Information Literacy and Research Skills
Designed to assist students with becoming information literate. How to locate, identify, and critically evaluate and use print and electronic information effectively and ethically.
Basic literature and schools of thought in field of ethnomusicology and related social science fields. I: Late 19th century to 1980s. II: 1960s to Present.
I: Basic research techniques and perspectives on conducting research and writing it up in ethnomusicology. II: Introduction to basic ethnographic fieldwork techniques and practices in ethnomusicology.
Ethnomusicology graduate students are required to participate in World Music performance ensembles for at least 6 quarters. Learn more about the performance ensembles.
Examination of theoretical writings that shaped foundations of anthropology as scholarly discipline. Consideration of writings of Durkheim, Weber, Marx, and others. (Required only for students pursuing a specialization in music and anthropology.)
Examination of development of major schools of sociocultural thought during middle decades of 20th century. Emphasis on formation of sociocultural theories, concepts, and methodologies found in contemporary anthropology. (Required only for students pursuing a specialization in music and anthropology.)
Examination of selected contemporary works and issues in field of sociocultural anthropology. (Required only for students pursuing a specialization in music and anthropology.)

Elective Courses

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Students may select additional elective courses from other departments and programs within the school of music.
Audiovisual Archiving in 21st Century
Examination of history, present state, and future of audiovisual archives, with specific focus on ethics, copyright, contracts, fieldwork, preservation, and access and issues related to technology, space, budgets, and staffing.
Basic literature and schools of thought in field of ethnomusicology from late 19th century to 1980s.
Current issues, basic literature, and schools of thought in field of ethnomusicology from 1980s to present.
Comprehensive overview of critical approaches to aesthetics in systematic musicology. Exploration of aesthetics and philosophy of music, sociology of music, critical theory, hermeneutics, and music criticism.
Basic skills for research on and about music that is essential to student careers as ethnomusicologists, specifically information technology skills, acoustics, and representational tools for nonlinguistic acoustic phenomena. Basic understanding of acoustics, ability to represent sounds in various graphic forms appropriate to them, and ability to locate and organize information sources related to field of ethnomusicology.
Designed to show how theory and primary research cannot exist without each other, and how various authors have integrated theoretical writings and ideas with their ethnographic or historical data. Reading of several recent ethnographies, mostly about music and possibly historical studies, in tandem with theoretical writings that inform arguments of these books.
Survey of representative musical styles of Native North American Indians, including problems of transcription, methods of analysis, symbolic implications of song texts. Emphasis on interrelationship between music and cultural context. Influence of Western music in acculturative contexts.
Review of bibliographic, methodological, and philosophical bases of musical research in Latin America, working from both general and specific perspectives. Exploration of research problems and investigations on specific musical cultures and distinct genres of musical expression.
In-depth examination of intellectual history of African American music scholarship. Intensive investigation of problems, theories, interdisciplinary methods/schools of research, and bibliography related to study of African American music.
Historical and analytical examination of African American music in California, including history, migration patterns, and urbanism to determine their impact on development of African American music in California.
Major issues in study of Balkan music, including song text analysis, music instruments, dance music, rituals and customs, minorities, and ideology.
European classical, popular, and traditional musics, with particular attention to way in which music mirrors, negotiates, and contests ideas about and practices of national and other forms of identity, ideas developed in other domains of discourse and practice such as philosophy, history, literature, art, and folklore. Examination of way musicians, ordinary people, and politicians have used music to affect political processes involved in contesting and resolving tensions created between and among these identity formations. Historical period coverage primarily from 19th and 20th centuries, with examples from all over European continent.
Review of literature on European traditional and popular music, with special attention to modern issues and processes.
Introduction to music of various African cultures and regions. Through readings, lectures, viewing of films, and analysis of music, students gain greater understanding of diverse musical traditions found on African continent and become more cognizant of contributions that people of Africa have made to world music.
Analysis of literature and schools of thought in African music scholarship from late 19th century to present, including some analysis of musical, historical, social, and cultural aspects of indigenous and contemporary art forms.
Investigation of historical and cultural backgrounds, main musical styles, relationship between theory and practice and emphasis on mode and improvisation, and 20th- and 21st-century trends in music of Arabic-speaking Near East. 
Comparative study of music of Iran and other related areas, including Turkey, with particular reference to their historical and cultural background, sources on music theory and aesthetics, instruments, style, technique of improvisation, and contemporary practice.
Study of history, theory, and practice of north and south Indian classical music. Emphasis on music history and traditional theory and analysis of present-day forms, styles, techniques, and musical instruments.
Political imperatives have long had direct and often explicit impact on music sound and context in East Asia. Examination of interaction of ideology and musical practice in medieval Korea and in contemporary Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and China.
Emphasis on music and related performing arts of Java, Bali, and other Indonesian islands.
Presentation of materials concerning musical performance traditions of Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Burma, both in mainland Southeast Asia and in American context, with perspectives from archaeology, history, performance theory, applied anthropology, and ethnomusicology. 
Through critical reading of publications by scholars, officials, and culture-bearers involved in intangible cultural heritage policy and practice, examination of history of heritage conservation; concepts of tangible and intangible heritage; pioneering roles of Japan, South Korea, and UNESCO in making intangible cultural heritage a focal point of much cultural policy worldwide; tensions among international ideals, nation-state nationalisms, regionalism, ethnicity, and indigeneity in creating intangible cultural heritage policies in different settings; U.S. equivalents to intangible cultural heritage policies and practices in other countries; roles of private individuals, community initiative, and professional organizations in cultural preservation schemes; and related concept of sustainability.
Survey of traditional, popular, and Western-influenced musics currently widespread in China, including musical analysis of different genres; examination of contexts in which they exist. Investigation of profound effect of Confucian and Communist ideologies on music.
Survey of musics from China’s border regions and neighboring countries: technical musical characteristics and important contextual issues related to traditional and modern styles from Mongolia, Uighurs of Xinjiang, Tibet, Tibeto-Burman peoples, Hmong, and indigenous peoples of Taiwan.
Designed to foster in-depth understanding of gender in study of music as culture. Topics range from ethnography of gender and sexuality, (de)codification of messages of resistance, and gender representation to gendered politics via musical production.
xamination of selected book-length ethnographies, most published in last 10 years, as both literary genre and research procedure.
Investigation of theoretical paradigms, issues, and research models of popular music, with emphasis on world music genres, local/global markets, mass mediation, appropriation and aesthetics of style, ethnographic methods, and impact of popular music studies on ethnomusicology.
Theoretical and methodological issues in study of city as cultural entity that affects and is affected by music making.
Cross-cultural examination of role of musical expression as spiritual medium and as artistic expression in world’s religions.
Charles Seeger’s (1886 to 1979) major writings and influence on three fields he helped to found (ethnomusicology, systematic musicology, historical musicology), as well as his interest in applied musicology and American composition in 20th century.
Relationship between music and consciousness in different world cultures and role music plays in ecstatic experiences. Phenomena include trance, spirit possession, shamanism, religious ecstasy, mysticism, and artistic inspiration.
Examination of possibilities for subject-centered musical ethnography to account for fragmented musical experience in modern world. Consideration of local and world musics in relation to modernity, postmodernity, globality, notions of self and subject, power, and media images.
Selected topics in acoustics, including laboratory methodologies and practical applications. Topics include Western and non-Western instruments, tuning systems, psychoacoustics, and methods of spectral analysis.
Selected topics in psychology of music, including recent findings in brain research, musical perception, learning, cognition, memory, therapy, affect, meaning, and measurement.
Specific topics in Western and non-Western aesthetic thought, including value, meaning (semiotics), historical development of theoretical perspectives and critical theory, and interpretation.
Exploration of specific topics in general field of systematic musicology covering disciplines such as anthropology, acoustics, aesthetics, music perception, philosophy, organology, sociology, and experimental approaches.
Practical overview of current pedagogical philosophies and texts used in teaching introductory music survey courses, specifically music appreciation and general world music.
Fieldwork concepts and methods using technical equipment, conducting interviews, dealing with ethical issues, and designing research projects.
Intensive discussion of techniques used in ethnomusicological analysis, including transcription and notation, with emphasis on analysis of musical performance and music events.
Intensive discussion of techniques used in ethnomusicological analysis, including transcription and notation, with emphasis on analysis of musical performance and music events.
Analysis of current anthropological paradigms and issues that have major impact on ethnomusicology. 
Comparative study of codified music theories of select cultures — Western and non-Western — considered in themselves and as expressions of their societies. Theory considered as science of music; its place between cultural values and artistic practice in different civilizations.
How music industry functions and how products are created, marketed, and consumed. Techniques of pure research, basic and theoretical in nature, contrasted with those of applied research, practical and policy-oriented in approach.
Examination of influence of music industry on way music is created, performed, listened to, evaluated, and used today. Historical approach taken, beginning with music published in 18th century and continuing through development of audio recordings to MTV and popular music today.
Design of dissertation research proposal, locating and applying for dissertation fieldwork grants, organizing and presenting advanced academic proposals with sophisticated methods and professional writing skills.
ntroduction to new trends and issues in discipline of ethnomusicology in effort to strengthen and stimulate intellectual community within department. Topics vary from term to term and consist of presentations by guest lecturers, faculty members, and students. 

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