A number of electives in Ethnomusicology are offered on a regular basis.  They include:

Music 266:  Funk: The Re-Africanization of American Popular Song.
Professor Michael Veal
A survey of African American dance music of the late 1960s through the early 1980s, typified by artists such as James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Sly & the Family Stone. Examination of the music in the context of the period of African American cultural history during which it emerged.

Music 232:  Javanese Gamelan: Analysis and Performance.
Various Instructors.
Javanese musical genres and performance styles from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first. Performance on multiple instruments; study of theoretical, aesthetic, and analytical discourses about gamelan and other Indonesian performance genres. Students in this class form the nucleus of the Yale Javanese Gamelan Ensemble.

Music 353:  Topics in World Music.
Professor Michael Veal.
A critical introduction to selected cultures of world music. Specific cultures vary from year to year but generally include those of Native America, South Asia, Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.

Music 487:  Traditional and Contemporary Music of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Professor Michael Veal.
Advanced study of the traditional and contemporary music of sub-Saharan Africa. Focus on selected musics and music cultures of Guinea, Mali, the Gambia, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.