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Ethnomusicology

(M.A./Ph.D. degree in Ethnomusicology)

The graduate program in ethnomusicology provides students with a broad knowledge of the world's musics, performance in certain world musical idioms, theories and schools of thought in ethnomusicology, bibliography and field-research methods, and musical analysis. The program offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in ethnomusicology. Though the M.A. degree is offered, students with the desire and ability to attain the Ph.D. are sought. On both the Master's and Ph.D. levels, students choose one of the world's musics as an area of focus, and perform fieldwork that leads to the writing of master's paper or dissertation, respectively. Students at the master's level are required to pass a reading examination in one foreign language. Ph.D. candidates must pass an examination in two languages.

The graduate program also offers a specialization in systematic musicology. (Go to Systematic Musicology Specialization).

M.A. Degree Requirements

The M.A. degree requires a common core of six courses: History of Ethnomusicology (201), Current Issues in Ethnomusicology (202), Information Technology and Research Skills (205), Integrating Theory with Ethnomusicology (206), Field and Laboratory Methods (281A) and Transcription and Analysis (282).

With respect to the six required core courses, students' trajectory through their first year would look something like this:

Fall Quarter
201
205

Winter Quarter
282
202

Spring Quarter
281A
206

Six additional courses, for a total of twelve courses, are required for the M.A. Students who have not already taken area studies courses in world music at the undergraduate level are also expected to make up this deficiency by taking for credit the year-long series, Musical Cultures of the World (20A-B-C) if students have not taken a year of similar surveys or area studies courses at the undergraduate level; World Music Theory and Musicianship (10A-B-C) if students have inadequate training in music theory; and introductory courses in the social sciences if these are absent from the student's undergraduate record. One two-unit performance ensemble course is also required for each quarter in residence. Students at the master's level are required to pass a reading examination in one foreign language, appropriate to the student's area of interest and approved by the department. Students whose first language is not English may petition to use their native language.

To complete the requirements for the M.A. in ethnomusicology, students take an examination in two parts: a paper of a length, form, and originality suitable for submission to an academic journal; and an oral examination on the paper and on theory and method in ethnomusicology. Students are expected to complete all requirements for the M.A. degree in two years. For the complete and official set of requirements for the M.A., see Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees at the Graduate Division website.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Only students with an M.A. degree in ethnomusicology, or a cognate field with a significant emphasis in ethnomusicology, are admitted to the Ph.D. program, which requires six elective courses beyond those required for the M.A. at UCLA. Students from other universities missing any of the M.A. core seminars are also asked to take those as deficiencies in addition to the six required courses. Students also are required to participate in at least three terms of ethnomusicology performance ensembles.

The Ph.D. degree requires normally six to nine courses, including a minimum of three quarters of Ethnomusicology 291, the one-unit departmental colloquium.

Ph.D. students are eligible to take their written qualifying examinations following completion of all course work and a second foreign language requiring faculty approval. The four written qualifying exams cover: (1) history, theory, and method of ethnomusicology; (2) music cultures of the world; (3) a cultural/geographical area or theoretical approach in ethnomusicology or a topic or discipline outside of ethnomusicology; and (4) a second topic cultural/geographical area or theoretical approach in ethnomusicology or a topic or discipline outside of ethnomusicology. When the written qualifying examinations have been passed and the dissertation proposal has been successfully defended in an oral examination, students are advanced to candidacy and awarded the Candidate in Philosophy (C.Phil.) It is expected that all the above requirements will be completed within two years of entering the Ph.D. program, that is, after completing the M.A. degree.

Almost without exception, students in ethnomusicology are required to complete at least one year of fieldwork for the Ph.D. dissertation. The doctoral dissertation demonstrates the student's ability to perform original, independent research and constitutes a distinct contribution to knowledge in the principal field of study. It is expected that fieldwork and the writing of the dissertation will be completed within three years of advancement to candidacy. For the complete and official set of requirements for the Ph.D. see Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees at the Graduate Division website.

For the complete and official set of requirements for the Ph.D., see Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees available online at the Graduate Division website.

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