Applied Ethnomusicology – ETHM 613

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 10/28/2022

Course Description

The practice of ethnomusicology including: 1) a summary of technology and audio/video recording practices; 2) development of professional and intercultural relationships; 3) contextualization of music in worship, discipleship, and evangelism; 4) promoting the creation of indigenous Christian songs; 5) promoting the distribution of such songs through appropriate media; and, 6) introduction to other areas of applied ethnomusicology.

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


This course is designed for those wanting a more thorough picture of the variety of applied possibilities in the field. This provides opportunity to explore many possibilities for future study and for impacting communities through strategic engagement of local musics. In particular, those considering doctoral studies would be advised to consider which applications and scholarly approaches are most suited to their own personalities, world views and musical interests.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (7)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 7 Discussions in this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be 250 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 at least 100 words. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Reflection Paper Assignments (3)

The student will write a 3-4 page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the readings for the assigned weeks. The paper must include at least 4 citations from the course material. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Final Project Assignment

The student will write a 15-20-page research-based paper in current Turabian format (not counting title page, table of contents, or bibliography) that focuses on on particular praxis of applied ethnomusicology. The paper must include at least 12 scholarly/peer-reviewed citations with at least 5 from this course. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Oral Presentation of Final Project Assignment

The student will create and upload a video recorded ten-minute oral presentation of your final project.