Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology Study the Music of the World


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Are you fascinated with the music of the world? As an ethnomusicologist, you might travel to other areas and experience music in its native culture. Learning the language, culture, and folklore of other ethnicities is all part of the job. If this sounds interesting to you, Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology online degree might be what you are looking for. 

Our ethnomusicology program aims to provide a strong foundation in scholarship and research, non-Western music theory, and the application of resources to the field. Ethnomusicology has become an important field of study in music education, music performance, and other areas of cross-cultural service.

Gaining a basic understanding of the music of another culture can be vital to establishing trust and a relationship with its people. Ethnomusicologists seek to not only study music from sound and historical perspectives but to look at the music within a culture. Liberty University’s online ethnomusicology degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and offered 100% online. This program can equip musicians like you to pursue music careers in cross-cultural environments, education, and research.

Your career goals are unique, so we designed an online ethnomusicology program that can be personalized. Our faculty has taught and worked in locations across the globe, and you will have the opportunity to gain foundational knowledge in ethnic music theory, anthropology, organology, and transcription from them.

The Society of Ethnomusicology defines ethnomusicology as the study of music in its social and cultural contexts. Liberty University wants you to be able to learn about the musical traditions and history of many types of music. Therefore, you will be able to complete seminars in world music from the cultures of your choosing. Some examples of the seminars available are Native American, Middle Eastern, Indian, Eastern European, Indonesian, and more.

You can learn from our faculty’s vast years of experience to grow in practice and leadership in the field of ethnomusicology. This fascinating field can teach you how to reach other cultures at the heart of where they live.

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  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

Many students enrolled in this degree are preparing themselves for work in a cross-cultural or multicultural environment as educators, recording engineers, global workers, or some other form of service in the field of music or cultural development.

There are many possibilities for intersecting the ethnomusicology degree with other areas of interest, and this program can help prepare you for cross-cultural work as well as for the exciting process of understanding other cultures and their music.

A master’s degree in ethnomusicology can help prepare you for the following positions:

  • Archivist
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Intercultural music outreach
  • Missions
  • Music anthropology research
  • Music director
  • Music teacher

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Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

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