Definition of ethnomusicology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɛθnəʊmjuːzɪˈkɒlədʒi/


[mass noun]
The study of the music of different cultures, especially non-Western ones.
Example sentences
  • The author stresses that he derived his approach from three different fields of study: cultural anthropology, ethnomusicology and popular music studies.
  • I believe it would be a positive contribution to the discipline if composers could produce and maintain a serial publication that rivalled the major journals in historical musicology, ethnomusicology and music theory.
  • As an apical figure in the establishment of ethnomusicology, his theoretical innovations were initially influential in ethnomusicology and musicology departments and then adopted by anthropologists.



Example sentences
  • The remaining pieces were inspired by Bartok's extensive ethnomusicologic work.
  • Other organizations on campus include the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, home of an outstanding collection of ethnomusicologic instruments; the African American Arts Institute; and the Archives of Traditional Music.


Pronunciation: /ˌɛθnəʊmjuːzɪkəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • In modern ethnomusicological practice, however, more precise methods of recording and transcribing non-Western music have been developed.
  • His first spell of ethnomusicological fieldwork was in 1973, in the Kulu valley in North India: the following year he began a PhD at Wesleyan University, Connecticut, specialising in Japanese music.
  • This is a new addition to an extensive collection of excellent ethnomusicological materials generated under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution.


Example sentences
  • The photographs of ethnomusicologists recording singers and musicians, and collecting interviews and performances could fill volumes devoted to the field's history.
  • It is based on authentic folk material collected by the Turkish-Armenian composer and ethnomusicologist Komitas.
  • Despite this popularity the genre has received little study from ethnomusicologists.

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