In Ethnomusicology and Musicology we are interested in the big issues. Why does music matter? How do understandings of music differ across time, place and culture? How can we help facilitate the sustainability of diverse musical knowledge and practice across the planet for future generations?
Units in Ethnomusicology and Musicology equip students to understand the importance of music and music-related practices in various societies and cultures, and to recognise the many factors that shape the creation, performance and meaning of musical works.
Studying Ethnomusicology and Musicology adds value to our contemporary understanding of music and provides depth to our knowledge about music as a creative practice. Furthermore, units in this program enable students to develop lifelong, transferable skills, including clear and critical thinking, analytical problem solving, research techniques, and writing and communication skills.
Our teaching approach creates pathways for students to progress from an undergraduate interest in Ethnomusicology and Musicology, to Honours, and then graduate research.
Ethnomusicology and Musicology staff undertake research on the following topics:
- Music of Asia
- Decolonising narratives of improvisation, creativity and performance
- Intercultural music
- Music and dance
- 19th century musics
- Music and political economy
- Music of Australia
- Music of Romania
Monash is home to the Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU). MAMU is a physical and digital collection of musical instruments, scores, field recordings, puppets and diverse other musical, dance and theatrical materials acquired since the foundation of the University’s Department of Music in 1965.
The following research groups work with the Ethnomusicology and Musicology stream in the School of Music:
- Monash–Leeds Music Research Partnership
- Music in Asia
- Music in Australia
- 20th and 21st century Romanian Musical Culture
- Street Music
Our academics in Ethnomusicology and Musicology enjoy strong national and international profiles and pursue global interests. View all staff.