Department of Music:
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
offered: Ph.D. in Musicology; D.M.A. in Composition; D.M.A. in Performance
Practice; B.A. in Music. A terminal M.A. is not offered, but students who enter
the doctoral program without having already earned an M.A. receive this degree
in the course of their studies. The field of Ethnomusicology is fully
integrated into the term Musicology at Cornell, and historical
musicology students are encouraged to include and embrace ethnomusicological
precepts of situated musical study. Programmatic and faculty affiliations
across the campus include American Studies, Africana Studies, Near Eastern
Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Latino Studies programs, and
Comparative Literature, German Studies , Science and Technology Studies, and
Psychology departments, and the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast
Asia and the Society for the Humanities.
curriculum at Cornell is highly flexible. Students develop their own course of
study in a close relationship with a Special Committee of three or four faculty
members chosen by the student. Students are encouraged to take advantage of all
course offerings within the Department of Music as well as explore other
disciplinary fields. All graduate students are required to choose a minor subject
of study (the Graduate Minor), represented by a minor member on the Special
Committee and course work in that subject area. Students may choose a minor
subject within Music (theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, performance, and
composition), or from another discipline, such as anthropology, art history,
computer science, gender and sexuality studies, history, linguistics,
philosophy, psychology, sociology, theater arts, and Western and non-Western
languages and literature. Seminar offerings, symposia, and teaching assignments
promote an integration and exchange among the students and faculty of all
disciplines of music. As a result, the many activities of the Music Department
mutually reinforce each other, and graduate students at Cornell enjoy a sense
of community among themselves and with the faculty that transcends programmatic
divisions. Particular concentrations and faculty area expertise include:
Indonesia and Southeast Asia, jazz, popular music, the African Diaspora, gender
and sexuality studies, the Mediterranean basin, and music cognition.
the recent acquisition of the Johan Kugelberg and Stephen Weiss Collections,
Cornell currently has the nation’s largest archive of early hip-hop materials,
including a large collection of flyers and photographs, textiles, and some 7500
archival recordings. Cornell also boasts the Lab of Ornithology, one of the
premier sound analysis labs in the world, as well as an in-house music analysis
lab and the Cornell Electronic Music Center; additional facilities include
digital music teaching classrooms and work stations in the department, and
several multimedia labs (with on-loan hardware, editing stations, and
consulting help) across campus affiliated with the Cornell University Library.
Cornell is widely regarded as having one of the largest and most significant
collections of Asian historical and literary materials in North America. The
Asia Collections of Cornell University Library include the Charles W. Wason
Collection on East Asia, the South Asia Collection, and the John M. Echols
Collection on Southeast Asia. Department faculty-led ensembles include: Gamelan
Ensemble, Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, Steel Band, World Drumming and Dance
Ensemble (focusing on Ewe [Ghanaian] music), and CU Jazz Ensembles I & II,
and several combos within the jazz program. Student-organized and unaffiliated
but faculty-led ensembles include: Deixa Sambar (Brazilian samba), CU Klezmer
Ensemble, Chosen Generation Gospel Choir, and Yamatai Taiko Ensemble. Cornell’s
Music Department frequently invites artists for symposia, residencies, guest
performances, and workshops. Often these events and programs are produced
jointly with other departments and programs across the campus. Frequent
partners are Cornell’s Society for the Humanities (which also provides
fellowships) and the Cornell Council for the Arts.
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Fellows Hatch. PhD, Cornell University, 1980. Associate Professor.
Affiliations: Department of Music (home dept), Kahin Center for Advanced
Research in Southeast Asia. Research interests: performing arts of Southeast
Asia, both past and present.
Miller. MA, Wesleyan University, 2001 (currently ABD). Lecturer. Affiliations:
Director, Cornell Gamelan Ensemble. Research interests: traditional and
experimental Indonesian musics; composition and improvisation.
F. Pond. PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2000. Associate Professor.
Affiliations: Department of Music (home dept), American Studies, Africana Studies,
Latin American Studies, Latino Studies. Research interests: jazz, popular
music, the African Diaspora, historiography.
Bates. PhD, University of California, 2008. Faculty Fellow, 2010-2012.
Affiliations: Society for the Humanities/Department of Music (home dept); Near
Eastern Studies; Science and Technology Studies. Research interests: oud;
Karadeniz popular music and local musics from the Eastern Black Sea region of
Turkey; Alevism; contemporary Turkish music, Turkish-American communities, and
Ottoman and Turkish classical musics; recording technologies, techniques, and
cultures; Central Javanese gamelan; synesthesia and affect, organizational
sociology in ethnomusicological research and analysis; field methods criticism;
and collaborative research.
Feeney. DMA, Yale University, 2007. Lecturer.Affiliations: Director, CU Steel
Band, World Drumming and Dance Ensemble, CU Percussion Ensemble. Research
interests: experimental music, composition and improvisation, Ewe (Ghana) music
and dance, contemporary and traditional Trinidad & Tobago steel drum.
L. Krumhansl. PhD, Stanford University. Professor. Affiliations: Department of
Psychology (home dept); cognitive musicology.
Peraino. PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1995. Associate Professor.
Affiliations: Department of Music (home dept); American Studies; Feminist,
Gender and Sexuality Studies; Medieval Studies. Research interests: Queer
theory, rock, medieval studies.
General Program Statement
Department of Music emphasizes intimate and flexible programs. Our special
distinction is a dedication to excellence in the study of music that reflects a
concern for the constant interaction of scholarship, performance, and
composition by faculty members and students alike. As of 2009-2010, we have
twenty full-time and eight part-time faculty members and two active emeritus
professors, including internationally known performers, composers, and
scholars, and a dozen teaching assistants. Each year, twenty-five to thirty
graduate students are in residence, along with twenty or so undergraduates
majoring in music. Most classes are small, and student advising is personal and
Graduate Student support is generous (5 years full support and TA-ships), and
Cornell has an outstanding record of mentoring teaching skills as well as
student accepted into the Ph.D. program at Cornell receives five years of
guaranteed funding, including financial support for four summers. Every student
is given a fellowship for the first year; a second year of fellowship year may
be taken in the fourth or fifth year, or may be deferred if outside funding is
procured by the student. The remaining three years of funding are in the form
of teaching assistantships. Student Health Insurance is provided under fellowship
and teaching assistantships. Partners, spouses, and dependants can be included
for additional charges.
Many students seek outside fellowships (such as A.M.S. 50 or Fulbright
Fellowships) beginning in their fourth and fifth year. There are also a few
dissertation fellowships available through various Cornell programs. Entering
students are encouraged to apply for Javits, Mellon, or other outside
fellowships as another means of extending their graduate support.
The studies of all graduate students are funded in part by Teaching
Assistantships. In the Department of Music, most Teaching Assistantships
involve helping a professor in a large undergraduate course; responsibilities
may include leading discussion sections, helping grade papers and exams, assisting
ensemble directors, and, in the case of music theory, teaching musicianship
skills. Every effort is made to match teaching assignments with graduate
student interests and to make sure that each Teaching Assistant receives a
variety of teaching experiences while at Cornell.
Teaching Assistants are strongly encouraged to enhance their training by taking
a seminar (Writing 7101: A Seminar on Writing and Teaching) offered by the
Knight Writing Program on campus, associated with their first teaching assignment.
These assignments come with a strong mentoring component, with Tas working
closely with faculty on topical literature and methodologies relevant to the
course, and on classroom and pedagogical techniques. Each year one or two
students have the opportunity to design and teach their own First-Year Writing
Seminar, an interdisciplinary program administered by the Knight Program; these
students will also take Writing 7100: Teaching Writing. On occasion, graduate
students take assignments offered by other departments.
The Center for Teaching Excellence provides training programs and
individualized assistance for graduate Teaching Assistants as well as faculty.
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Archive (Cornell University Library) Asia Collections: http://asia.library.cornell.edu/
Archive of Rare Books and Manuscripts (Cornell University Library) Hip-Hop
Laboratory of Ornithology: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/
for the Humanities: http://www.arts.cornell.edu/sochum/index.html
Southeast Asia Program (SEAP): http://www.einaudi.cornell.edu/SoutheastAsia/
departments and programs: http://www.cornell.edu/academics/departments.cfm
Writing Program (John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines): http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute/
for Teaching Excellence: Teaching Assistant Program: http://www.cte.cornell.edu/campus/teach/grad/grad.html
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