• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Music
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Bonnie McConnell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This course will introduce students to the discipline of ethnomusicology, with particular attention to the nature of ethnographic research and writing on music. It will examine how and why people make music across different cultural contexts, focusing on the themes of identity, tradition, and activism. Students will learn about ethnomusicological theories and methods through reading, writing, discussion, participatory performance activities, and an independent research project. In addition to case studies of musical practices from around the world, the course will examine the changing relationships between ethnomusicologists and the musicians and communities with whom they work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of the theoretical and methodological approaches of ethnomusicological research;
  2. Apply these approaches to pursue knowledge about different musical cultures;
  3. Situate particular musical sounds in particular social, historical, and cultural contexts; and
  4. Explain some of the factors that motivate artists to perform and/or compose in particular ways.

Indicative Assessment

Six short assignments, 250 words each (6 x 5% = 30%) [Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4]
Ethnographic portfolio, 1000 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4]
Research project (1500-2000 words) (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4]
Research presentation, 10 minutes (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MUSI2213.

Preliminary Reading

Rice, Timothy. 2013. Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press.
Barz, Gregory, and Timothy Cooley. 2008. Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology. New York: Oxford University Press.




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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3028 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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