Why Ethnomusicology @ Memorial?
The MA and PhD programs in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University offer nationally distinctive and regionally unique opportunities for individuals who are interested in researching music as a cultural practice. The programs offer opportunities to study diverse traditions of local and "world" music. Graduate study in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University is interdisciplinary, with courses offered through both the School of Music and the Department of Folklore. Our program features media production courses in radio and video. We have an in-house gamelan degung ensemble, and courses in traditional Newfoundland fiddle, accordion, and song are also available.
Description of programs
- MA – The MA program offers core research training with equal emphasis on the development of fieldwork and archival skills. In addition to courses that ensure foundational breadth of knowledge, students undertake independent research that is original in design but limited in scope.
- PhD – The PhD program is designed to train individuals who envisage a career in scholarship, either as professors in the academy or as cultural animators of various types in the public sector. The program centers on in-depth exploration of key intellectual issues and theoretical directions in the study of music as a cultural practice. Coursework and comprehensive examination preparation ensure an adequate knowledge base for the undertaking of a major independent research initiative.
Contact a faculty supervisor
Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Ethnomusicology program website for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search engine to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.
Minimum admission requirements
- MA – Bachelor's degree (minimum ‘B+’ standing) in Music or an appropriate area of study in Humanities or Social Science
- PhD – Master’s degree in Music or an appropriate area of study in Humanities or Social Science with minimum ‘B+’ standing in graduate coursework
- Applicants from a discipline other than Music will be expected to demonstrate the following skills: (1) competent performance in any musical tradition, as judged by a musician knowledgeable about the tradition, (2) knowledge of culturally appropriate language for discussion of performance techniques in that tradition, and (3) ability to discuss musical details on the basis of aural and/or written sources, as appropriate to that tradition
Important Note: The information provided on this website is subject to change. The University Calendar is the final authority on university fees and regulations.
MA: 2 years
PhD: 4 years
January 10 for Fall admission
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