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Ethnomusicology, Minor

The minor in ethnomusicology offers students an expansive understanding of music in its diverse contexts, prioritizing global engagement, culturally-situated knowledge, and community-centered research.

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The foundation of the minor is a unique introductory course, Music in Everyday Life (MUSC 1001), which investigates many dimensions of the musical experience and music’s connections to society. Students select in-depth electives that focus on the music of a region or a particular musical genre, the global circulation of music, or music’s relationship to other aspects of the human experience, such as philosophy and aesthetics, identity and culture, society and politics, economics and social justice. The minor culminates in a course that invites students to conduct their own ethnographic research projects.

Co-op Opportunities

  • Baeble Music
  • World Music/CRASHarts
  • Blue Note Entertainment 131 W 3rd St, NY
  • Non-Profit Community Music Organizations
  • Independent Fieldwork-Based Research

Career Opportunities

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Folklore
  • Music Education and Performance
  • User Experience Research
  • International Aid and Development
  • Cultural Diplomacy
  • Human Rights and Advocacy
  • Documentary Work
  • Broadcast Media
  • Arts Administration, Festival Work
  • Work in Global Music Industries
  • Curatorial Work

Multidisciplinary Skills

  • Multi-Media Documentation
  • Interviewing
  • Participant Observation
  • Collaboration
  • Critical Listening
  • Public Speaking
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Cross-Cultural Knowledge
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Research and Analysis


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