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What is Ethnomusicology?

Ethnomusicology involves the study of all kinds of music from all over the world, using a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The Department of Ethnomusicology, the largest and first of its kind in a U.S. university, offers courses that cover the music of virtually every region of the world and of many ethnic groups in the U.S., as well as courses on popular music and film music. Most courses combine an interest in music as an art form with questions about how musical art and practice relate to other aspects of culture, society, politics, and economics. Courses are also given on the philosophy and aesthetics of music. In addition to lecture courses, the department offers performance ensemble courses in several world and American music traditions.

The Department of Ethnomusicology is aligned with the departments of Music and Musicology and aspires to promote productive collaboration between performance and scholarship, a cross-cultural global understanding of the art of music, and preparatory training for a broad range of careers in music after students graduate.

Ethnomusicology Faculty
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Daniel Szabo
Adjunct Associate Professor
Ben Doleac
Lecturer
Maureen Russell
Adjunct Asst. Professor
Helen Rees
Professor
Roger Savage
Professor
Anna Morcom
Professor
Mark Kligman
Chair of Ethnomusicology; Professor
Shannon Garland
Postdoctoral scholar
Teresia Awe
Lecturer
Chi Li
Adjunct Professor
Tzvetanka Varimezova
Adjunct Professor
Amy Catlin- Jairazbhoy
Adjunct Professor
A. J. Racy
Distinguished Professor
Aaron Bittel
Adjunct Associate Professor
I Nyoman Wenten
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Abhiman Kaushal
Adjunct Professor
Jesús Guzmán
Continuing Lecturer
Tara Browner
Professor
Supeena Adler
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ivan Varimezov
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Münir Beken
Associate Professor
James Roberson
Adjunct Asst. Professor
Kenny Burrell
Distinguished Professor
Steven Loza
Chair of Global Jazz Studies; Professor
Katherine Lee
Assistant Professor
Francis Awe
Lecturer
Guest Artists & Scholars Offer Students Unique Insights

A stream of high-profile artists and scholars from around the world have energized and inspired our students, helping to transform their educational experience. Among them are J.H. Kwabena Nketia, considered Africa’s premier musicologist/ethnomusicologist; Akin Euba, a Nigerian composer, musicologist, and pianist; MacArthur Fellow Steven Feld, an American ethnomusicologist, anthropologist, and linguist, who worked for many years with the Kaluli people of Papua New Guinea; Judith Becker, professor emerita of ethnomusicology, University of Michigan; Mark Slobin, the author or editor of books on Afghanistan and Central Asia, eastern European Jewish music, film music, and ethnomusicology theory; Chano Dominguez, award-winning Spanish-born pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator, and Hossein Omoumi, a scholar and teacher of Persian traditional music, among others.

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IN THE NEW YORK TIMES: "What is the sound of your DNA?” Spotify and Ancestry.com teamed up to create a tool to convert DNA sequences into Spotify playlists. Professors Tim Taylor and Gigi Johnson weighed in at the New York Times.
Gee Rabe and Atomic Hipster combo perform in Idyllwild
REVIEW: Rabe played both accordion and steel drum as she and her Hipsters performed songs of the ’50s and ’60s.
Daniel Seeff on KJazz's new Thursday night show EXCURSIONS
EXCURSIONS airs every THURSDAY NIGHT on KJazz 88.1 from 10pm to midnight
Work which received its world premiere at UCLA wins 2018 Global Music Awards Gold Medal
American composer Earl Louis Stewart has won a 2018 Global Music Awards Gold Medal in the category Counterpoint Classical/Jazz for his composition Homage to Swing (Identity 158), which received its
Professor Mark Kligman named new chair of Department of Ethnomusicology
“I look forward to serving the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in this role and building upon the important work of Professor Steve Loza,” said Kligman.
Explore Our Degrees
Composition
Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
Conducting
Graduate study and training in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting
Ethnomusicology
The study of global musical traditions through performance training, research, and field work
Global Jazz Studies
Jazz performance and musicianship courses are paired with African American Studies
BA
Music Education
Preparation for music educators leading to a B.A. and teaching credential in just four years
BA
Music Industry
Industry professionals and UCLA faculty prepare students for music-related careers
Musicology
The scholarly study of the histories, cultures, and critical interpretations of music and music-making
Music Performance
Study and training towards professional performance careers in Western classical music
Music Performance Jazz
A highly selective M.M. program in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
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