Field of Ethnomusicology – ETHM 512

CG • Section 16WK • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 02/16/2022

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student must complete 8 Discussions in this course. The student must post 1 thread of at least 350 words. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 150 words each to other students’ threads. The student will need to support his/her assertions with scholarly sources cited in current Turabian format. (CLO: A, B, C, E)

Reflection Paper Assignments (3)

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 4-5 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. (CLO: A, B, C, E)

Ethnomusicology Paper: Annotated Bibliography Assignment

The student must review at least 10 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 style. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Ethnomusicology Paper: Final Draft Assignment

The student must write a 15–20-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. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)