Ethnomusicology

Master of Arts / PhD

Global Music
Cultures

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.

Meet our Graduate Researchers

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Mehrenegar Rostami
Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Traditional and popular musics of the Middle East and Central Asia
Lucas Avidan
Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Cultural aesthetics and transmission in popular music in Tanzania
Armen Adamian
PhD Candidate, Instructor of Armenian Music Ensemble
Otto Stuparitz
Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Traditional and popular musics of Indonesia

Ethnomusicology Faculty

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Ivan Varimezov
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Mark Kligman
Chair of Ethnomusicology; Professor
Supeena Adler
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Chi Li
Adjunct Professor
I Nyoman Wenten
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
A. J. Racy
Distinguished Professor
Daniel Szabo
Adjunct Associate Professor
Pejman Hadadi
Visiting Assistant Professor
Steven Loza
Chair of Global Jazz Studies; 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)
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music receives $3 million to renovate theater
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music has renovated the 133-seat theater in the Schoenberg Music Building thanks to a $3 million gift from the Herb Alpert Foundation. The theater was renamed Lani Hall, in honor of Alpert’s wife, the singer Lani Hall.
Professor’s book about South Korean percussion honored by ASCAP
Katherine In-Young Lee, associate professor of ethnomusicology, has received the Béla Bartók Award for Outstanding Ethnomusicology from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for her book, “Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form.”
Hayden Everett notes key measures in dynamic process behind debut EP - Daily Bruin
Hayden Everett, a third-year ethnomusicology student, put years of work into his self-titled debut EP. Everett said his music journey has taken him from the stairwells and hallways of his dorm to recording studios in Brooklyn, New York.
Event on music of Ottoman diaspora explores immigration, loss of homeland - Daily Bruin
“Historic Recordings from the Ottoman Diaspora: Music & Migration" at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music introduced early 20th-century recordings by immigrants hailing from areas like present-day Turkey, Syria and Lebanon such as Zabelle Panosian, one of the many immigrant musical performers whose songs were presented by Ian Nagoski, record collector and music researcher.
Music of India Ensemble to showcase student sitar skills at Westwood concert series - Daily Bruin
“One of my goals is to give the students exposure to performing publicly,” said Rahul Neuman, the sitar instructor and co-director of the Music of India Ensemble. “We perform, we practice, I teach them and they learn in a classroom setting, but there are limitations to how much you can learn. Those limitations are broadened when you get into public performance.”
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Announces Fall 2019 Season
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Chris Potter, and jazz vocalist Fay Victor, are just two of the artists who will be part of the music school’s Fall 2019 season.
Apr 15 Wed
1:00pm
Free
lectures-symposia, world-music
Unsettling Repertoires: Armenian POWs in Musicology's Colonial Past
During WWI, The Royal Prussian Phonographic Commission recorded the voices of detainees from various backgrounds captive in Prussian camps. Some of these prisoners of war were Armenian soldiers fighting in the Russian army. By examining the sound recordings and printed documents kept in the archives, Melissa Bilal will critically discuss the legacy of the Armenian repertoire produced in internment camps.
Zoom
Apr 29 Wed
1:00pm
Free
lectures-symposia, world-music
Musicking, Policies, and Activism: Notes on Carimbó, Brazil
Based on a multi-sited ethnography that follows a network of carimbó makers, anthropologist Lorena Muniagurria discusses the relations between musicking, public policies, and activism in contemporary Brazil.
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