The Ethnography of Music (Honours)

Subject MUSI40079 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment:

150 hours


An H2A (75) or above in the subject Musics of the World OR Sound, Music and the Environment, or equivalent, or permission of the coordinator.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

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Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and MCM Student Centre

Subject Overview:

This is a foundation subject for students taking honours in ethnomusicology. Discussion and seminars will centre on key issues –both historical and current - in ethnomusicology, including ethnographic representation, fieldwork methods, ethical issues in field research, and connecting musical analysis with cultural analysis. These issues will be addressed in the context of students’ concurrent engagement with designing and producing an honours dissertation.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • negotiate and assess the print and electronic literature in the discipline with confidence
  • articulate the main issues in ethnomusicology
  • demonstrate practical understanding of the ethics of scholarship in ethnomusicology
  • demonstrate understanding of different cultural values.

A case study (3000 words excluding bibliography/discography/filmography) due at the end of semester and a class presentation (50%); a 500 word ethnographic description of a performance of music in Melbourne due in week 9 (10%); a critical assessment of 1500 words of two ethnographies of music from the student’s area of personal and research interest due in week 6 (40%).

Prescribed Texts:

Readings will be available online through the LMS before the commencement of the semester.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of different cultural values
  • a capacity for independent thought and critical analysis
  • the capacity to write in a scholarly manner appropriate to the discipline
  • an openness to new ideas.
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Composition
Graduate Diploma and Certificate Elective subjects

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