Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology
Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology is a joint study program between the University of Geneva (Musicology Unit), the University of Neuchâtel (Institute of Ethnology) and the Geneva Haute école de musique. Led by a team of specialists working in close collaboration, the program benefits from a wide network of international contacts. Ethnomusicology deals with the study of music and musical practices in the West and beyond, focusing more specifically on its cultural, social, ritual or transmission components.
This curriculum is targeted toward graduate students in musicology willing to widen their musical horizon and their carreer opportunities, to graduates in music willing to enlarge their repertoire and reflect on the notion and issues of music, to graduates in ethnology/anthropology interested in the role of musical practices in traditional societies, but also in the contemporary context of globalisation, identities affirmations or cultural developments. The curriculum is also available to graduates in other fields by means of specific bridges.
- To deepen the scientific knowlegde in analysis, history, transcription, recording of a diversity of musical forms.
- To acquire conceptual tools aimed at situating musical practices in their social frames of production and reception, in order to investigate their political, economical and legal issues, not only at a local level, but also in the current situation of spreading globalisation.
- To develop competences in western and non-western musical practices.
The curriculum extents for two years, for a total of 120 ECTS Credits. It offers three minors:
- Preservation and presentation of sound archives and musical instruments collections.
- Field research in ethnomusicology
- Language and practice of non-western music.