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MCGY2621: Exploring Ethnomusicology

Ethnomusicology refers to the study of all musical genres worldwide within their respective social and cultural contexts, and is sometimes also known as the anthropology of music or cultural musicology. This unit introduces and explores some of the most important ideas that have informed the thinking of researchers working in this field - such as the connections between music and gender, social structures, forms of capital, politics, identity, health and the environment. The course also interrogates notions of the nature and experience of music, why musical genres differ and why music has such important but diverse significance worldwide. The course includes several lectures given by expert practitioners from particular musical traditions (such as Indigenous Australian music and Korean drumming), and it directly complements courses on ethnomusicological fieldwork methods. It does not require prior formal musical training.

Code MCGY2621
Academic unit Musicology
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. define ethnomusicology and identify major issues in the discipline
  • LO2. describe some of the different ways that music is structured and used in different cultures
  • LO3. identify the many different ways that music-making is significant to human kind
  • LO4. understand and appreciate previously unfamiliar musical forms and cultures
  • LO5. demonstrate familiarity with a range of ways in which music may be recorded and analysed (whether through writing, symbols, or audio-visual means).

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.