and participant-observation research.

Oral Presentation techniques

Students demonstrate the ability to plan and execute an efficient and productive lecture presentation in an academic setting for use at professional conferences, concert performances, and classroom teaching that includes time management, clear and effective explanation, efficient use of multi-media, and successful question and answer interactions.

Theoretical study

Students utilize and discuss theoretical issues related to ethnomusicology and related disciplines, such as socio-cultural identity, semiotics, gender studies, politics and power, ritual studies, globalization and hybridity.

Analysis and pedagogy

Students identify, explain, and utilize performance pedagogy, as well as analyze compositional forms, appropriate to the specific vocal or instrumental areas of study.
Performance Students display performance and interpretation skills in music through discussion and participation in rehearsals and through the resulting musical product in concert settings.

Oral examination

Students take a two-hour, comprehensive, oral examination administered by a faculty committee covering the specific degree area, music history and music theory. Students also discuss and defend their thesis as part of the oral examination.

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary

5.6%

faster than the average

116,300

number of jobs

$69,690

potential earnings

Archivists

7.9%

faster than the average

8,100

number of jobs

$56,760

potential earnings

Curators

12.6%

much faster than the average

14,500

number of jobs

$56,990

potential earnings

Musicians and singers

0.9%

little or no change

175,600

number of jobs

$N/A

potential earnings

Music directors and composers

1.7%

slower than the average

58,000

number of jobs

$52,250

potential earnings

Museum technicians and conservators

11.6%

much faster than the average

14,800

number of jobs

$45,710

potential earnings

Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.