Introduction to Ethnomusicology – ETHM 511

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/17/2022

Course Description

The study of traditions, belief systems, and practices of world cultures as approached through the comparative study and analysis of the music cultures of contrasting ethnic groups.

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


This is an introductory course in world music. It is required for all students making application to the MA in Ethnomusicology or the MA in Worship Studies (Ethnomusicology Specialization) degree programs if they have not had a similar course at the undergraduate level. This is a survey study designed to prepare students for 500-level graduate courses in ethnomusicology. It is also an elective course that gives non-musicians, missionary students, and other students the opportunity to examine the world of ethnomusicology.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings and Presentations

The student is required to complete all assigned readings as designated in the Learn section of each module.

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (8)

There will be eight graded Discussions, one in each module. Unless otherwise noted, the student will post at least two to three original threads (of around 200 words) and at least two to three responses (of around 100 words), for a total of at least five responses. Read the specific discussion instructions for exceptions to this requirement.

Essay Assignments (7)

For all but the final module, an essay that is reflection and/or comprehensive in nature is required. Unless otherwise noted, the essay should be around 800 words and follow Turabian guidelines for formatting and citations. See specific essay instructions for writing prompts and any other requirements.

Final Project Assignment

The final project is a brief music ethnography, based upon limited field experience and contextual research. A proposed topic for a music culture will be submitted first, then an update on field work and preliminary findings, then the final product.