Diploma in Ethnomusicology (Graduate Program)


A growing awareness of the richness and beauty of non-western musics and the interrelatedness of all musical cultures has led the Eastman School to develop a Diploma in Ethnomusicology. Ethnomusicology is the academic discipline that formally studies world music traditions. A combination of music and anthropology, ethnomusicology—like musicology (music and history)—has had a long history in the academy.

Today, good musical citizenship requires knowledge of one’s own musical cultures, as well as those of the others with whom we share our world. This program enhances philosophical, political, and musical dimensions, while simultaneously developing practical, hands-on skills. Involving class work, performance, and independent research, the Diploma equips students to enter today’s job market, as well as to continue graduate study in ethnomusicology.

The Diploma program is open to graduate students. Many of the requirements can be met under the category of “unspecified electives” that exist as part of the students’ major departmental curricula. Students can apply any time during their studies at the School but must apply no later than the beginning of their last year (two semesters) at the School. Students will be assigned an ESM professor who will monitor their progress through the Program.

All students interested in the Diploma program must submit an application form and a proposal for a plan of study. At the completion of the set of courses (for which the student must receive a grade of B+ or higher), the student will take an oral examination (pass/fail).

What are the Requirements?


3-4 credits       World Music (MHS 281 or 282; or MUR 121)

3-4 credits       An anthropologically-oriented elective course

4 credits       Four semesters of performance in one (or more) of the following world music ensembles:

• Balinese Gamelan ENS 415

• Zimbabwean Mbira ENS 416/417

• South Indian Drumming EIC 217

   4 credits       Introduction to Ethnomusicology (ETH 502)

3-4 credits       Independent Study resulting in a fieldwork or research project

Oral examination

How Can I Apply?

To download the application form:

Diploma in Ethnomusicology Application Form

To request a hard copy of the application form please contact:

Academic Affairs Office
26 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Main Phone 585.274.1020
Fax 585.276.2150

Please submit this form and cover letter to the Office of Academic Affairs, ESM Box 63.