ethnomusicology

noun
eth·​no·​mu·​si·​col·​o·​gy | \ˌeth-nō-ˌmyü-zi-ˈkä-lə-jē \

Definition of ethnomusicology 

1 : the study of music that is outside the European art tradition

2 : the study of music in a sociocultural context

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Other Words from ethnomusicology

ethnomusicological \ ˌeth-​nō-​ˌmyü-​zi-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl \ adjective
ethnomusicologist \ ˌeth-​nō-​ˌmyü-​zi-​ˈkä-​lə-​jist \ noun

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Jessie: Many fields in academia, including ethnomusicology, are guilty of this too. Smithsonian, "Andean Solstice Celebrations Capture the Wondrous Churn of Spacetime," 22 June 2018 Tini has studied ethnomusicology — and is an astrologer. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Bowerbird's 2-man music contraption is a hot ticket for 4 remaining Philly shows," 8 May 2018 Quint Davis, who had been a drama and ethnomusicology major at Tulane University, dropped out to work on the first Jazz Fest in 1970. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "The man behind the Jazz Fest curtain," 27 Apr. 2018 The name comes from the musician’s love of Sudanese violin culture and interest in ethnomusicology. Makeda Easter, latimes.com, "'If she’s going to headline, I’m going to headline:' Black women reflect on the power of Beyoncé at Coachella," 25 Apr. 2018 But Ravi’s influence got me job at the University of Washington, in the ethnomusicology department. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Zakir Hussain leaps borders with all-star jazz & Indian music band Crosscurrents," 21 Oct. 2017 Dies received a master's of arts degree in folklore and ethnomusicology from Indiana University and has taught and studied music in Mexico, Spain and Kenya. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Ensemble features regional music, instruments of Mexico," 11 Sep. 2017 Music students from around the world learned about the program, and came to Wesleyan, which awarded its first doctorate in ethnomusicology to an Ethiopian student in 1971. Anne M. Hamilton, courant.com, "Extraordinary Life: He Invited The World To Wesleyan Music," 10 Sep. 2017 I was born in Middletown, Connecticut while my dad was getting his PhD in ethnomusicology and anthropology at Wesleyan University. Hannah Smothers, Cosmopolitan, "The Raw, Amazing Story of How Bozoma "Badass Boz" Saint John Became the CBO of Uber," 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of ethnomusicology

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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