Discover the music of the world
The master’s degree course in ethnomusicology at the University of Würzburg is being relaunched with fundamentally revised content. Applications for the winter semester 2020/21 are possible until July 15, 2020.
Are you interested in the social significance of music? How globalization, media, migration, politics and religion influence music-making? How people in diverse cultures learn, create and express themselves in different styles? Are you excited about the idea of conducting your own field work project, making recordings, working with musicians and communities and networking with international colleagues?
Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany, is delighted to announce the new and revised Ethnomusicology programs in the JMU Institute of Music Research. Online Applications are now being accepted.
The application deadline for a winter semester start is July 15.
The application deadline for summer semester start is January 15.
Our programs balance a strong foundation in theory and methodology with practical music-making, fieldwork, and Applied Ethnomusicology projects. Our orientation is international, multilingual, and interdisciplinary. Performance opportunities range from local Franconian folk music to American shapenote singing, West/Central African percussion, and Arabic classical music.
Tuition is free for all degree students regardless of residency or nationality.
Seminars are offered in a combination of English and German and written work may be submitted in either language. Students must be able to understand both German and English in its spoken and written forms, and must be able to speak and write proficiently in either German or English.
The Masters programs entail three semesters of coursework plus one semester of independent research, which may be fieldwork, archive, and/or practice based.
With both a single-subject MA (120 ECTS) and a double-subject MA in Ethnomusicology (45 ECTS), students may take up to half of their credits in another discipline (such as historical musicology, music education, ethnology/folklore, religious studies, political science and sociology, German studies, American and British studies, Indian studies, or Chinese studies).
Doctoral students may join a college graduate school emphasizing interdisciplinary exchange and receive a PhD in the arts and humanities with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology. A BA minor in Ethnomusicology is planned for the future.
The Ethnomusicology program is part of the JMU Institute of Music Research, the largest university music department in Germany.
Home to strong centers of early music research, historical musicology, and music pedagogy, the Institute offers many opportunities for interdisciplinary exchanges. Facilities include the Studiensammlung Musikinstrumente & Medien (including a large collection of historical and contemporary instruments from around the world), the Ethnomusicology Tonstudio (with field recording equipment that students may check out), a computer lab, an extensive Music Library, and an archive of medieval handwritten notation.
The University of Würzburg is located in the lovely Main River Valley surrounded by vineyard covered rolling hills and is conveniently accessible via high-speed train to the Frankfurt airport and major European cities. This small livable city normally boasts a lively festival culture and, with 25% of the population being first and second generation immigrants, is home to diverse communities.
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