Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology
Dr. Vernon Whaley, Director of the Dept. of Worship & Music Studies
With the emergence of multi-cultural issues throughout the world, ethnomusicology has become an important field of study in music education, music performance, and other areas of cross-cultural service. The program, which disputes the notion that music is a universal language, teaches that there are multiple music systems that are incompatible with each other just as there are different written and spoken languages. Acquisition of a basic understanding of the music of another culture can be vital to gaining access to its people.
The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology at Liberty University provides advanced study in world music for individuals seeking national or international careers in cross-cultural environments. In each course students will learn the general principles of ethnomusicology, gain an understanding of the role of an ethnomusicologist and have the opportunity to develop an area of specialization.
There are four basic components:
Scholarship & Research: academic readings, history and theories of application
Skill Development: non-Western music theories, alternate systems of notation, transcription and analysis of music, 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 University Online.
$465 per credit hour (based on full-time enrollment)
$25 intensive fee
Program Delivery Format
Online (includes 4 one-week intensives)
42 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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