Resources and Materials in Ethnomusicology – ETHM 531

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

Course Description

Bibliographic research in the field of ethnomusicology. Students will identify, access, evaluate and interpret ethnomusicology resources and materials while performing research of the socio-musical culture of selected ethnic group(s).




This course is designed to provide the student with bibliographic research skills concentrated on a specific ethnic group for the purpose of developing strategies for potential fieldwork. Primary emphasis is on accessing information related to unreached people groups that are potential areas of service.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Write according to the style manual used in the ethnomusicology program.
  2. Apply skills in ethnographic research from one or more models, including appropriate documentation according to the specified writing manual.
  3. Utilize both qualitative and quantitative data in research.
  4. Research a specified ethnic people group in cooperation with selected agencies.
  5. Complete a review of literature demonstrating the ability to appropriately evaluate and interpret bibliographic resources.

Course Assignment

Textbook and journal readings

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion Boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words.

Exercises (6)

Throughout the course, the student will be asked to complete various research-related exercises. These exercises are designed to allow the student to experience various research processes, which will help with the development of the Literature Review.

Annotated Bibliography

The Annotated Bibliography must contain at least 25 sources relevant to the student’s chosen research topic and must be formatted in current Turabian style. The student will submit a working version of the Annotated Bibliography in order to receive instructor feedback. Then, the student will submit a final revised version of the Annotated Bibliography incorporating any suggestions offered by the instructor.

Literature Review

The student will submit a topic selection with a 200-word rationale for his/her Literature Review. Once the topic is approved, a working version of the Literature Review will be submitted for instructor feedback. The student will then submit the final version of the Literature Review in current Turabian format and incorporating any suggestions offered by the instructor. The Literature Review must be 12–20 pages (including a cover page and a full bibliography of resources used).