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Type of Program and Degrees Offered

The ethnomusicology doctoral program is administered by the Department of Music. We offer the B.A. in music with concentration in ethnomusicology, the A.M. in ethnomusicology, and the Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. The A.M. is a pass-thru degree towards the Ph.D.

Program Focus

Faculty teaching and research interests include cultural theory and music theory; popular music and performance studies; media and technology; globalization and diaspora; materiality and instrument making; nature and ecology; cognitive ethnomusicology; and legal studies. Geographic areas of focus include North America, the African diaspora, Asia, and Latin America, as well as indigenous communities of the Americas.

Special Resources

Performance ensembles include the Javanese Gamelan, Ghanaian Drumming Ensemble, Old-Time String Band, Sacred Harp Ensemble, and Brazilian Choro Ensemble. The James T. Koetting Archives contains many original field recordings as well as published recordings in many areas of world music, with particular strengths in African and North American musics.

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology and Musicology

Follow the links below to find out more about faculty research interests.

Dana Gooley. . Associate Professor of Music, Ph.D. Princeton University, 1999.

Kiri Miller. Associate Professor of Music, Ph.D. Harvard University, 2005.

Marc Perlman. Associate Professor of Music, Ph.D. Wesleyan University, 1994.

Joshua Tucker. Assistant Professor of Music, Ph.D. University of Michigan 2005.

Emeritus Faculty

Jeff Todd Titon. Professor Emeritus of Music, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1971.

General Program Statement

The Brown ethnomusicology doctoral program began in 1967, and an undergraduate concentration track in ethnomusicology was added in the early 2000s. The doctoral program aims to educate ethnomusicologists who will teach, and who will engage in applied ethnomusicology—sometimes both. Our small student-to-faculty ratio enables close connections among students and faculty. Our curricula, special strengths, interests, and degree requirements may be explored in further detail via the ethnomusicology pages hosted on Brown’s website: see especially our program overview and our graduate programs page.

Financial Support

All graduate students admitted to the PhD program are given 5 years of guaranteed support, including full tuition scholarships, two fellowship years, and three years as a TA or proctor, plus summer support, which includes medical benefits and a cash stipend in excess of $24,000 per year. Annual number of support positions is about 12.

Further Information

Contact the current Director of Graduate Studies: Joshua_Tucker@Brown.edu


The content for Brown University was last updated September 13, 2016.

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