Ethnomusicology is a discipline that aims to promote a better understanding of the world through the study of musical practices. Drawing on the expertise of three partner institutions - the Haute école de musique Genève - Neuchâtel, the Unité de musicologie de l'Université de Genève and the Institut d'ethnologie de l'Université de Neuchâtel - the Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology is the first in Switzerland and one of the few in the world to offer a rich and interdisciplinary approach.
After a century of discoveries and methodological developments, the third millennium has seen the emergence of new challenges, the broadening of the field of study and the increase in potential outlets for ethnomusicologists: the growth of the "world music" market, cooperation and cultural diplomacy projects, and the teaching of non-European music, all offer alternatives to the academic world. Choosing to train in ethnomusicology means acquiring the means to listen to extra-European and European societies in an informed way. After a period of common theoretical training, three specialisation orientations allow each student to find a course of study adapted to his or her interests and objectives, opening up various opportunities for professional integration or post-graduate training.
Several concerts are organised each year as part of the ethnomusicology programme with the Diwan Ensemble and the Ensemble Oriental of the HEM.
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