Department of Music
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
and graduate curricula; Ph.D. degree specialization. Affiliated with the
Department of Music. Students are encouraged to pursue related studies in
Anthropology; Visual and Environmental Studies; Film Studies; Women, Gender and
Sexuality; African and African American Studies; Sanskrit and Indian Studies;
Near Eastern Languages and Civilization; and other departments relevant to
their areas of study.
on ethnographic and analytical methods for studying any musical tradition;
particular area strengths in regions stretching from the Mediterranean to
India, in Africa and African diaspora, and in urban America.
analysis laboratory, World Music Archives, special library collections, Peabody
Museum, musical instrument collection (India, Iran, Mali, Zimbabwe), extensive
sound and video archives. Undergraduate students are admitted under a
need-blind policy. Graduate financial aid includes fellowships to support
coursework during the first two years of residency, subsequent teaching
assistantships and dissertation completion fellowship; a minimum of five years
of funding are guaranteed. Fellowships are available from both the Music
Department and Harvard Graduate School to support summer research, doctoral
research, and write-up period. The Asia Center, Reischauer Institute, Center
for Middle Eastern Studies, South Asia Initiative, Committee on African
Studies, and several other campus institutions provide additional intellectual
resources and funding for student research and language study. Faculty and
graduate students hold conferences each year on a variety of topics; artists in
residence and visiting artists often enrich coursework and provide opportunities
for students to learn to sing or play.
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Monson. Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music, Music Department and
Department of African and African American Studies. Jazz; Afro-American music;
Kaufman Shelemay. (Ph.D., University of Michigan) G. Gordon Watts Professor of
Music and Professor of African and African American Music, Music Department and
Department of African and African American Studies. Ethiopia; Middle East;
urban US, Jewish music; music and ritual; musical ethnography.
K. Wolf. (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997) Professor of
Music, Music Department. Music of south and west Asia. South Indian classical
(Karnatak) music. Persian classical music. Folk, tribal, and ritual music of
India and Pakistan. Music in religion and ritual, especially Hinduism and
Islam. Emotion, phenomenology, space and time, semiotics, music and language.
Danielson. (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Curator, World
Music Archives and Richard F. French Librarian of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music
J. Oja. Ph.D., Graduate School of the City University of New York) William
Powell Mason Professor of Music and Program in the History of American
Civilization. U.S. modernism, African-American music, cross-cultural
intersections, Broadway musicals, women and music.
Revuluri. (PhD, Princeton University, 2007) Assistant Professor of Music, Music
Department. Indian popular music and film, global pop, sound studies, media
theory, post-colonial theory, music and empire.
General Program Statement
at Harvard offers intensive training in ethnographic method as well as study of
theories, problems, and approaches relevant to the study of any living musical
tradition in its cultural setting. By the end of the second year of study, students
select primary and secondary fields of specialization, which may be defined by
region (for example, Turkish or West African music); by musical styles (such as
jazz or popular music); or by topic or theoretical approach (organology or
Six to eight ethnomusicology courses—four seminars and four proseminars or
undergraduate classes—are offered each year as part of the regular curriculum.
Graduate seminars explore ethnomusicological methods and theories as they are
applied to the study of music, as well as a wide range of issues and materials,
while proseminars focus on music styles or distinctive musical settings.
An important aspect of the Harvard ethnomusicology program is that students
receive strong training in Western music and its history as well as training in
the methods and theories of historical musicology and music theory. A final
aspect of ethnomusicological training at Harvard is exposure to other
disciplines, with particular emphasis upon anthropology, history, area studies,
and linguistic training related to the student’s specialization.
aid is provided to undergraduates on a need-blind basis. All graduate students
are funded for the first five years of study. There are additional fellowships
available depending on specific area of study. A limited number of Presidential
Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding graduate students
in any department in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
K. Wolf. Phone: 617-495-2791; Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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