University of Arizona
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
The ethnomusicology program at the University of Arizona is
housed in the School of Music. While most courses in the School of Music in
music emphasize music performance, composition, music history and theory, and
music education, and the core programs in the School of Music emphasize western
art music, there are many opportunities to link that training to serious study
in ethnomusicology and to tailor study to a student's interests. We offer the
following degrees for students interested in ethnomusicology.
B.A. Critical Studies in Music (School of Music) This
program of study emphasizes academic inquiry. Students interested in
ethnomusicology are advised to meet with the ethnomusicology coordinator in the
School of Music to select courses in music, anthropology, folklore, and other
areas relevant to the student’s anticipated specialty.
B.A. International Studies – Culture Emphasis (College of
Letters, Arts and Sciences)
M.M. Musicology with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology (School
of Music) To be admitted to this program, students must have an undergraduate
degree in music.
D.M.A. Music Performance or Composition, with a minor in
Ethnomusicology (School of Music) To be admitted to this program, students must
have an undergraduate degree in music.
Ph.D. Music Theory, with Ethnomusicology emphasis (School of
Music) To be admitted to this program, students must have an undergraduate
degree in music.
Courses in ethnomusicology at the University of Arizona
emphasize theory and methodological approaches in the discipline. Drawing from
perspectives in cultural anthropology, folklore, and cultural studies, academic
courses require students to investigate the relationship between music and
society. Our approach to performance research explores both the study of what
happens when music happens and the study of performance technique. Thematic
areas of strength are: Latin America music and music of the American Southwest,
indigenous studies, border studies, video and film ethnography, structural
analysis of world music, and musical theatre. Students can create
individualized cross-disciplinary programs that make use of resources at this
major research university.
Options in addition to the Arizona Symphony, Arizona Choir,
and other School of Music Ensembles include:
World Music Gang, a percussion and
dance ensemble focusing on the music of West Africa and Brazil.
Mariachi Arizona, a student
UA Steel, steel band in the modern
Trinidadian style; there are two groups, one for advanced players and another
for new learners.
UA Asian Music Club’s Purple Bamboo
Ensemble, a mixed student and community group that sings and plays traditional
Chinese instruments in the silk and bamboo tradition.
UA Tuna, a contemporary approach to
the university troubadour ensembles dating from medieval times in Spain; this
group performs much-loved Latin American and Spanish popular songs.
Archival and Museum Collections
Jazz and Popular Music Archive
This growing archive managed by
archivist Keith Pawlak includes 15 separate collections, including the Nelson
Riddle bequest. The overall focus lies on the mid-twentieth century music of
Hollywood (often called West Coast).
The Southwest Center
A research unit of the College of
Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Southwest Center has a threefold mission:
to sponsor and facilitate research on the Greater Southwest, to publish
exemplary work growing from that research, and to act in service to citizens of
the region through programs of teaching and outreach. In all three areas,
special emphasis is given to strengthening individual and institutional ties to
our colleagues at universities and cultural centers in the Republic of Mexico.
Arizona State Museum
A vast and varied collection focused
primarily on the peoples of the Greater Southwest. The museum archives include
a collection of musical instruments and over 1,500 linear feet of field notes,
diaries, project records, research files, and manuscripts from numerous
prominent archaeologists, ethnologists, and institutions.
Other Centers and Institutes on campus provide lectures,
study programs, scholars-in-residence, and opportunities for internships,
assistantships, and fellowships that can contribute significantly to a
student’s education. Among those of special interest to students of
American Indian Studies Arizona Center for Judaic Studies
Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology Center for Latin American Studies
Center for Middle Eastern Studies Critical Languages Program Department of
Linguistics East Asian Studies Hanson Film Institute Mexican America Studies
and Research Center School of Dance School of Theater Udall Center for Public
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Janet Sturman. (Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, Columbia University,
1987), Professor, Ethnomusicology. Research interests: Latin American and
southwestern U.S., music theater (zarzuela), ethnicity, identity,
technoculture, transnational exchange and alignment, dialogic movement and
Ana Maria Alonso. (Ph.D., U. Chicago, 1988) Associate
Professor, School of Anthropology. Sociocultural Anthropology. Historical
anthropology, culture and power, gender, ethnicity and class, the state, Latin
Maribel Alvarez. (Ph.D., U. Arizona, 2003), Assistant
Research Social Scientist, Southwest Center. Southwest Studies. Border studies,
Mexican and Cuban popular culture.
Barbara Babcock. (Ph.D., U. Chicago, 1975) Regents
Professor, Department of Women’s Studies, English and Comparative, Cultural and
Literary Studies. Folklore; Cultural Studies; Feminist Theories; Southwestern
Indian Cultures, especially Pueblo.
William F. Beezley. (Ph.D., U. Nebraska, 1969) Professor,
History and Director of Oaxaca Graduate Field School in Modern Mexican History.
Popular Culture and Mexican Identity, performance and cultural memory, history
and folklore of American sport.
John Brobeck. (Ph.D., U. Pennsylvania, 1991) Associate
Professor of Music, Music History. Performance Practice, French Renaissance.
Wayne Decker. (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins, 1979) Director of
International Studies and External Affairs. Digital technology, development,
Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante. (Ph.D., U. Arizona, 2006)
Assistant Professor, School of Journalism. Mexican and Brazilian Television,
inequality, social justice.
Stephen Keyl. (Ph.D., Duke University, 1989) Adjunct
Assistant Instructor of Music. Critical and Compositional Studies.
Sixteenth-century German song, liturgical music.
Brian Moon. (Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2006) Adjunct
Assistant Professor of Music. American Music, African-American Spiritual, jazz,
Jay Rosenblatt. (Ph.D., U. Chicago, 1995) Associate
Professor of Music, Music History. Nineteenth-Century Music in Europe and the
United States, Franz Liszt.
Beverly Seckinger. (M.F.A. Temple U., 1991). Interim
director of Media Arts, Hanson Film Institute. Media production, documentary
and ethnographic film.
Donald Traut. (Ph.D., Eastman School of Music, 2002)
Associate Professor of Music Theory, Coordinator of the Music Theory Program.
Stravinsky, Twentieth-Century music, popular music studies.
Students earning degrees with an emphasis in ethnomusicology
have also taken courses with the above affiliated faculty. These professors
have also served on individual graduate committees.
General Program Statement
At the University of Arizona, students may pursue training
in ethnomusicology through several different degree options. For
undergraduates, the Bachelors of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Arts in Fine
Arts, or the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Culture Track) are the
most common choices. On the graduate level, students may earn a Master of Music
in Musicology with a concentration in ethnomusicology, combined with strong
training in historical musicology; or a Doctor of Musical Arts, combining
performance with a minor in ethnomusicology. A new Ph.D. option is the music
theory degree with an emphasis in ethnomusicology. At all levels, students majoring
in other disciplines, such as Religious studies or Anthropology, have also
added ethnomusicology as a minor area or a significant component of their
Courses in the School of Music include: Music in World Cultures, Rock and
American Popular Music, Mexican Music, Studies in Latin American Music,
Research Techniques, Seminar on Publishing and the Music Industry, Recording
Techniques, Independent Study in Fieldwork, Independent Study in Area Research,
Graduate Seminar in the Theory and Method of Ethnomusicology, Thesis or
Students have access to the comprehensive research resources of University of
Arizona, including the Fine Arts Libratory, the Southwest Archives, the Arizona
State Museum, and the School of Music Library Collection. Performance ensembles
offer experience in non-western music making, including: UASteel—our steel
band; the World Music Gang—a percussion ensemble emphasizing West African and
Brazilian practices; The Purple Bamboo Ensemble—a Chinese silk and bamboo
orchestra. Curricular partnership with the Honor’s College, the Center for
Latin American Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Africana
Studies, International Studies, and the Department of Anthropology has provided
ethnomusicology students with scholarships, travel fellowships (funding for
fieldwork in Spain, Ghana, Brazil, Israel, etc.), as well as visiting lecturers
and classroom instruction in theoretical, methodological, area, and language
Departmental scholarships are available and may be linked to an applicant’s
performance abilities. Awards received by students in ethnomusicology include
Medici Scholarships, the McNair Fellowship, the Library of Congress Folk Arts
internship, the Fulbright Fellowship, and the Smithsonian Latino Studies
Fellowship, Northern Trust/Piper Enrichment Award. Students have presented
their research at regional, national, and international professional meetings,
including for the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Council for
Traditional Music. Several of our graduates have earned full scholarships to
Ph.D. programs in ethnomusicology, including UCLA, Columbia University, and
Indiana University. Graduates are now teaching at West Virginia University,
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, University
of Texas El Paso, Texas Southern University, and the Escuela Superior de Musica
Graduate teaching assistantships and scholarships are
available to most incoming students. Scholarships range from $500-$6353.
Tuition at the UA has risen in recent years but remains a bargain nationwide.
Full GTA awards cover tuition costs plus a stipend, but rarely cover all of a
student's expenses. Typically no more than 2 students in ethnomusicology will
receive a full GTA in any year, although smaller awards and other scholarships,
such as diversity awards or instrument specific awards, may be available to
Dr. Janet L. Sturman, Professor, Coordinator, Studies in
Ethnomusicology, University of Arizona School of Music, 1017 N. Olive St,
Tucson, AZ 85721-0004 USA; (520)621-1255; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Sturman's homepage: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~sturman/
Ethnomusicology Student Group
The program of ethnomusicology at the UA is small and there
is no formal student organization. Listed below are current students who are
willing and happy to correspond with prospective students:
April Trinidad, B.A. viola performance, honors student,
ethnomusicology minor and President of the Asian Music Club’s Purple Bamboo
Mackenzie Pickard, M.M. musicology/ethnomusicology,
Jaime Bofill, Ph.D. candidate and director of the UA Tuna.
Andrea Shaheen, DMA candidate, oboe performance major,
ethnomusicology minor, Fulbright Fellow.
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