Musicology and Ethnomusicology

WHAT DO MUSICOLOGISTS AND ETHNOMUSICOLOGISTS DO?

  • write for magazines and newspapers
  • write and film documentaries
  • write programme notes for CDs and concerts
  • write scholarly books and articles
  • participate in music broadcasting
  • work as music or arts administrators
  • work in music publishing
  • run music libraries and archives
  • lecture at universities
  • work in community development

Musicologists and Ethnomusicologists ask questions about music, the ways people use it and the significance they assign to it. They gather and analyse information about different musical practices and the relation of music to other aspects of cultures. They make their findings available to others in many media, including websites, films, books, magazines and newspapers. They choose careers in education, the music industry, journalism and in the planning and administration of cultural events. 

WHAT DOES THE STUDY OF MUSICOLOGY AND ETHNOMUSICOLOGY ENTAIL?

  • music and gender
  • music in society 
  • music in Africa 
  • research methods
  • historiography 
  • African philosophy and conceptual frameworks 
  • music and meaning
  • the intellectual history of the scholarly study of music
  • music, identity and difference

The University of KwaZulu-Natal offers a range of exciting, intellectually challenging modules in Musicology and Ethnomusicology. Students develop a strong theoretical base through modules designed to stimulate critical thinking, and they have opportunities to put theory into practice with exciting 'hands on' research projects.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS CAN YOU EARN IN THIS FIELD?

At the undergraduate level, you can study musicology and ethnomusicology as a BA, BA (Music) or BMus student. At the posgraduate level, you can earn the BA (Hons), the MA or MMus, and the PhD degrees. 

 


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