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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Armen Adamian
PhD Candidate, Instructor of Armenian Music Ensemble
Otto Stuparitz
Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Traditional and popular musics of Indonesia
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

Ethnomusicology Faculty

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Ivan Varimezov
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Steven Loza
Chair of Global Jazz Studies; Professor
Chi Li
Adjunct Professor
A. J. Racy
Distinguished Professor
I Nyoman Wenten
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Supeena Adler
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Pejman Hadadi
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mark Kligman
Chair of Ethnomusicology; Professor
Yuri Shimoda
Digital Projects and Preservation Specialist, UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive
Daniel Szabo
Adjunct Associate 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)
Original Student Song Featured in New Film “Mighty Oak”
Second year ethnomusicology student, Sophia Bacino is honored to have her original song “Indigo” featured in the new film “Mighty Oak.”
Carlos Santana to address School of Music graduates, June 19
Carlos Santana said he wants the graduates “to use their music as a platform to empower and unite as we seek justice and creative solutions during these challenging times.”
Kamasi Washington on Writing a Score Worthy of Michelle Obama
This year marks another didn’t-see-that-coming milestone for Kamasi Washington, former UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music student. The American jazz saxophonist wrote and, with his band, performed the score for Becoming, the Michelle Obama documentary currently airing on Netflix.
Smaller Funds Make a Big Impact for Music Performance Students
Travis Cross, Chair of the Department of Music, thanks our School of Music community for their support and highlights how smaller gifts have made a big difference in students’ academic lives by funding instrument rentals.
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.
‘Juana’: The feminist, nun, scholar, thinker, poet—and now an opera | Peoples World
Peoples World reviews Opera UCLA's 'Juana', highlighting the opera's primarily female production team, the contemporary but accessible and inviting score and libretto, and the cast's enchanting performances.
Oct 14 Wed
1:00pm
Free
lectures-symposia
Gone to the Village — Documentary Screening
Gone to the Village is a multifaceted and multidirectional documentary that chronicles the fusion of oral traditions, political authority, and national unity with the visual, musical, and performance arts of Asante. It is a unique and powerful documentary of the elaborate funerary rites for the Queen Mother of the Asante in Ghana.
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Nov 25 Wed
1:00pm
Free
lectures-symposia
‘Survivors' Music’ and Transitional Justice in Post-genocide Bosnia
In addition to the official transitional justice mechanisms established to address the 1995 Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina, a large part of a transnational community of Srebrenica survivors has been engaged in a local musical practice to narrate, or testify about, their experiences of the genocide. This lecture will focus on this repertoire vis-à-vis official transitional justice mechanisms, and as a tool through which survivors express and claim their truth about the genocide.
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