Bachelor Of Music In Ethnomusicology
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Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total
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Aug 19, 2024

Connect with Cultural Communities Around the World with Our B.M. in Music in World Cultures Degree

You love music because music is about community. Our Bachelor of Music in Music in World Cultures can help you develop the skills you need to study and explore music in communities and cultures around the world. You can grow as a musician while exploring these unique musical communities.

Through extensive training in music theory, performance, worship leadership, and global studies, our bachelor’s degree in music in world cultures can equip you with the skills you need to engage a variety of cultural communities for Christ.

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor of Music Degree in Music in World Cultures? 

At Liberty, we are committed to training musicians who use their talent to glorify God and love others. That’s why our BM in Music in World Cultures program integrates global studies and musical theory with a biblical worldview, so you can build the foundational knowledge you need to follow God’s calling on your life.

Whether you want to lead culturally inclusive worship, become an ethnomusicologist, or serve as a missionary, this degree can equip you with the tools you need to reach your full potential. Partner with us and become the Champion for Christ you always knew you could be.

What Will You Learn in Our BM in Music in World Cultures Degree Program?

In our BM in Music in World Cultures program, you can study music theory, harmonic practice, musicianship, and music history giving you the broad foundational knowledge you need for the rest of your degree. You can explore non-western and folk music theory, learn to create a global worship setting, and gain practical commercial production skills. And during your global studies classes, you can learn how to interact and communicate with other cultures, so you are prepared to build a career exploring and sharing ethnic music at home or around the world.

Our BM in Music in World Culture program also offers opportunities to gain hands-on experience through ensemble performances and showcasing your work in a senior recital. You can also complete an internship, which provides networking opportunities and experience in the field.

View our music in world cultures Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying!

Featured Courses

GLST 200 – Introduction to Global Studies

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The history of global engagement
  • The current global environment
  • Principles for encountering other cultures
  • How to establish an intercultural career

MUSC 200 – Music, Art, Worship, and Culture

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The relationship between music, art, worship, and culture
  • How culture effects music in daily and professional life
  • Biblical principles for artistic development
  • How to develop a literature review, thesis, and craft a meaningful research narrative

MUSC 402 – Ethnic Music Theory

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Non-western theories of music
  • Existing systems of art and folk music
  • How to approach music systems without an articulated music theory

MUSC 424 – Arts in Global Outreach

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Theories, methods, and techniques for creating relevant global worship
  • How to become an artistic catalyst
  • How music contributes to effective outreach and deep discipleship
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Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our BM in Music in World Cultures Degree Program

  • Our music degrees are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
  • Use our state-of-the-art, $2.2 million recording studio and Liberty Music Group (LMG) publishing company to bring your songs to life.
  • Our School of Music is designated as an All-Steinway Music Institution.
  • You have access to full-time faculty who hold degrees from Liberty University and other prestigious music schools in the nation.
  • Our students have produced albums that have been nominated for awards, with Liberty alumni going on to become Dove-award winning Christian artists and songwriters.
  • Participate in one of our School of Music ensembles that draw on styles ranging from a cappella, jazz, and Latino to folk and bluegrass.

Our Bachelor of Music in Music in World Cultures  Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Our Bachelor of Music in Music in World Cultures Graduates

  • Cross-cultural worship leader
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Missionary
  • World arts cultural exchange facilitator
  • Worship consultant

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.
  • Admission essay

*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.