The ethnomusicology program at CCM emphasizes ethnographic and analytical methods for studying any musical tradition; given faculty interests, however, a particular area of strength is the music of South Asia, stretching from southern India to the northern Himalayan belt.
The ethnomusicology program offers course work and world music labs to students in the College-Conservatory of Music as well as other UC colleges. Many students pursue studies in ethnomusicology as part of their elective curriculum. Students who are completing a doctoral degree at CCM may enroll in the ethnomusicology cognate as a way of developing a secondary area of specialization in the field of ethnomusicology. It is also possible for graduate student specializing in ethnomusicology to earn a MM or PhD in Musicology within an ethnomusicology "track."