Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology
Dr. Vernon Whaley, Director of the Dept. of Worship & Music Studies
Disparate cultures are interacting more than ever before, making ethnomusicology an important field of study in areas, such as music education, music performance, and other areas of cross-cultural service. Liberty University Online’s Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology challenges the notion that music is a universal language. It teaches that music systems vary from culture to culture just like languages. Gaining a basic understanding of a culture’s music can be vital to gaining access to its people.
The M.A. in Ethnomusicology through Liberty Online offers an innovative education in world music for students seeking careers in cross-cultural environments. Each course provides students with knowledge of the basic principles of ethnomusicology and the role of an ethnomusicologist.
There are four basic program components:
Scholarship and Research: Academic readings, history, and theories of application
Skill Development: Non-Western music theories, alternate systems of notation, transcription and analysis of music, and cultural analysis
Performance: Applied study and/or ensemble performance in ethnic music
Application: Field experience (internship), thesis, or project
A required residency consists of four intensive courses that can be completed in one or more summers. All other courses are offered through Liberty Online.
$490 per credit hour (based on full-time enrollment)
$25 intensive fee
Program Delivery Format
45 total hours; up to 12 credit hours of appropriately accredited graduate work may be transferred in as applicable
A 3-credit hour thesis is required
Three credit hours of field experience required
Potential Career Options
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