Seminar in Ethnic Music: Africa – ETHM 543

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 05/17/2022

Course Description

Concentrated study of a selected ethnic music culture. In scheduling each seminar, consideration will be given to student interest and the availability of appropriate guest musicians.

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


The Seminar in Ethnic Music are intended to provide the student with a more culture specific study than other general ethnomusicology courses. Special attention is given to the contrast between the context, use, and function of music within that culture as a means of identifying cultural insight for the use of indigenous music in worship, discipleship, and evangelism.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, journal readings, and presentations

In addition to the textbooks listed above, a collection of articles are listed on Canvas under each course module.   Links to these articles will be posted in the course modules and may also be found on Liberty’s Research Portal.  The student will be expected to complete the readings early in the week so that all discussion threads can be added by the proper time. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (7)

The student will complete 7 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 350 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday day of the assigned Module. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 150 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned Module. For each thread, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 2 scholarly citations in Turabian format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in Turabian format (unless otherwise noted). Acceptable sources include textbooks, video presentations, scholarly articles and journals, the Bible, etc. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

Reflection Paper Assignments (2)

The student will write two Reflection Papers, due in Modules 4 and 6, should be written as a Word document 5-6 pages (about 1,500 words) excluding title page and bibliography, and double-spaced. Other programs such as “Works” do not allow the instructor to give appropriate feedback, if needed.  In addition, they should contain correct, consistent citations.  The paper should be written in an academic, formal style, following the Turabian format. Please read rubrics under week one of course content before writing the papers. (CLO: A, C)

Book Review Assignment

The student will complete a 2-3 pages book review, written in a formal style that would be suitable for publishing in an academic journal. 

The student is encouraged to look at examples of book reviews in Ethnomusicology and other academic journals before attempting this specialized style of writing, however, it may hinder the student's creativity and originality to look at other reviews for the book that he/she will be reviewing. (CLO: A, C, D)

Notes Assignment

The student will submit  the written notes that were taken on all reading assignment for Module 1. This is to ensure that everyone is on the same page at the beginning of this intensive course.  There is no page requirement for this, but the notes should cover all of the readings for that week. (CLO: A)

Final Project/Project Abstract Assignment

The student will submit a 150-250 word abstract of his/her final project in Module/Week 5. The final project/paper does not need to be complete, instead the abstract will be used to focus the intent of the paper to inform readers of what it will discuss. (CLO: D)

Final Paper/Project Assignment

The final paper/project for this course will be in the form of a narrated PowerPoint.  It is important in our field that the student is able to not only write about what he/she has learned, but present the information to an audience in a manner that is clear, accessible, and informed.  The typical conference presentation is about 20 minutes.  This usually allows for the presentation of a 10 page (double spaced) paper. 

The assignment is to write a 150-250 word Abstract by week 5, and then by the end of week 8 submit the paper, complete with bibliography and citations, and a narrated PowerPoint presentation that the student can use as a visual tool during his/her presentation.  (Typically conference papers are read directly from the page [as opposed to ad-lib] though this is not mandatory.)

There is no set number of slides, but typically, the student will not need more than 10-15.  Each slide should be visually appealing, but clear and uncrowded.  The student will use his/her presenter notes tool to copy in the sections of his/her paper that will accompany each slide.  These presenter notes should be in paragraph form, written exactly as the student will read them to his/her audience.  The student may also utilize audio/visual examples as well, but keep in mind that those examples should fit within the time limit of twenty-five minutes.

The student will be expected to use in-text citations (no footnotes in PowerPoint) to document the presentation.  Please submit the final presentation via the assignments link in Canvas and on the week 8 discussion thread so that the class can see it.  The presentation is due by the end of Week/Module 8.  A formal rubric is available under Course Content, which the student should consult before beginning the project.  It is highly recommended that the student consult with the instructor regarding his/her topic choice for the final project around week 4. (CLO: A, B, C, D)