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Ethnomusicology is the study of music in its cultural context, cultural musicology . It can beconsidered the anthropology or ethnography of music. Jeff Todd Titon has called it the study of "people making music". It is often thought of as a study ofnon-Western musics, but often includes the study of Western music from an anthropological perspective.

While musicology contends to be purely about music itself (almost always western classical music ), ethnomusicologists are often interested in putting the music they study into a widercultural context. Ethnomusicology as it emerged in the late 19th century and early 20th century , practiced by people such as Vinko Zganec , Franjo Ksaver , Carl Stumpf , Erich von Hornbostel , Curt Sachs and Alexander J. Ellis , tended tofocus on non-European music of an oral tradition, but in more recent years the field has expanded to embrace all musical stylesfrom all parts of the world.

Ethnomusicologists apply theory and methods from cultural anthropology as well as other disciplines in the social sciences andhumanities. People who have done well known ethnomusicological work have sometimes been previously trained as anthropologistsstudying many other aspects of a society as well as their music. A well known example of such a study is Colin Turnbull 's study of the Mbuti pygmies . Another example is Jaime de Angulo , a linguist who ended up learning much about the music of the Indians ofNorthern California (see [1] ). Yet another is Anthony Seeger, professor at theUniversity of California, Los Angeles, who studied the music and society of the Suya people in Mato Grosso, Brazil (see [2] ).

Four important centers for ethnomusicological study are the Universities of California at Los Angeles and Santa Barbara ; Indiana University, Bloomington, and the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research at University of Zagreb , Croatia .

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