University of Texas at Austin
Butler School of Music
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
The Butler School of Music offers M.M. and Ph.D. degrees in
The Graduate Program in Ethnomusicology emphasizes an
interdisciplinary approach to musical studies that reaches from its home base
in the Butler School of Music across campus to draw on the expertise of faculty
in departments, Centers and Institutes in the College of Liberal Arts and the
College of Communications. The program welcomes integration with our colleagues
in historical musicology and allows students considerable leeway in devising a
curriculum that includes courses ranging from seminars in music history to area
studies seminars and courses in cultural anthropology. While we encourage our
students to engage with current concerns and issues in the field of
ethnomusicology, we also incorporate the full history of ideas in the field in
preparing students for professional careers as ethnomusicologists and related
positions. While the faculty have area expertise in Latin America, sub-Saharan
Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, our students are free to pursue
research in any music of any time or place. Recent seminars offered or soon to
be offered by ethnomusicology faculty include: Music and Intellectual Property
Law; Music, Gender and Sexuality; Emotion, Meaning and Aesthetics in Music;
Auditory Culture; Music of the Spanish Caribbean; South Asian Music in the
Post-Colonial World; Music and Modernity in Indonesia.
The ethnomusicology program
maintains a small working Archives for Ethnomusicology that includes a music
analysis laboratory. The program also maintains a musical instrument
collection, emphasizing instruments that are incorporated in our performing
ensembles, including a full slendro/pelog central Javanese gamelan in the
Jogyakarta style, Kyai Rosowibowo. The Butler School of Music maintains a large
computer lab that is open to all students seeking degrees in the School. The UT
Libraries maintain several special collections (particularly strong in Latin
American and Asian Studies holdings) that are excellent resources for students
in the program. The Doty Fine Arts Library, in addition to its fine collection
of books, journals and reference materials relevant to ethnomusicological
research, maintains an extensive audio-visual collection that is particularly
strong in World Music and popular music. The Harry Ransom Center is an
important resource for scholars of the Humanities, maintaining special
collections of rare books, manuscripts, photography, art and the performing
arts. The Musicology/Ethnomusicology Division brings several visiting speakers
to campus each year and also supports performers in residence when possible.
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Veit Erlmann. (Dr.phil., Cologne, Dr.habil. Cologne,
Dr.habil., FU Berlin) Endowed Chair of Music History, Professor of Music and
Anthropology. Area specialization in West, Central, Southern Africa and
Indonesia; theoretical interests: globalization, modernity, media, world music,
diaspora, history of sound; intellectual property law.
Robin Moore. (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin)
Professor. Musics of Latin America with emphasis in the Caribbean and Mexico.
Theoretical interests: music and race relations, historical ethnomusicology,
nationalism, music and socialism.
Sonia Tamar Seeman. (Ph.D., University of California, Los
Angeles) Assistant Professor; joint appointment in ethnomusicology and Center
for Middle Eastern Studies. Musical practices of Middle East and Southeastern
Europe, with emphasis on former Ottoman territories and Roma minority
communities; post-structuralism, feminist and gender theories, identity and
alterity construction, continental philosophy.
Stephen Slawek. (Ph.D., University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign; M.Mus. Banaras Hindu University) Professor. Affiliate of the
South Asia Institute. Musics of South Asia and U.S. popular music;
improvisation; ethnotheory; identity, difference and power relations; musical
change; post-colonialism and music; aesthetics and musical meaning; performance
practice of Hindustani sangita (sitar); Javanese gamelan (gender barung, bonang
General Program Statement
The Graduate Program in Ethnomusicology is administered
through the Musicology/Ethnomusicology Division of the Butler School of Music.
The Musicology/Ethnomusicology Division is unusual in American academia for its
integration of musicology and ethnomusicology, history and ethnography; we
encourage our students to challenge the shifting boundaries between Western
"art” repertories, non-Western traditions, and popular music. Graduate students
receive solid training in a variety of historical, historiographic, analytical,
cultural, and ethnographic issues before specializing in a historical period,
geographical area, or a combination of these and other fields. The study of
ethnomusicology at The University of Texas at Austin is conceived of and taught
as a holistic, interdisciplinary research field emphasizing all processes and
products of human musical invention. The program embraces the diverse
intellectual means and approaches, the blending of humanistic and social
scientific disciplines, and the rigorous commitment to prolonged field research
as prerequisites to the success of such academic adventures. The existence on
campus of several strong and diverse area study centers provide valuable
resources to our students. These include the Center for European Studies; the
Center for Mexican-American Studies; the Center for Middle Eastern Studies; the
Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; the John L. Warfield
Center for African-American and African Studies; the South Asia Institute; and
the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.
Graduate degrees are offered at The University of Texas at Austin with a
concentration in ethnomusicology. Graduate applicants are selected for their
motivation and ability to make significant contributions to theory, research,
and interpretation of the world’s differing musical systems, ideologies, and
practices. Students typically maintain a close relationship with a related
Institute or program such as the Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies,
the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, or the South Asia
Institute. Undergraduate students may elect a Musicology or Ethnomusicology
Concentration within the Bachelor of Arts in Music program.
Student Admission and Graduation
Average number of students admitted each year: 4.
Average number that graduate each year: 4.
Recent graduates of our program occupy adjunct or tenure track positions at the
University of Kansas, Indiana University, Tulane University, Salem State
University, Tufts University, the University of Iowa, Texas A & M
University, Southwestern University and others.
Fellowships and assistantship support are available through
the Butler School of Music. Students are eligible to compete for Foreign
Language Area Study Fellowships offered by qualified Centers and Institutes.
The University offers Pre-emptive Fellowships to the most outstanding
applicants and Continuing Fellowships to students demonstrating extraordinary
promise during their graduate studies.
UT Austin, Butler School of Music, Graduate Admissions, 1
University Station E3100, Austin TX 78712-0435. Graduate Office phone:
Butler School of Music: http://www.music.utexas.edu/
Information for prospective
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