Musicology/Ethnomusicology Specialisation

Major/Minor/Specialisation !B-MUS-SPC+1002 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012


Musicology: Associate Professor Kerry Murphy

Ethnomusicology: Professor Catherine Falk


Contact Centre

T: 13 MELB (6352)

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and Music Student Centre



Musicology is a lively area of activity at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. All staff (many of whom are notable alumni) are actively engaged in research, and staff and students regularly present papers at National and International conferences.

Ethnomusicology asks, “Why do people make music the way that they do?”, considering the whole context – social, cosmological, economic, political, historical, contemporary, environmental and epistemological – through and within which music is imagined, discussed and made.



Structure & Available Subjects:

All BMus students undertake a common first yearexperience.

Specialising in musicology/ethnomusicology involves undertaking research methods subjects and a variety of academic electives that lead to the writing of a dissertation in the Bachelor of Music (Honours).
Applied Skills electives can also complement the specialisation, particularly in Ethnomusicology where learning to perform music outside the western traditions is an important part of the process of becoming an ethnomusicologist.

Degree Flexibility

The BMus is a highly flexible degree, enabling students to design a degree pathway to match their musical interests and pathways. The Musicology/Ethnomusicology Specialisation allows students to take advantage of this degree flexibility to tailor subject selections, retaining capacity to move between specialisations and keeping graduate study and career options open.

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  • Students can commence the Musicology/Ethnomusicology Specialisation at either the start of second year or third year.

Students are encouraged to seek course advice regarding tailoring of their subject selections and course structure.

Subject Options:

Musicology/Ethnomusicology Specialisation - second year

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Year Long


Academic Electives, Music Studies Electives or Applied Skills Electives 43.75

Breadth/Free subjects 25.00

Musicology/Ethnomusicology Specialisation - third year

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1

Students take Music Research AND/OR The Ethnography of Music


Academic Electives, Music Studies Electives or Applied Skills Electives 62.50 [50.00]

Breadth/Free subjects 25.00

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music

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