The Master of Arts in Music, offered in the fields of ethnomusicology, historical musicology, and music theory, is designed to acquaint you with methods of scholarly research.

The MA in Music at UBC provides broad general training and opportunities for specialized research in particular areas of inquiry. Prescribed curricula are flexible, providing latitude to meet diverse individual needs.

In addition to offering courses in the established practices of their respective fields, the academic faculty have eclectic interests that bridge conventionally separate disciplines or historical and geographical area specialties. Members of all divisions teach and write about world popular music of many kinds. A Canadian Indigenous music scholar teaches a cross-disciplinary course in critical studies. Theorists and ethnomusicologists collaborate on the analysis of world traditional musics; historical musicologists branch out to write and teach about sound studies, Cantonese music, or opera in global context; and our music theory faculty research rhythm and cognition in many aspects.

Historical musicology

The Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in musicology at the UBC School of Music offers advanced training leading to professional careers in teaching and scholarly research.
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The MA in Music with an emphasis on ethnomusicology educates scholars and performers, both to teach and to engage with the shifting lines of inquiry and methodological debates that define the field.
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Music theory

Attain advanced proficiency in the analysis of Western music; practice in the analysis of world music; gain familiarity with recent scholarship on diverse topics in music theory; and more.
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