Master Of Arts In Ethnomusicology Music Education
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024

Teach Others the Richness of Music from Different Cultures with an Online Master’s in Ethnomusicology – Music Education from Liberty

Do you love learning about cultures around the world? Do you appreciate the beauty of music from other nations? Do you want to educate others on the exciting realm of ethnomusicology? With Liberty University’s Master of Arts (MA) in Ethnomusicology – Music Education, you can learn how to teach the next generation to investigate, discover, learn, and appreciate the history of music around the world.

In this program, you can dive into researching the history of music in other cultures. The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology can equip you to work in a diverse global society using the medium of music. The program explores the foundational history and theory of music, skills in analysis and technology, non-Western music performance, and practical application through field experience and independent research. Liberty University’s online ethnomusicology degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), so you can be confident that you’re receiving an education of the highest quality.

Once you have established a foundation of ethnomusicology knowledge, you can learn how to convey that knowledge to others. Sharing information can be incredibly rewarding. Music education is an area that can combine your love of music, other cultures, people, and teaching. You can learn to aid others in researching principles of ethnomusicology, just as your professors will aid you in your master’s program.

Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology – Music Education Degree?

Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology with a specialization in music education is offered 100% online and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). We teach all of our courses from a biblical worldview. This allows you to maintain the perspective of your faith while analyzing other cultures and the prevalent religions of different regions.

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Our faculty members have extensive experience in the fields of music education and musicology and can pass on their real-world expertise to you throughout your courses. The professors here at Liberty University are committed to our mission of Training Champions for Christ. At Liberty, you can become one such Champion and go on to teach others through music education about the beauty of all types of music found throughout the world.

What Will You Learn in Our Ethnomusicology – Music Education Degree?

The courses in Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology – Music Education degree will cover a wide range of subjects related to music and teaching others. In multiple courses, you will study literature related to ethnomusicology. Your education will include background information, skills and techniques, resources and materials, and research methods in ethnomusicology. You’ll also complete either a thesis or a project – as well as a graduate ethnomusicology comprehensive exam.

Additionally, you will be directly engaged in research in multiple courses. For instance, you will participate in professional practice through field experiences that can help you conduct hands-on research and apply your skills in a practical manner.

Regional Seminar Options

In the MA in Ethnomusicology, you will select and complete a seminar in ethnic music specific to 1 particular region. You can choose from the following options:

  • Africa
  • China
  • Eastern Europe
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Native America
  • Southeast Asia

    In the music education specialization courses, you can learn how to engage in matters of curriculum development and pedagogy through critical evaluation and inquiry. Curricula and pedagogical models that address practical issues for primary, secondary, and college classrooms will be emphasized in your courses.

    Additionally, you will study computer applications in music, including the use of music notation software, music recording software, sequencing, smartboards, apps, interactive websites, sound shaping, and other innovative technological applications for the music education classroom. You will focus on the effective use of technology in learning environments with special attention to instructional practice, assessment development, and student engagement.

    The courses that make up the specialization in music education will also focus on the history of music in America, the principles used historically and today in music technology, and how education curricula for music courses are developed. Special attention is given to the music of the American Colonies and specific musical influences through the 21st century.

    Types of Music You Will Study

    In the music education specialization, you will evaluate various influences contributing to the creation of a uniquely “American” musical style. The course materials are arranged and discussed in a theoretical/historical framework. You will analyze the diversity of musical influences including:

    • African American
    • Afro-Cuban
    • American Indian
    • Black gospel
    • Blues
    • European
    • Folk song
    • Jazz
    • Popular
    • Religious
    • Spanish-Mexican

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      Highlights of Our MA in Ethnomusicology – Music Education Degree

      • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
      • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
      • You can learn how to educate the next generation of music lovers, researchers, and scholars.
      • With no set login times, you’ll have the flexibility to maintain your personal commitments and further your education at the same time.
      • You can deepen your understanding of music history and cultural influences around the world.

      Potential Career Opportunities for Ethnomusicology – Music Education Graduates

      Music is a universal form of expression in which cultures of the world capture the essence of their worldview. It is the system of memory in which cultural history and religious beliefs are recorded. The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology can help you gain the skills and training to understand many music cultures, thus enabling more strategic and effective communication, ministry, and research. This knowledge can assist you in various future careers such as:

      • Church leader
      • Ethnomusicologist
      • Intercultural music outreach coordinator
      • Minister of music
      • Music anthropology researcher
      • Music director
      • Music educator
      • Musical performer
      • Social scientist
      • Worship leader

        Military Benefits for Our Online Graduate Programs

        Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

        As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

        • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
        • Additional discount for veterans who serve 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)

        Master’s in Ethnomusicology – Music Education Degree Information

        • This program falls under the School of Music.
        • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
        • View the Graduate Music Course Guides (login required).
        • Online Database Resources: As one of the world’s leaders in online education programs, Liberty University has the technological capacity and resources to provide for the unique needs required in the ethnomusicology program. This includes library database subscriptions to Groves, Smithsonian Global Sound, Garland Encyclopedia, Oxford Handbooks, and JSTOR, to name a few.

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        Admission Requirements for Our Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology Music Education Online Degree

        A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree in music or a related field with a GPA of 3.0 or above is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

        All applicants must submit the following:

        • Admission application
        • Application fee*
        • Official college transcripts
        • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
        • Recommender Contact Information
        • Statement of Purpose
        • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

        *There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

        **An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.