University of Wisconsin-Madison
Program in Ethnomusicology, School
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
Undergraduate and graduate curricula; M.A. in
Ethnomusicology, Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, and graduate minor in
Ethnomusicology. Affiliated with School of Music. Collaboration with Folklore,
Anthropology, and Media & Cultural Studies.
Area specializations include Southeast Asia (especially
Indonesia), East Asia (especially Korea), North America, and the African
diaspora; program emphasizes cultural studies, popular music studies,
ethnography of performance, and area studies, with dual emphasis on historical
and ethnographic methods.
Javanese gamelan performance
ensemble (offered for credit), student music clubs (including Korean p’ungmul
percussion, Russian ensemble, klezmer, and others). Computer-assisted
music analysis lab; related online/electronic databases; special library
collections; musical instrument collection (including a complete Javanese gamelan);
South and Southeast Asia video archive, Modern Indonesian Culture Collection.
Visiting artists in recent years from Indonesia, Korea, India, Cuba, and West
Africa (for concerts and short term residencies and workshops). Summer Javanese
gamelan program in conjunction with SEASSI (Southeast Asian Studies
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Ronald M. Radano. (Ph.D., University of Michigan 1985)
Professor of Music. African American music, world popular music; cultural
R. Anderson Sutton. (Ph.D., University of Michigan 1982)
Professor of Music. Music of Indonesia and Korea; performance and identity,
music and media, music and hybridity, orality and literacy in music, and
Kenneth M. George. (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1989)
Professor of Anthropology. Ritual speech, song, and violence in highland South
Sulawesi, Islam and visual culture in Southeast Asia.
Michele Hilmes. (Ph.D., New York University, 1986) Professor
of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of the Wisconsin Center for Film and
Theater Research, in the Communication Arts Department. History of broadcasting
in international perspective.
James Leary. (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1977) Professor of
Folklore and Director of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures.
Music and expressive culture of the peoples of the upper Midwest (native
populations, immigrant cultures from Europe, Latin America, and Asia).
General Program Statement
The University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate program in
ethnomusicology offers students a firm methodological basis in the discipline
through courses covering the history and theory of ethnomusicology, critical
methods in the study of culture, field work and historical methodologies,
transcription and analysis, and contemporary interdisciplinary approaches.
Concurrent with this course work, the student also gains familiarity with a
broad range of musical activity worldwide through intensive surveys of selected
cultural areas and global musical interconnections. These are supplemented by
performance courses at the beginning and more advanced levels in Javanese gamelan.
The program emphasizes mastery of scholarly skills in both historical and field
research. Required course work at both levels includes courses in related
disciplines (such as cultural studies, anthropology, folklore, language, and
area studies), and doctoral students choose a minor (generally in one of these
related disciplines). Facility with at least one foreign research language is
required at the master’s level and with at least two at the doctoral level.
Student Admission and Graduation
Annually about five students are admitted to the graduate
program (three at the M.A. level, two at the Ph.D. level). Approximately two
M.A., and one Ph.D. degrees in ethnomusicology are awarded annually.
The UW-Madison offers several varieties of funding for
graduate students: (a) University Fellowships for incoming graduate students
(2-3 annually for ethnomusicology/musicology) and for dissertation writers; (b)
Musicology Fellowships for graduate students in ethnomusicology and musicology
(1-2 annually), (c) Teaching and Research Assistantship (2-4 annually for
ethnomusicology). Students specializing in African, Asian, or Eastern European
music are also frequently supported by FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies)
fellowships, granted through the UW-Madison’s many federally-funded National
Resource Centers (1-3 annually for ethnomusicology students).
Professor R. Anderson Sutton, School of Music, University of
Wisconsin-Madison, 455 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706, USA. Phone:
608-263-1900; Fax: 608-262-8876; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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