School of Music


Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology (MA)


Michael Lee Harland


ethnomusicology, music, music education, academia, musicology, globalization, multicultural, Asian American, Korean music


Education | Music


Music education is often synonymous with Western Music education, or more specifically, Classical music education. Music theory and analysis surrounding the styles of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven have been central to the pedagogy of a collegiate musical background, while expertise in Carnatic, Gamelan, or African drumming—to name a few—is seen as nonessential. This research project aims to uncover the reasons why (higher) music education is so narrowly focused and provides the skeletal framework for a practical method to begin constructing diverse, holistic curricula. While the overarching goal is to diversify music education in all cultures, the project focuses on the Asian American and Korean diasporas. After a literature review that outlines the need to alter the state of music academia through these diasporas, the project provides an example course design that could be annexed into most degree plans, and assume little-to-no musical knowledge outside Western practices. A survey is also provided with a sample set of participants, detailing how faculty and other educational institutions could use data from relevant demographics (such as a student pool) to develop their own curricula. The implications of this project's survey data suggest that reeducation would have to develop slowly, for the sake of both educational institutions and students alike.