Units in ethnomusicology and musicology offer students the opportunity to study music in various historical, social and cultural contexts.
Students enrolled in the BMus, BA (music major) and BA (music minor) degrees can enrol in ethnomusicology and musicology units. BA students and students enrolled in other degree and double-degree courses across the university can also take ethnomusicology and musicology units as electives.
Units in ethnomusicology and musicology equip students to understand the importance of music and music-related practices in various societies and cultures and recognise the many factors that shape the creation, performance and meaning of musical works.
Studying ethnomusicology and musicology adds value to our contemporary understanding of music and provides depth to our knowledge about music as a creative practice. Furthermore, units in this program enable students to develop lifelong, transferable skills, including clear and critical thinking, analytical problem solving, research techniques and writing and communication skills.
All BMus students take the following units from the ethnomusicology and musicology program.
Students may take electives from a range of units reflecting the research expertise of ethnomusicology and musicology staff:
- ATS1343 Popular music in global perspective
- ATS2687 The ethnomusicology of improvisation
- ATS2804 From the erotic to the exotic: Music in the nineteenth century
- ATS3824 Popular music and society
- ATS3926 Gongs, punks and shadow plays
- ATS3144 Music research in the digital age
- ATS2805 Music, identity and place
- ATS2900 Writing about music: From headlines to hashtags
- ATS3061 Music in Australia
- ATS3153 Music research project
- ATS3818 Drumming traditions of West Africa
- ATS3823 Improvising traditions of South Asia
- ATS3825 Western art music in the 20th and 21st century
- ATS3829 East Asia and its music: Silk road histories and popular contexts
BMus Specialisation in Ethnomusicology and Musicology
BMus students may elect to change their chief music study to ethnomusicology or musicology after first year.
Students wishing to undertake a specialisation in this area should contact Dr Paul Watt.
This video showcases two excerpts from The Forest of Matra, a shadow puppet performance (wayang kulit) led by puppet-master (dhalang) Ki Joko Susilo (University of Otago, New Zealand), with guest musicians Michael Ewing, Soegito Hardjodikoro and Aline Scott-Maxwell, and the Monash University Gamelan Orchestra (Jonathan McIntosh, musical director).
- Last week Professor Margaret Kartomi received the Koizumi Fumio Prize, an international award for achievements in ethnomusicology, in a ceremony in Tokyo. Read more
- The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music has been honoured with hosting the inaugural chair in Indian Studies at Monash University. This prestigious chair was established ... Read more
- Dr Paul Watt, a senior lecturer in musicology in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, has been awarded a European Union Seventh Program Senior ... Read more
- FANTASY OR REALITY? THE VIHUELA IN THE WORKS OF CABEZÓN Antonio de Cabezón (c.1510-1566) was the most outstanding organist and composer of 16th-century Spain. Some modern ... Read more
- Ethnomusicologist Bronia Kornhauser was invited to deliver the 11th Annual Leo Baeck Lecture earlier this month on the topic of Jewish Music in Australia. She ... Read more
- The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music present a public lecture by Steven Feld Event details:Wednesday 6th May, 7.30pmSchool of Music Auditorium55 Scenic Boulevard, Monash University. This is a free event, and ... Read more
- As part of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music’s 50th anniversary celebrations, acclaimed composer and oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros will give a keynote address ... Read more
- The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music are thrilled to announce that Adjunct Research Associate and ethnomusicologist Dr John Garzoli has been awarded a three month Post-Doctoral ... Read more
- Rachel London, a third-year musicology student, has completed the first-ever internship offered by the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. In the final unit of in ... Read more
- Dr Paul Watt, a senior lecturer in musicology in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, has recently published a new book with Dr Anne-Maree Forbes ... Read more