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Ethnomusicology Program

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

The ethnomusicology program is housed within the division of composition, musicology, and theory at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). The program offers course work to students in the College-Conservatory of Music as well as other UC colleges. Many students pursue studies in ethnomusicology as part of their elective curriculum. Additionally, students who are completing a doctoral degree at CCM may enroll in the ethnomusicology cognate as a way of developing a secondary area of specialization in the field of ethnomusicology. It is also possible for a graduate student specializing in ethnomusicology to earn a B.M., M.M., or Ph.D. degree in Musicology within an Ethnomusicology "track.”

Program Focus

The ethnomusicology program at CCM emphasizes ethnographic and analytical methods for studying any musical tradition; given faculty interests, however, a particular area of strength is the music of South Asia, stretching from southern India to the northern Himalayan belt.

Special Resources

In addition to coursework at undergraduate and graduate levels on a range of topics, we currently offer performance ensembles in the following subjects: Shona mbira music, Caribbean Steelpan, Himalayan music, and North Indian tabla.

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Stefan Fiol. (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008) Assistant Professor of Music, Affiliated faculty with Asian Studies, Visiting Scholar in South Asia program at Cornell University. Research interests: Cultural regionalism and the production of folk and popular music in the Central Himalayas; Commercialization of ritual performance; Transnational constructions of indigeneity; Social and technological mediation in the recording studio; Musical performance in contexts of urban-rural migration; Cultural performance in the South Asian diaspora; Relationships of theory and practice in Hindustani music; Popular music and nationalism in Latin America and Zimbabwe.

Affiliated Faculty

Jim Feist. Adjunct Instructor. A disciple of Ustad Allah Rakha and Pandit Yogesh Samsi, he has been teaching tabla at various institutions since 1990 and joined the University of Cincinnati faculty in 2011.

Kanniks Kannikeswaran. Adjunct Instructor. Visiting artist at the University of South Florida. He has been teaching Indian music theory and history as an adjunct instructor at the University of Cincinnati since 1994.

General Program Statement

The ethnomusicology program at the College-Conservatory of Music emphasizes ethnographic and analytical methods for studying any musical tradition; given faculty interests, however, a particular area of strength is the music of South Asia, stretching from southern India to the northern Himalayan belt. The ethnomusicology program offers coursework and world music labs to students in the CCM as well as other UC colleges. Many students pursue studies in ethnomusicology as part of their elective curriculum. Additionally, students who are completing a doctoral degree at CCM may enroll in the ethnomusicology cognate as a way of developing a secondary area of specialization in the field of ethnomusicology. It is also possible for a graduate student specializing in ethnomusicology to earn a Ph.D. in Musicology within an ethnomusicology "track.”

The University of Cincinnati offers a number of resources to supplement the study of ethnomusicology. These could include, but are not limited to, the following: Introduction to Music of the World’s Peoples (300-level course); Music of the Himalayas, Music of Latin America, Shona Music of Zimbabwe, Music and Media in South Asia, Classical Indian Music (600-level courses); Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology, Approaches to Musical Ethnography, Popular Music from the Margins, Music and Cosmology, Music, Nationalism, and Globalism (800-level courses / advanced graduate level); and Himalayan Music Lab and North Indian Tabla Lab.

In addition, the department sponsors related workshops, concerts, and talks. Campus events also include many "world music” and "folk music” concerts and other events.

Financial Support

We offer approximately 3 fellowships at the Ph.D. level and 6-7 teaching/research assistantships in ethno/musicology each academic year. These generally include tuition remission and a living stipend.

Further Information

Stefan Fiol, Assistant Professor of Music, Mary Emery Hall 4246, P.O. Box 210003, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221. Phone: (513) 556-9529. Email: stefan.fiol@uc.edu

Program Website

Ethnomusicology Program: http://ccm.uc.edu/music/cmt/events/about_ethno.html

Related Websites

College-Conservatory of Music: http://ccm.uc.edu/.html

The content for University of Cincinnati was last updated February 16, 2011.

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