Master of Arts / PhD

Global Music

The MA/PhD in Ethnomusicology investigates music in cultural and social contexts. In preparing students for careers in studying global music communities, our program assists students in understanding music as social practice from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Students are introduced to the intellectual history of the field and its paradigmatic shifts, and research methodology in preparation for ethnographic fieldwork. Our ethnomusicology program seeks to prepare students for careers in the academy, public sector, the music industry, and/or cultural heritage policy-making. We also offer seminars in select global music cultures as well as topics, which examine music as related to gender, politics, religion, economics, philosophy, aesthetics, and musical practice.

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

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.

Dominguez-Chano-by-Jordi-Sunol Chano Dominguez (Photo: Jordi-Sunol) Chano Dominguez (Photo: Jordi Sunol)
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Upcoming Events
Oct 25 Thu
Westwood Village Concert Series - Persian & Afro-Cuban Ensembles
Join us for a weekly music lunchtime concert series during October in the heart of Westwood Village. Concerts are free and open to the public. Persian Music Ensemble*: 12:00pm –
Westwood Village Farmers Market
Oct 25 Thu
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Luciana Souza: North and South - How Brazilian Styles Have Influenced My Jazz Writing
Lecture by jazz vocalist and composer Luciana Souza. Using the styles and rhythms of her native Brazil, Luciana will describe her process for writing jazz pieces.
Band Room – Room 1345 – Schoenberg Music Building
Nov 28 Wed
Jazz Improvisation Class Recital
Enjoy a program of jazz standards by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, presented by the Jazz Improvisation Class.
Room 1439 – Schoenberg Music Building
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