University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
M.A. and Ph.D. in Music; B.A. in Music with emphasis in
Hawaiian Music. Affiliated with the Department of Music.
Asia and the Pacific with particular focus on ethnic groups
represented in the Hawai‘i State population. The focus at Hawai‘i is primarily
geo-cultural, with an emphasis upon the "living cultures" present in
the ethnic mix of the state. It is the only U.S. program with a Pacific focus
and the only one whose setting is culturally and geographically part of the
Pacific–it is quite literally "in the field.” In addition to department
facilities, a specially designed ethnomusicology wing includes a laboratory, an
archive, instrument collection, designated classrooms (Asian music, gamelan,
Pacific dance, Asian dance), outdoor amphitheater, and other performance
spaces. The theoretical interests of the ethnomusicology faculty include world
music in education, dynamics of musical change, ethnic enclaves, ritual and theatre
traditions, music and dance transmission, and problems of cross-cultural
presentation. They are also performing artists, a perspective reflected in the
curricula. Performance instruction provides insight into a culture and is
regarded as an aspect of research method. Although the ethnomusicology program
contributes to the artistic life of the community, it does not seek to develop
performing artists. Its staff (15 teachers) is long-term and resident and
includes both indigenous performers and specialists trained in the relevant
country. The department collaborates with Theatre and Dance to produce Japanese
kabuki and noh, Beijing opera, Philippine sarswela,
Sumatra randai dance theater, Okinawan kumidui, and Javanese
dance drama and wayang kulit.
The Music Department maintains
excellent collections that serve as important research and instructional
resources for ethnomusicology. These include two complete sets of gamelan
instruments, one from Java and one from Bali, and an Ethnomusicology Instrument
Collection of over 4,500 musical instruments from around the world, one of the
largest teaching collections of non-Western instruments in the United States.
The department also supports an Ethnomusicology Archive that contains written
documents, theses, and sound and visual recordings related to Asian and Pacific
music. The Barbara B. Smith Amphitheater and Ethnomusicology Wing houses an
outdoor performance space, instrument collection, gamelan room, transcription
lab, seminar room, faculty offices, designated studio and rehearsal space for
Asian music, and two excellent dance studios. Hamilton Library is an on-campus
resource known worldwide for its Hawai‘i-Pacific Collection and its Asia
Collection. Sinclair Library houses the music collection and the Harry C. and
Nee-Chang Wong Audiovisual Center which has an excellent collection of audio
and audio-visual resources from Pacific Basin countries. Various centers in the
School for Pacific and Asian Studies sponsor conferences, lecture series, and
interdisciplinary courses that bring well-known Asian and Pacific scholars to
the university. The East-West Center (located on the UH campus) is a major
research institution for Asian and Pacific affairs, and its Arts Program brings
performing artists from these regions to present concerts and
lecture-demonstrations. All of these centers also serve as meeting places for
the large number of international scholars and government officials who pass
through Honolulu and are important resources for information about current
events in the region. The Bernice P. Bishop Museum and the Mission Houses
Museum are community resources of importance for Pacific Studies; the Honolulu
Academy of Art and the Doris Duke Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art are
international centers for Asia Studies. There is a wide variety of on-going
community events within Honolulu’s extensive Asian and Pacific Islander
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Frederick Lau. (D.M.A., University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign 1990) Professor. China; Southeast Asia; identity; politics;
diaspora; avant-garde music.
Byongwon Lee. (Ph.D., University of Washington 1974)
Professor. Korea; Buddhism; migration.
Jane Freeman Moulin. (Ph.D., University of California, Santa
Barbara 1991) Professor. Polynesia; multi-dimensional performance; dance;
Barbara B. Smith. (M.Mus., Eastman 1943, D. Mus. (Hon.)
Pomona College 2001) Professor Emerita. Micronesia; China; identity; music
Hardja Susilo. (M.A., UCLA 1967) Associate Professor
(Retired). Indonesia; dance; theatre.
Ricardo D. Trimillos. (Ph.D., UCLA 1972) Professor.
Southeast Asia; Japan; Hawai‘i; ethnicity; gender education.
Robert Herr. (Mus. Ed., University of Hawai‘i) Japanese shakuhachi.
Jay W. Junker. (B.A., University of Hawai‘i) American &
Norman Kaneshiro. (B.A., University of Hawai‘i, Master (Shihan)
Certificate, Nomura-Ryu Ongaku Kyo Kai) Okinawan Ensemble.
Sunhee Koo. World Music (Ph.D., University of Hawai‘i)
Korean & Chinese Music, Identity.
Takeo Kudo. (Ph.D., Northwestern University 1978) Japan shakuhachi.
Peter Medeiros. (B.A., University of Colorado) Hawaiian
slack key guitar.
Darin Miyashiro. (B.A., Redland University, Sawai Koto
Academy) Japanese koto.
Byron Moon. (B.A., University of Hawai‘i) Javanese gamelan.
Nola A. Nahulu. (M.A., University of Hawai‘i) Hawaiian
Chadwick Pang. (M.A., University of Hawai‘i) Hawaiian
Reverend Masatoshi Shamoto. Japanese gagaku.
Amy Ku’ulei Stillman. (Ph.D., Harvard) Hawaiian and
Victoria Holt Takamine. (M.A., University of Hawai‘i)
Hawaiian hula & chant.
Elizabeth Tatar. (Ph.D., UCLA 1980) Hawai‘i.
Noenoelani Zuttermeister. (Kumu hula) Hawaiian hula &
General Program Statement
The Ethnomusicology Program at the University of Hawai‘i has
a long-standing reputation for excellence in the study of world music,
especially the music of Asian and Pacific cultures. The program is distinctive
for a number of reasons. In contrast to other institutions, it is situated in a
unique geo-cultural environment that affords direct contact with music as a
dynamic process and defines the kinds of studies available at UHM. Honolulu is
known for its multi-cultural population and large number of ethnic groups that actively
participate in a wide variety of traditional and contemporary musics. Its
proximity to Pacific Basin countries and its mid-Pacific location insure
frequent contact with musicians, scholars, and institutions from the region.
The program is committed to close mentoring of students and helping students to
develop a broad network of contacts.
Participant activity, learning music in a manner approaching indigenous
transmission procedures, is an integral part of the University of Hawai‘i
program, as is the study of theoretical problems such as the relation of music
to social change, globalization, identity, diaspora, politics, commerce, dance,
and theater. The focus on socio-cultural formation and on musical practice is
encouraged by the "living laboratory” conditions. At the University of Hawai‘i,
the performance of world musics is a relevant esthetic experience, rather than
a museum piece or a bit of exotica.
Another distinctive feature of the University of Hawai‘i is that
ethnomusicology is an integral part – both in organization, and in spirit – of
the Music Department. The department has a long record of promoting musical
pluralism throughout the college music experience and at all levels of music
education, as a basis for music composition, and as part of choral and
Fellowships for Graduate Study in Ethnomusicology for
Students from Pacific and Asian Countries:
This fellowship is intended to aid in developing ethnomusicological expertise
in Asian and Pacific Islands countries by providing support for two years of
graduate study to qualified students entering the University of Hawai'i at
Manoa. Renewal of the fellowship after the first year is contingent upon
satisfactory progress in the program.
The fellowship covers living allowance, tuition, student fees, book purchase
allowance, and health insurance for one calendar year. Applicant is responsible
for round-trip transportation to Honolulu. NO TRAVEL FUNDS ARE INCLUDED. The
award will be made when funds are available and when applicants meet the highly
competitive standards of this Fellowship.
Other fellowship opportunities for Graduate Study in Ethnomusicology for
students specializing in Pacific Island, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or
Southeast Asian music.
Ethnomusicology is one of the disciplines supported by fellowship programs at
the Centers for Pacific Island, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian
Studies, Philippine Studies and the East-West Center. For information about
these fellowships, please consult the Center websites under "Related
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Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/music/about-us/degrees-programs/ma/ethno/
Ph.D. in Music: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/music/about-us/degrees-programs/phd/
Center for Pacific Islands Studies: http://www.hawaii.edu/cpis/
Center for Chinese Studies: http://chinesestudies.hawaii.edu/
Center for Japanese Studies: http://www.hawaii.edu/cjs/
Center for Korean Studies: http://www.hawaii.edu/korea/
Center for Philippine Studies: http://www.hawaii.edu/cps/
Center for Southeast Asian Studies: http://www.cseashawaii.com/wordpress/
East-West Center: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/
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