Field of Ethnomusicology – ETHM 512

CG • Section • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The study of various philosophical approaches in the practice of ethnomusicology. Primary emphasis is given to research of the history of the discipline, comparative analysis, and readings of some major contributors in the field of ethnomusicology.




This course is designed to provide the student with a foundational understanding of the field of ethnomusicology, its primary contributors, and theories of study. The student will compare the various approaches to the Christian worldview and begin to develop a context for the Christian ethnomusicologist.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize major figures and movements in the history of ethnomusicology.
  2. Explain the different periods of development in the field of ethnomusicology by comparing readings of major contributors in the field of ethnomusicology.
  3. Analyze the significance of specific contributions and theories within the field.
  4. Relate his/her own area of interest to the history of the discipline.
  5. Evaluate divergent approaches to studying music and culture.
  6. Assess influences of related disciplines to his/her impact on ethnomusicology.
  7. Identify a field of specialization after declaring a regional focus of study.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (15)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student must complete 15 Discussion Board Forums in this course. For the first 8 Discussion Boards Forums, the student must post 2–3 threads of at least 300 words. The student must then post 2–3 replies of at least 150 words each to other students’ threads. For the last 7 Discussion Boards Forums, the student must post 1 thread of at least 100 words. The student must then post 1 reply of at least 50 words to another student’s thread. The student will need to support his/her assertions with scholarly sources cited in current Turabian format. (MLO: A, B, C, E)

Reflection Papers (4)

The student will reflect on his/her reading by summarizing and critically analyzing new topics and information. The student must respond to a specific prompt tied to the course readings. Reflection papers must have a total of 5–6 double-spaced pages, excluding a cover page and bibliography, and must utilize current Turabian format. At least 2 scholarly citations must be included to support assertions. (MLO: A, B, C, E)

Ethnomusicology Paper – Part 1: Annotated Bibliography

The student must review at least 8 scholarly resources to be used for the Final Paper. Based on the researched sources, the student must create and submit an annotated bibliography. Sources must be current and relevant to the topic and formatted in current Turabian. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Ethnomusicology Paper – Part 2: Final Draft

The student must write a 20–30-page paper on a topic of his/her choosing that relates to the field of ethnomusicology. The number of sources is based on the student’s discretion, but all assertions must be supported by sources and formatted according to current Turabian style. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)