MUSI3033 Topics in Ethnomusicology (capstone experience)
Course Type: disciplinary elective for music majors/minors, free elective for others
Prerequisite: NIL
Instructor: Dr. Jose Vicente NEGLIA
Semester: First Semester 2021/22
Time: 2:30pm-4:20pm, Wednesday
Venue: CRT-11.01 Seminar Room
This course is an introduction to the theories and methods of ethnomusicology, which is the study of music in its sociocultural context. Historically, ethnomusicologists have tended to focus on non-Western musical traditions, although more recent trends have opened the field to include any music culture, regardless of origin or place, including popular musics, Western art and contemporary musics, as well as folk and traditional music cultures. This course will provide an overview of the history of the discipline, as well as introduce students to the key themes and issues that have shaped ethnomusicology up to the present time.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge of the theories, methods,and disciplinary history of ethnomusicology;
  • speak and write coherently about the sociocultural contexts of music;
  • get acquainted with the methods and techniques in music research and apply proper methods/techniques in their own research projects;
  • appreciate the sociocultural processes of music making, and develop a critical understanding of music as a uniquely human activity.
Assessment  will be based entirely on coursework, including short written assignments, essay writing, etc.
Students will also be graded for participation in class.
  • sociocultural approaches to music research
  • ethnographic methods
  • history of ethnomusicology
  • world music
  • performance and ritual
  • Rice, Tim, Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. (course textbook)
  • In addition, weekly readings will be assigned in class.