Memorial University of Newfoundland
M.A. in Ethnomusicology, Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
Music and Society Minor is offered within the Bachelor of Music program. Area
studies, ethnomusicology theory and method, and traditional ensemble courses
are available to majors and non-majors. M.A. in Ethnomusicology: The MA program
is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by the School of Music and the
Department of Folklore. It is administered within the School of Music and
housed in the Research Centre for Music, Media and Place (MMaP). Ph.D. in
Ethnomusicology: The Ph.D. program is an interdisciplinary program offered
jointly by the School of Music and the Department of Folklore. It is
administered within the School of Music and housed in the Research Centre for
Music, Media and Place (MMaP).
foci include Performance Studies (including Improvisation as Social Practice),
Phenomenology, Community Collaboration and Applied Ethnomusicology,
Intercultural Processes, Gender Studies, Technocultures, Indigeneity, and
Modernity. Geographical research specializations include Canadian music
(especially Atlantic Canadian), Native American (Canada and US), Sámi, Hawaiian
and other Oceanic traditions, immigrant musics of Canada, African American
popular music. Ethnomusicologists and folklorists at MUN have deep teaching knowledge
of a wider range of ethnocultural musical practices.
ensembles: Fiddle and accordion music of Newfoundland, Newfoundland traditional
song, Mbira (when instructor is in residence), World Music Ensemble. Research
Centre for Music, Media and Place (MMaP): Undertakes and enables a wide variety
of research projects, often employing graduate students; engages in
collaborative research with communities and other organizations (local,
national and international); produces an archival CD series; houses multi-media
production studios with professional audio and video recordings/editing
capabilities; includes a performance space, library/meeting room, lounge and
office space for graduate students in Ethnomusicology. Memorial University
Folklore and Language Archive: Holds approximately 50,000 audio recordings and
a wide variety of photographic and print resources; has internships for
graduate students. Centre for Newfoundland Studies: A rich archive of resources
relevant to the province’s culture. International festivals, symposia and
conferences: The International Sound Symposium and Festival 500 (an
international choral celebration) take place in alternate years in St. John’s.
Graduate courses are frequently offered in conjunction with these events. The
city is a popular destination for academic conferences and other festivals. The
Intangible Cultural Heritage office of the Government of Newfoundland and
Labrador organizes field schools and a wide array of events relevant to ethnomusicology.
The MMaP Research Centre organizes an annual lecture series, as well as annual
symposia, workshops or conferences. Increasingly, we are turning to video
conferencing technology to enhance our ability to engage with the world.
Co-operative Programs with Other Institutions: The MMaP Research Centre and
other MUN scholars undertake collaborative research with many other
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Diamond. Ph.D. (U of Toronto); Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology and
Director, Research Centre for Music, Media and Place; Fellow of the Royal
Society of Canada; Trudeau Fellow; joint appointment to Music and Folklore.
Research interests include indigenous modernity, feminist musicology, Canadian
music historiography, socially constructed meaning of audio technology;
intercultural and interlocal musical processes, archives and memory,
Everett. Ph.D. (Memorial U); Assistant Professor in Folklore; cross-appointment
(Folklore/Music). Research interests include North American popular music as
well as belief, material culture, occupational folklife, popular culture, and
Szego. Ph.D. (U of Washington); Associate Professor in Ethnomusicology;
cross-appointment (Folklore/Music). Research interests include musical
meaning-making and linguistics, with an emphasis on Oceanic musics, as well as
East Asian, African, and North American musics.
Thorne. Ph.D. (U of Pennsylvania); Assistant Professor in Folklore;
cross-appointment (Folklore/Music). His work draws on theories of critical
regionalism, diaspora and queer theory; research subjects are in diverse areas
of popular culture, material culture, music, migration, folklore of
Newfoundland and Labrador, Cuban music cultures.
Kearney Guigné. Ph.D. (Memorial U); folklorist. Research interest include
traditional music of Newfoundland; folk song collecting in Canada.
Klassen. Ph.D. ( Indiana U); Associate Professor of Folklore, Anthropology and
Social/Cultural Studies at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Rresearch interests
include gesture in women’s storytelling (Zimbabwe and Botswana); the politics
of public art; gendered identity in public and private space; Mennonite music,
and applied ethnomusicology.
Narváez. Ph.D. (Indiana U); Honorary Research Professor of Folklore;
folklorist, ethnomusicologist. and musician. Research interests include
vernacular music, traditional song, blues, jazz, African-American folklore,
Newfoundland folklore, popular culture, folklore and media, folk custom and
belief, and occupational folklife.
Rosenberg. Ph.D. (Indiana U); Professor Emeritus of Folklore. Research
interests include bluegrass, contemporary folk music traditions (particularly
the ways in which popular music interacts with local and regional folk music
traditions), and cultural revival.
historical musicologists at MUN conduct research on topics that intersect with
ethnomusicologists’ interests. These include Aboriginal hymn traditions (Tom
Gordon) and approaches to performance practice (Jane Gosine).
General Program Statement
M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University offer
nationally distinctive and regionally unique opportunities for individuals who
are interested in researching music as a cultural practice. The programs offer
opportunity to study diverse traditions of local and "world” music. Graduate
study in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University is interdisciplinary, with
courses offered through both the School of Music and the Folklore Department.
Ethnomusicology courses have been offered in the School of Music by Dr. Kati
Szego since the early 1990s. The curriculum in this area expanded with the
addition of courses in local performance traditions (accordion, fiddle, and
Newfoundland song) taught by some of the finest traditional musicians in St.
John’s, and with the establishment of the Canada Research Chair in
Ethnomusicology, filled by Dr. Beverley Diamond in 2002. The areas of
particular strength in the School of Music are Asia-Pacific studies, Native
American and Saami studies, Canadian studies, urban ethnomusicology, feminist
musicology, and cultural theory. Additionally, other colleagues in Music have
complementary areas of expertise, for instance, in performance practice, sacred
music in indigenous communities, music theatre, and world percussion.
graduate student accepted and enrolled in the program has, to date, received
financial support (M.A. for two years, Ph.D. for four years), the amount of
which depends on a variety of institutional factors. There are a number of
Research Assistantships, Graduate Student Work Experience Program grants,
Teaching Assistantships, and other paid positions that vary from year to year.
Within the School of Music there are two dedicated Ethnomusicology
scholarships. Memorial University also has a variety of awards recognizing
We encourage Canadian students to apply for federal funding through the Social
Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). One SSHRC grant
program is also open to international students.
Michelle Cheramy, Associate Director, School of Music, Memorial University of
Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, A1C 5S7 Canada. Phone: 709-737-7477;
FAX: 709-737-2666; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Maureen Houston, MMaP Research Centre, Memorial University of
Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, A1C 5S7 Canada. Phone: 709-737-2058;
Sentre for the Study of Music, Media and Place (MMaP): http://www.mun.ca/mmap
of Music: http://www.mun.ca/music
of Folklore: http://www.mun.ca/folklore/
University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA): http://www.mun.ca/folklore/munfla
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