Singapore University of Social Sciences

Pedagogy of Ethnomusicology

Pedagogy of Ethnomusicology (BMU303)

Applications Open: 01 October 2021

Applications Close: 15 December 2021

Next Available Intake: January 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Music from different traditions (including popular music) are recognised to be an important aspect of music education. This course explores wide-ranging music traditions (including Asian music traditions). The diversity of ideas and music practices will raise awareness of ethnomusicological issues and explore the rich diversity of music perspectives, highlighting the role of music in societies.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Introduction and Historical Perspectives: From Comparative Musicology to Ethnomusicology
  • Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology
  • Area and Regional Studies I (Asian Traditions)
  • Area and Regional Studies II (Urban and Popular Musics)
  • The Music of Singapore
  • Teaching as Ethnomusicology

Learning Outcome

  • Examine a wide-range of music from different music, practices, traditions, and culture.
  • Identify similarities and differesnces among musical traditions, emphasizing the historical, cultural and philosophical understanding of each.
  • Compare different music genres within a geographic region and respective culture.
  • Interpret various understandings, culture and practice of ‘music’ to foster creative and diverse learning experiences.
  • Appraise current understanding of ethnomusicology and identify misconceptions which arises.
  • Analyse concepts and theories in relation to ethnomusicology
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