The Ph.D. program in Ethnomusicology is organized around core seminars in fieldwork and in ethnomusicological history, theory, and practice.
Building on this core, students are encouraged to design programs suiting their goals, choosing flexibly among course offerings in a variety of musical cultures as well as on topics such as music and race, class, gender, identity, and sexuality; musical thinking; music and documentary film/video production; music and modernization; and applied ethnomusicology. The small size of the program enables students to work closely with members of the faculty in advanced scholarly studies.
Additional resources: Video and audio recording equipment (available for field work), multimedia and electronic music experiments (MEME) studios, multimedia lab, Koetting Ethnomusicology Archive with world music recordings and field recording collections, the vast collection of American sheet music in the John Hay Library, Javanese gamelan, Ghanaian drumming, Appalachian string band, and Sacred Harp Shape-Note singing.
A.M.: Eight courses, including MUSC2010 Field Research in Ethnomusicology; one 1000-level ethnomusicology course focusing on a particular musical tradition or geographical area; one course credit in music performance; ANTH2010 Principles of Cultural Anthropology; four additional elective courses. The A.M. also requires reading knowledge of one foreign language and completion of one major research paper (normally based on fieldwork).
Students entering the program without the A.M. earn that degree as part of their progress toward the Ph.D. We do not normally encourage applicants who seek the A.M. as a terminal degree.
Ph.D.: All of the eight courses required for the A.M.; MUSC2000 History of Ethnomusicological Thought; MUSC2080 or 2090 Seminar in Ethnomusicology (various topics, repeatable for credit when the topic changes); one 2000-level course in historical musicology, music theory, or critical theory, selected in consultation with your advisor; seven additional elective courses beyond those completed for the A.M. (i.e., a total of 18 course credits over three years of A.M./Ph.D. coursework); a second foreign language, which may be a field language; written and oral comprehensive examinations; dissertation.
Admission requirements: Writing sample required
GRE General: Required
GRE Subject: Not required
Application deadline: January 7