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Ethnomusicology BA Degree

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Program Description

The Ethnomusicology Concentration is designed to prepare students who wish to discover the rich variety of musical expressions throughout the world by combining hands-on musical experience with academic study. Students in this concentration will be exposed to genres such as the Classical musics of Europe and China, Cajun dance, Cuban son, Hip-Hop, Nigerian Juju, Javanese gamelan, Navajo ritual healing, and Hawaiian chant. Ethnomusicology is interdisciplinary by nature and so ethnomusicologists may also be trained as anthropologists, musicologists, folklorists, educators, performers, composers, dancers, archivists, librarians, historians, linguists, cultural analysts, cognitive psychologists, and in other disciplines. This Concentration will provide opportunities for students to explore new ways of looking at music from cultural and social perspectives and how musical systems have evolved over time.

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  1. Complete a minimum of 128 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. The last 30 hours must be completed at NCCU.
  2. Complete the General Education Curriculum (GEC) Program. See General Education Curriculum section in this Catalog.
Elective courses may be selected upon consultation with and consent of the faculty advisor.

Major Requirements:
MUSL 1010, 1220, 2210, 2220, 2110, 2120, 3110, 3410, 3420; four semesters of APPL; four semesters of ensembles (chosen with the guidance of the advisor) MUSL 3850, MUSL 4600, MUSL 3900, MUSL 4850.

Complete 21 credit hours from the African Diaspora Concentration (or Global Studies) course offerings: ENG 4200, FREN 2300, FREN 4550, GEOG 4310, HIST 2410, HIST 2420, HIST 3070, HIST 3710, HIST 4070, HIST 4160, HIST 4170, HIST 4631, HIST 4910, SPAN 3301, DRAM 4140, ART 1200, ART 2030, ART 3030, MUSL 1001, MUSL 3200, MUSL 2800, MUSL 4810, MUSL 4820, JAZZ 4000, or others as approved by the advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to take HIST 3070, HIST 3710, and HIST 4070.

  • Students will complete a final project in MUSL 4850 instead of recital
  • Complete 20 credit hours electives. Choices may include: MUSL 1001, MUSL 1050, MUSL 1060, MUSL 1070, MUSL 1080, MUSL 3200, MUSL 2800, MUSL 4810, MUSL 4820, JAZZ 4000
  • Enrollment in an applied music primary course in the freshman and sophomore semesters.
  • Enrollment in workshops/recitals in the freshman and sophomore semesters.
  • Enrollment in a musical ensemble in the freshman and junior semesters.
  • Piano Proficiency Examination, with passing grades in all five (5) areas of keyboard skill.


Contact Information

Name: Ralph Barrett, Assistant Professor
Email: rbarrett5@nccu.edu
Phone: (919) 530-7213
Fax: (919) 530-7540
Office Location: 321 C. Ruth Edwards Music Hall
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