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Study Ethnomusicology at Otago

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Otago offers a wide range of subjects covering diverse musics of the world. We examine the social and cultural meanings of any musical style of any culture, how to study music and the people performing it, how music fits into its cultural context, and specific music of Asian, Pacific, Latin American, and European cultures.

We also offer students the chance to play Javanese gamelan (Indonesian percussion), Japanese koto (zither), and African drumming (djembe) as practical studies in ethnomusicology, either as stand alone papers or within a specific area study.

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Contact details

School of Performing Arts

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Minor subject requirements

Ethnomusicology as a minor subject for a BA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level Two of MUSI 103, MUSI 104, MUSI 105, MUSI 140, MUSI 141, MAOR 108


200-level Two of MUSI 203, MUSI 240, MUSI 241, MUSI 266, MUSI 267, MUSI 268, MUSI 269, MAOR 208



One of MUSI 303, MUSI 340, MUSI 341, MUSI 366, MUSI 367, MUSI 368, MUSI 369, MUSI 371, MUSI 386, MAOR 308


ANTH 105, 205 or 320 may be substituted for one paper.
MUSI 140, 141, 240, 241, 340, and 341 should be taken in an approved instrument.

Not available for the Bachelor of Music (MusB) or Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) programmes.

Total 90

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