The Masters of Music Program in Ethnomusicology is now featured in a video episode of "Grad School Now!" produced by the UTPA Graduate School. It featured interviews with program director Dr. Cathy Ragland and graduate student Cora Durain. Click link to view: http://www.youtube.com/UTPAGradSchool
**Sign up NOW for Fall 2012 courses: MUS 6337/ANTH 6337 Foundations of Ethomusicology/Anthropology of Music and MUS 6373 Music of Africa and the African Diaspora**
The South Texas Rio Grande Valley region, which also borders Northern Mexico, has a long and rich history in the research, study and practice of music and folklore. The University of Texas-Pan American is the largest university in the region and provides a unique setting for the study of Ethnomusicology in the Border region, Mexico and the Caribbean as well as Mexican American and pan-Latino communities across the US. The Masters Program in Ethnomusicology is a cross-disciplinary program that allows students the opportunity to follow individualized avenues of scholarly interests and study. Coursework in the program provides comprehensive training in Ethnomusicological history, theory and research methods and analysis, Mexican, Mexican American (Chicano/a and Tejano/a) and Latino history, culture and society. Students in this program engage in coursework across disciplines in Music, Anthropology, Folklore, Sociology, History, Mexican American and Latin American Studies. Likewise, graduate students pursuing degrees in departments outside of Music can take many of the courses offered in the Ethnomusicology program.
Graduates of the Masters Program in Ethnomusicology can work as educators in elementary, middle and high schools and at community colleges. They can also work in museums, where they might conduct research, create exhibits, develop programs related to music and culture or maintain a music archive. They are prepared to work in city and community-based arts organizations and agencies with music education programs and where they can create festivals and other public programs which provide venues for traditional and popular artists. They can also work in the music and film industry, where they provide consultant services or they might work as music and arts critics for newspapers, magazines and webzines. Many work as cultural policy advisors and in curriculum development. Finally, graduates in Ethnomusicology can choose to pursue a PhD at another University with the goal of working at colleges and universities all over the world. Ethnomusicologists teach in a wide range of academic departments such as Music, Anthropology, Folklore, Latin American Studies, American Studies and Ethnic Studies. Ethnomusicologists have produced numerous books, festivals, films, documentary videos, CDs, and computer software that present and interpret music and culture that are widely in use today. These are exciting times for students pursuing a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology and there are many creative opportunities waiting for them!