Department of Musicology
School of Music, College of Fine Arts
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
University offers an M.A. in Music with a specialization in ethnomusicology and
Ph.D. in Musicology/Ethnomusicology. We are a department of the School of Music
in the College of Fine Arts and affiliated with the Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences. In particular, we maintain close ties to anthropology, area studies,
are committed to a primacy of scholarship, enriched through performance.
Faculty specializations include the music and culture of Southeast Asia
(specifically Bali, Indonesia), South Asia, Africa, Cuba, and American music.
Theoretical interests range from musical discourse to modernization, the music
industry to music editions. We offer core seminars in ethnomusicology that
introduce the history of the discipline, research methods, and musical
ethnographies, and special topics courses that investigate diverse
interrelations such as music as social experience, and music, politics and
identity. World music ensembles include African dance and drumming, and
Balinese gender wayang. We are enriched by our close affiliation with the
musicology faculty, who have strong research interests in popular music and
drumming and dance ensemble; Balinese gender wayang; Howard Gotlieb Archival
Research Center with special collections in the Mugar Library (including
significant documents for Charles Keil, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat Hentoff, Cab
Calloway, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others); BU Center for the Study of
Asia (BUCSA); African Studies Library; African Presidential Archives and
Research Center (APARC); International Center for East Asian Archaeology and
Cultural History; Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and
Civilizations; Editorial Institute; Humanities Foundation; Dakar Senegalese
Studies Program for six weeks in summer introduces students to Senegalese
culture through West African drumming and dance. There are also numerous study
abroad programs throughout Europe that include music. Students enrolled at
Boston University may take courses at Boston College, Brandeis University,
Hebrew College, and Tufts University via the 1972 Inter-University Cross
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Cornelius. Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. Visiting Professor of
Music, School of Music, College of Fine Arts, with an affiliation to the Center
for African Studies. African diaspora, the music industry, and American music.
Heimarck. Ph.D., Cornell University (1999). Associate Professor, School of
Music, College of Fine Arts, with a joint appointment in the College of Arts
and Sciences and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Southeast Asia,
Indonesia, Balinese gender wayang (shadow play music), local discourses, music
editions, modernization, music and culture of India.
Coelho. Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles. Associate Provost for
Undergraduate Education and Professor of Musicology. Sixteenth- and
seventeenth-century Italian music, lute music, African-American music, popular
music, colonialism and cross-cultural perspectives.
Rifkin. Honorary Doctorate, University of Dortmund (1999). University Professor
in Musicology. Bach interpretation, Renaissance music, ragtime, folk, Scott
Shenton. Ph.D. Harvard University (1998). James R. Houghton Scholar of Sacred
Music, joint appointment at the School of Theology; Associate Professor and
Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program. Music and religion, performance
practice, twentieth-century music, Olivier Messiaen.
Yudkin. Ph.D. Stanford University. Chair of the Department of Musicology and
Ethnomusicology and Professor of Musicology. Medieval music, Miles Davis, the
Beatles, and jazz.
General Program Statement
the arrival of Professor Heimarck at BU in 2006, the university began to
incorporate ethnomusicology courses into their curriculum (world beat, musical
cultures, performance practice of Bali, graduate seminars in ethnomusicology).
In 2007-08, BU approved the curriculum for graduate students in ethnomusicology
as a concentration within the musicology program. In Fall 2008, Professor
Cornelius joined the program, teaching courses on Africa, ethnomusicology, and
African drumming. Situated within a major research university, we offer an
integrated program that benefits from the close relationship with our
musicology faculty. Seminars provide intellectual inquiry for ethnomusicology
and musicology graduate students, along with peers from diverse disciplines.
The ethnomusicology curriculum is supplemented by graduate studies in
anthropology, foreign languages, religion, Asian studies, African studies, and
other related disciplines. Our graduate degrees are designed to give students
the disciplinary grounding, theoretical understanding, applied musical
understanding, and research tools needed to become ethnomusicologists of the
BU is an active member of the Boston area ethnomusicology scene and, in
collaboration with area colleagues, Professor Heimarck founded the
bostonethno.org website to further communication and collaboration between
Boston area ethnomusicology programs. Professor Heimarck is currently the
President of the Northeast Chapter for the Society for Ethnomusicology (2010-2012).
Boston offers a unique confluence of rigorous academic pursuits combined with
diverse arts and culture, making it a rich site for our students to explore the
many dimensions of fieldwork.
graduate program includes teaching, teaching assistant, and ensemble
opportunities. Students receive varying degrees of financial support based on
merit and availability.
Brita Heimarck, Associate Professor, Boston University, School of Music, 855
Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA, 02215. (617) 358-0832, (617) 378-5591; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Ethnomusicology Student Group
Boston University Music Society (BUMS), a graduate student association for
academic research in the fields of Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music
Theory. Website: http://www.people.bu.edu/bums/
Studies Center: http://www.bu.edu/africa
for the Study of Asia: http://www.bu.edu/asian
Gotlieb Archival Research Center: http://www.bu.edu/dbin/archives
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