City University of New York Graduate Center
Ph.D. Program in Music,
Concentration in Ethnomusicology
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
is one of four concentrations within the Ph.D. Program in Music. Only
candidates for the Ph.D. are accepted, but students without an M.A. can apply
for one after earning 45 credits.
graduate students at the Graduate Center receive a thorough general background
in the field, while enjoying considerable latitude in pursuing their own
interests in accordance with the flexibility of the program and the diverse
interests of the faculty. In recent years, regional studies seminars have
covered such areas as Africa, the Caribbean, Southeastern Europe, Iran and
Central Asia, South Asia, and Japan. Topical seminars have included courses on
nationalism, popular music, globalization and diasporas, music and gender,
music aesthetics (Western and non-Western), analysis of rhythm, performance
genres, and composition and improvisation. The Graduate Center also offers
Interdisciplinary Concentrations in Cultural Studies, Twentieth-Century
Studies, and other fields, together with Certificate Programs in such fields as
American Studies and Women’s Studies. Interdisciplinary committees have
recently been formed to facilitate contact among faculty and students whose
work focuses on globalization, religion, or science.
archives with emphasis on New York City, music analysis laboratory, performers
in residence at Hunter College on a regular basis, and Centro de Etudios
Puertoriqquenos (Hunter), training for K-12 educators, and strong ties with
major cultural institutions of New York City and "folk arts” centers.
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Allen. (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) Associate Director of the Center for
Studies in American Music, Brooklyn College, and the Graduate Center.
Afro-American music, Afro-Caribbean music.
Blum. (Ph.D., University of Illinois) Professor of Music and full-time faculty
member at the Graduate Center. West and Central Asia; North America;
ethnomusicological theory; music analysis.
Cowdery. (Ph.D., Wesleyan University) RILM and the Graduate Center. Irish
L. Hampton. (Ph.D., Columbia University) Professor of Music, Hunter College,
and the Graduate Center. Ethnomusicological theory and method; aesthetics;
gender; urban ethnomusicology; African and African-American music.
Manuel. (Ph.D., UCLA) Professor of Music, John Jay College and the Graduate
Center. North India, the Caribbean, popular music.
Sugarman. (Ph.D., UCLA) Professor of Music, Director of program, and full-time
faculty member at the Graduate Center. Eastern Europe; social theory; gender
and sexuality; diaspora and globalization.
General Program Statement
Graduate Center of The City University of New York offers a dynamic doctoral
program in ethnomusicology, drawing on the rich resources of the Graduate
Center, of the CUNY system, and of the New York City area as a whole. The CUNY
Graduate Center's Music program is internationally renowned and was ranked
fourth in "faculty quality” in the most recent National Research Council
assessment. The Graduate Center as a whole, drawing its faculty from the
several campuses of the University, offers the doctorate in 32 fields and has a
current enrollment of around 4,000 students.
A special attraction of the Graduate Center for ethnomusicology students is its
location in the heart of New York City, with its extraordinarily rich musical
and cultural life. Aside from being a center for classical music, opera, and
music theater, New York is also renowned as the jazz capital of the world, and
as the single biggest center for Latin popular music. It is also host to a
dazzling array of diverse ethnic and immigrant communities, whose musical
activities present unique research as well as performance opportunities for
ethnomusicologists. Further, New York is home to such research institutions as
the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, the YIVO Institute for
Jewish Research, and Hunter College’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies.
Ethnomusicology students are able to work not only with the Graduate Center’s
faculty, but also with other faculty throughout the CUNY system, which includes
several colleges with distinguished music departments, such as Queens College,
Hunter College, and Brooklyn College. A consortium agreement also allows
students to take seminars offered at Columbia, New York University, and other
associated universities for full credit.
The Graduate Center’s music program is housed in the newly renovated,
nine-story B. Altman’s Building, a historical landmark on Fifth Avenue at 34th
Street, across the street from the Empire State Building. In addition to the
Mina Rees Library, located in the same new facility, students also have at
their disposal the libraries at other senior CUNY Colleges (Hunter, Queens,
City, Baruch, Brooklyn), and the vast research collections of the nearby New
York Public Library and its music division at Lincoln Center, which afford
special privileges to CUNY doctoral students.
Tuition at the Graduate Center, as of 2009-10, is $3290 per semester (full
time) or $370 per credit (part time) for New York state residents, and $645 per
credit for non-residents. Tuition goes down as students advance from Level I to
Levels II and III (see program website). A limited number of fellowships are
available, as are certain categories of funding for dissertation research, such
as that provided by the Elebash Endowment for research focusing on some aspect
of New York City. Many students gain teaching experience and remuneration by
teaching classes as adjuncts in the CUNY system.
fellowship support and teaching positions are available, as well as tuition
waivers and internships.
One or two Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowships per year ($18,000/yr for 5 years,
with teaching obligations in the second, third and fourth years; other service
requirements in first and fifth).
Possibility of a Presidential Magnet Fellowship ($24,000/yr for 5 years, with
teaching obligations in the third and fourth years) for students from
Dissertation-year fellowships are available on a competitive basis across the
Graduate Center. Fellowships for pre-dissertation and dissertation research on
some aspect of music in New York City are available from the Elebash Endowment.
Beginning in their second year, doctoral students may apply for small research
grants up to $1500 every alternate year.
Jane C. Sugarman, Music Program, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY
10016-4309; (212) 817-8598; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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