Ethnomusicology studies provide a comprehensive education, expanding intellectual vision. It includes the learning and research of traditional music styles of Latvia and the world.
An essential part of the study process is field research, learning traditional singing and instrument performance, as well as acquiring pedagogical skills and qualifications.
New bachelors and masters of ethnomusicology can, after their studies, work in research, music teaching and lead folklore groups and ensembles or become music journalists. Ethnomusicology studies provide a fully-fledged basis for research development and the development of a scientific career.
The ethnomusicology study programme is one of the newest at JVLMA, launched in 2006. The study programme is unique on an international scale, offering equivalent learning of both research and music performance and pedagogy.
Until 2018, Professor Anda Beitāne was the head of the ethnomusicology class.
Upon successful graduation of a Bachelor’s study programme a Professional Bachelor's degree in Music, Choreography or Musical Pedagogy (in programmes General Education Music Teacher, Professional Music Subject Teacher) is conferred upon a student, together with the fifth level professional qualification according to the specialisation (pianist, violinist, choral conductor, composer, musicologist, choreographer etc.).
The integral curriculum of the Bachelor's studies, which in addition to academic and professional training courses also include the courses required for teaching, provides all graduates the corresponding pedagogical qualification (teacher of piano playing, violin playing, choral conducting, music theory, dance, etc.). Considering the requirements of
today's labour market, a number of study programmes allow students the option to obtain the right to work in a music school as a teacher of a different subject (to teach piano playing, music theory, a related wind instrument, etc.) as an elective course.
Upon completion of a Professional Master's degree programme a graduate is granted a Professional Master's degree in Music or Choreography. Upon successful graduation from the Academic Master's degree programme, a Master of Arts degree in Humanities is conferred.
At the end of academic doctorate studies, students receive a statement regarding the acquisition of a doctorate study programme and, after successfully defending the promotional work, obtains a doctoral diploma and a degree of Doctor of Arts (Dr. Art.).