M.A. Program

The M.A. program will normally be completed within five consecutive semesters of full-time study. The degree is normally taken by completing course work and a major research paper. In special circumstances, a student may apply to complete the degree by completing course work and a thesis. Demonstration of competence in a language other than English may be required if warranted by the research proposed by the student.

Coursework M.A.

1. Students must normally complete a minimum of 24 credit hours plus a major research paper. Further courses beyond the minimum number may be required, depending on the background of the student. The required courses are:

  1. Music 7001; Folklore 6030.
  2. One of Folklore 6100 or Music 6002.
  3. One area or genre studies course (3 credit hours) relevant to the research of the student.
  4. Twelve credit hours to be selected from approved Music and Folklore courses; one elective (3 credit hours) may be a relevant course offered in another discipline (with the approval of the Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee.

2. Research paper (Music 7002) on a topic chosen by the student with his/her supervisor’s approval. Proposals for topics and supervisors will be vetted by the Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee no later than the beginning of the third term of study. The paper will normally demonstrate the student’s ability to apply methodologies and theoretical constructs, learned in the courses taken, to a specific repertory, or performance context.

Thesis M.A. (available by special application to the Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee)

1. Students must normally complete a minimum of 21 credit hours plus a major research paper (Music 7002). The required courses are:

  1. Music 7001; Folklore 6030.
  2. One of Folklore 6100 or Music 6002.
  3. One area or genre studies course (3 credit hours) relevant to the research of the student.
  4. Nine credit hours to be selected from approved Music and Folklore courses; one elective (3 credit hours) may be a relevant course offered in another discipline (with the approval of the Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee.

2. Thesis submitted in accordance with GENERAL REGULATION J of the School of Graduate Studies. A thesis proposal, consisting of a statement of topic, working title, plan of research, and preliminary bibliography, with the name of the preferred supervisor, shall be submitted by the candidate to the Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee no later than the beginning of the third term of study.

Theories and Methods:

Music 6001 Research Methods
Music 6002 Graduate Seminar
Music 6807 Video Documentary Production
Music 7001 Research Problems and Methods in Ethnomusicology
Music 7002 Research Paper
Music 7803 Radio Documentary Production
Folklore 6010 Survey of Folklore Genres and Processes
Folklore 6020 Field and Research Methods
Folklore 6030 Folklore Theories
Folklore 6040 Feminist Theories: Perspectives and Issues
Folklore 6080 Vernacular Theories
Folklore 6090 Ethnology
Folklore 7100 Advanced Folkloristics II: Research and Ethnography

Form and Performance:
Music 7005 Performance Option
Folklore 6100 Song and Music
Folklore 6120 Ballad
Folklore 6130 Folk Music Canons and Documentary Sound Recordings
Folklore 6200 Folktale
Folklore 6210 Legend
Folklore 6220 Personal Experience Narrative
Folklore 6250 Language and Play
Folklore 6260 Ethnography of Communications
Folklore 6300 Ethnography of Belief
Folklore 6310 Health Systems
Folklore 6350 Custom
Folklore 6360 Traditional Drama
Folklore 6400 Material Culture
Folklore 6410 Vernacular Architecture
Folklore 6420 Art and the Artifact
Folklore 6430 Food and Culture
Folklore 6720 Folklore and Literature

Area and Genre Studies:
Music 7010 World Music: Music of Asia and Oceania
Music 7011 World Music: Music of Africa and the Americas
Music 7012 Canadian Musical Traditions
Music 7013 Music and Culture
Music 7017 Folksong
Music 7018 Jazz and Blues: The Roots of Popular Music
Folklore 6120 Ballad
Folklore 6600 Folklore of Newfoundland
Folklore 6610 Folklore of Canada
Folklore 6620 Folklore of the United States
Folklore 6630 Folklore of the British Isles
Folklore 6770 The Global and the Local

Social Identities:
Music 7006 Urban Ethnomusicology
Music 7007 Music in the Study of Gender, Race and Class
Music 7009 Music and Place
Music 7802 Music and Intercultural Processes
Folklore 6510 Occupational Folklore
Folklore 6551 Indigenous Expressive Cultures in Cross-cultural Encounter
Folklore 6730 Folklore and Gender
Folklore 6780 Ethnicities

Public and Applied Ethnomusicology and Folklore:
Music 6700 Career Skills for Musicians
Music 6750 Music Industries Internship (2 credit hours)|Folklore 6740 Public Sector Folklore
Folklore 6760 Archiving
Folklore 6790 Museums: Perspectives and Practices
Folklore 6800 Applied Folklore

Interdisciplinary Perspectives:
Music 7008 Media Studies
Folklore 6700 Folklore and Culture
Folklore 6710 Oral Tradition and Oral History
Folklore 6750 Popular Culture: Theory and Debate

Independent Study:
Music 7026-29 Directed Reading in Ethnomusicology
Folklore 6570-79 Reading Course in Folklore

Special Topics:
Music 6800-09 Special Topics in Music
Music 7800-09 Special Topics in Music
Folklore 6511-29 Special Topics in Folklore
Folklore 6570-79 Reading Course in Folklore

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