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The College of William and Mary
Department of Music

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

We are a department of scholars, composers, and performers, and offer a strong and exciting program to undergraduate liberal arts students. We teach music through its interrelated subdisciplines (music history, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, and performance) within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. Our curriculum included Western European art music, world musics, and a full complement of American music (jazz, music and film, popular music, musical theatre, art music). The department collectively values the contributions of all musical cultures and styles, and in any given semester offers courses that reflect this diversity.

At the College of William and Mary it is possible to do an ethnomusicology concentration within the BA in Music degree. It is also possible to double major, for example Music and Anthropology or Music and Global Studies. It is also possible to create an independent interdisciplinary major in Ethnomusicology. Our program does not offer graduate degrees in music.

Program Focus

Two of our 12 permanent faculty members (Max Katz and Anne Rasmussen) are ethnomusicologists with specialties in such music culture areas as India and South Asia, the Arab world, Middle East region, and Islamic world, Southeast Asia. Courses on Jazz and multicultural musics of North America are included in the curriculum as are courses on Music and Race and Music and Religion. Katz and Rasmussen both direct ensembles that satisfy major requirements in music and elective credit toward the major in Asian and European Studies.

Students who have elected to concentrate in ethnomusicology have been well prepared for graduate school and have gone on to pursue the M.A. and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology programs at such institutions as Indiana University, Wesleyan, New York University, the University of Texas, the University of Hawai’i, and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

For more information: http://www.wm.edu/as/music/undergradprogram/index.php

Special Resources

Among our non-traditional departmental ensembles are:

The William and Mary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble was founded in 1994 and maintains an active schedule of rehearsal and performance, frequently hosting guest artists.

The William and Mary North Indian Music Ensemble is our newest ensemble with a focus on Sitar practice and performance.

The William and Mary Gamelan is a beautiful set of Javanese slendro instruments.

The William and Mary Appalachian Ensemble

The William and Mary Early Music Ensemble

Other events and facilities on campus allow us to invite a busy schedule of guest scholars and lecturers to campus and support undergraduate research.

The Ewell Concert Series

The Music in American Culture Lecture Series

The Asian and Middle Eastern Program Lecture Series

The SWEM Library Digital Media Center

The Annual Global Film Festival

The American Studies Program

The Reves Center for International Studies

The Charles Center for Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies

William and Mary Students and faculty are always active in MACSEM – the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, which presents a conference every spring. W&M students and faculty have hosted this conference on three occasions in the past.

The Washington DC area provides employment and internship opportunities at the many agencies under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution and other government arts institutions and agencies, for example the Kennedy Center or the National Endowment for the Arts or Washington area Museums. In addition, numerous annual festivals in the Washington DC and Tidewater and Piedmont areas of Virginia are of interest to students of ethnomusicology

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Anne Rasmussen (faculty profile)
Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology
Chair, Department of Music
Director, The William and Mary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble
Faculty, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Ph.D. UCLA 1991
akrasm@wm.edu

Max Katz (faculty profile)
Assistant Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology
Director, The William and Mary North Indian Music Ensemble
Faculty, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara 2010
mgkatz@wm.edu

See also this website for full list of Department of Music Faculty at William and Mary: http://www.wm.edu/as/music/directory/index.php

Professors Katz and Rasmussen are the only faculty with the Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. Professor Jonathan Glasser in the Department of Anthropology is an anthropologist of music with expertise in North Africa and the Islamic world. He is also a performer and collaborator with the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble.

Websites for Jonathan Glasser and the Department of Anthropology

http://www.wm.edu/as/anthropology/faculty/jonathan-glasser.php

http://www.wm.edu/as/anthropology/about/index.php

http://www.wm.edu/as/anthropology/faculty/index.php

General Program Statement

We are a department of scholars, composers, and performers, and offer a strong and exciting program to undergraduate liberal arts students. We teach music through its interrelated subdisciplines (music history, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, and performance) within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. Our curriculum included Western European art music, world musics, and a full complement of American music (jazz, music and film, popular music, musical theatre, art music). The department collectively values the contributions of all musical cultures and styles, and in any given semester offers courses that reflect this diversity.

Financial Support

The College of William and Mary is consistently listed as one of the most affordable Liberal Arts colleges in the United States. Known as a "public ivy,” William and Mary maintains standards of excellence at reasonable prices. The Department awards nearly $20,000 of scholarships to its majors a year and the Charles Center for Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies has a number of different scholarship programs for undergraduate research. The Reves Center for International Studies also hosts a variety of programs for students, including the Critchfield Scholarships for the study of the Arabic language.

Further Information

Anne Rasmussen
Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology
Chair, Department of Music

akrasm@wm.edu

Max Katz
Assistant Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology
mgkatz@wm.edu

The College of William and Mary
Box 8795
Williamsburg, Virginia

23187-8795

Program Website

http://www.wm.edu/as/music/index.php

Related Websites

http://www.wm.edu/as/music/ensembles/nontraditional/index.php

https://www.wm.edu/offices/revescenter/index.php

http://www.wm.edu/as/charlescenter/?svr=web

http://www.wm.edu/as/globalstudies/

http://www.wm.edu/as/globalstudies/ames/index.php

http://filmfestival.wm.edu

The content for The College of William and Mary was last updated May 14, 2013.

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