Degrees in Ethnomusicology
Bachelor of Music in World Music
The Bachelor of Music in World Music is a new degree that combines world music and Western art music, and provides training in the fundamentals of research and performance in the fields of ethnomusicology and musicology. Students enroll in performance courses such as Balinese gamelan and Afro-Caribbean ensemble, and may take other music history and jazz courses, popular culture and anthropology courses. Students may also participate in music workshops to Bali, Indonesia, and Ghana, West Africa. The world music degree offers a broad education in musics of the world and prepares students for graduate and/or professional study.
This major offers students specialized study of two major music systems—African and Balinese—through both performance studies with the Afro-Caribbean Ensemble and Kusuma Sari Balinese Gamelan and study abroad opportunities in Bali and Ghana. The Kusuma Sari Balinese Gamelan Ensemble is the only Balinese gamelan in the Midwest, and the only active gamelan of any kind in Ohio.
The World Music degree provides a viable alternative for a number of students who want a broad education in music of the world-inclusive of non-Western music styles (art, folk, traditional and popular), American music and jazz, and Western art music.
Master of Music in Ethnomusicology
The Master of Music in Ethnomusicology is a 34-credit-hour program that includes seminars in ethnomusicology, music history and disciplines related to the field such as popular culture, ethnic studies and women’s studies. Students study history and literature of ethnomusicology and the music cultures of Indonesia and/or the African diaspora, as well as receive training in field methodology and special topics. The degree offers performance opportunities in Balinese Gamelan and Afro-Caribbean Ensembles, as well as music workshop options in Bali, Indonesia, and Ghana, West Africa. The program culminates in a thesis and prepares students for further work in ethnomusicology.