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College Of Arts And Sciences
Ethnomusicology
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Why Study Ethnomusicology?

The Ethnomusicology minor is designed to provide undergraduates with knowledge about a range of ethnomusicology topics, methods, and theoretical perspectives, in conjunction with a related area of specialization in the social sciences. In addition to ethnomusicology classes, including survey courses and courses on specialized topics, students will take a combination of performance and social science classes on relevant subjects in other departments. The minor in Ethnomusicology is distinct from other existing music minors in that it offers training in fieldwork methods, an anthropological approach that does not rely heavily on the skills of analysis and performance that may be used in musicology, jazz studies, and the like. Moreover, it often emphasizes repertoire and practice from outside of Europe and the United States (our minor is especially strong in the musics of Asia). Ethnomusicology is the study of musical cultures, and entails a disciplinarily unique set of questions and methodologies, as well as objects.

AREAS OF STUDY:
  • Performance
  • Social Sciences
  • Fieldwork Methods
  • Music of Asia

Ready to take the next step?

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Music Cultures of the World
  • Rock, Popular Music, and Society
  • Appreciating Indian Music 
  • The Elements of Music

ADMISSION INFO:

Students are required to take three ethnomusicology classes, two related classes in other departments, three performance classes, and a 400-level ethnography class. Music majors must take an independent study.

After Graduation

Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It’s about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Nearly 95% of SBU grads go to professional or graduate school. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of them.

CAREER OPTIONS:

  • Folklife Internship
  • Lecturer
  • Curator for Asia
  • Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

RECENT EMPLOYERS:

  • Brooklyn Arts Council 
  • University of California, Berkeley 
  • Musical Instrument Museum
  • University of South Carolina

Interested in this Minor?

Department of Music

Chair: Perry Goldstein

Office: 3304 Staller Center for the Arts

Phone: (631) 632-7330

College Of Arts And Sciences
Ethnomusicology
Back to all Programs

Why Study Ethnomusicology?

The Ethnomusicology minor is designed to provide undergraduates with knowledge about a range of ethnomusicology topics, methods, and theoretical perspectives, in conjunction with a related area of specialization in the social sciences. In addition to ethnomusicology classes, including survey courses and courses on specialized topics, students will take a combination of performance and social science classes on relevant subjects in other departments. The minor in Ethnomusicology is distinct from other existing music minors in that it offers training in fieldwork methods, an anthropological approach that does not rely heavily on the skills of analysis and performance that may be used in musicology, jazz studies, and the like. Moreover, it often emphasizes repertoire and practice from outside of Europe and the United States (our minor is especially strong in the musics of Asia). Ethnomusicology is the study of musical cultures, and entails a disciplinarily unique set of questions and methodologies, as well as objects.

AREAS OF STUDY:
  • Performance
  • Social Sciences
  • Fieldwork Methods
  • Music of Asia

Ready to take the next step?

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Music Cultures of the World
  • Rock, Popular Music, and Society
  • Appreciating Indian Music 
  • The Elements of Music

ADMISSION INFO:

Students are required to take three ethnomusicology classes, two related classes in other departments, three performance classes, and a 400-level ethnography class. Music majors must take an independent study.

After Graduation

Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It’s about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Nearly 95% of SBU grads go to professional or graduate school. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of them.

CAREER OPTIONS:

  • Folklife Internship
  • Lecturer
  • Curator for Asia
  • Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

RECENT EMPLOYERS:

  • Brooklyn Arts Council 
  • University of California, Berkeley 
  • Musical Instrument Museum
  • University of South Carolina

Interested in this Minor?

Department of Music

Chair: Perry Goldstein

Office: 3304 Staller Center for the Arts

Phone: (631) 632-7330

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