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University of Maryland, College Park
School of Music
Musicology & Ethnomusicology Division

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

Located just northeast of Washington, DC, the University of Maryland, College Park, is the flagship campus of the University of Maryland system. The ethnomusicology program, which offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, is part of the Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology. 

Program Focus

The graduate program is designed to give students a comprehensive background in ethnomusicology that will prepare them for individual research in any geographical or topical area. Core coursework includes the literature and history of the field, theoretical issues, and training in fieldwork, analysis, and the anthropology of music. Students may also choose from a variety of courses on topical and theoretical issues (music and film in cross-cultural perspectives, music and diaspora, music and globalization, popular music studies, music and nation-building, etc.) and geographical areas. As part of their coursework, all students are expected to undertake fieldwork, usually in the Washington DC area, and to participate in the ethnomusicology program’s ensembles.


Special Resources

The Division has a well-equipped Technology Laboratory for music analysis and media work, as well as special library and video collections. The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library houses a comprehensive collection of books, scores, and audiovisual materials, along with the SEM Archives and the International Piano Archives. Ensemble courses are taught by adjunct faculty who are master performers in Balinese gamelan, Japanese koto, and Korean percussion (plans for a fourth ensemble are underway), and many students also become involved in performance and/or research with community groups. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center has several world-class performance venues and offers a rich range of programs in music, dance, and theatre. The School of Music’s own faculty and students are regularly featured in recitals, operas, and jazz, chamber, and orchestral concerts, and the ethnomusicology ensembles perform every semester. The vast resources of the Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institution are easily accessible from the campus, and internships are available. Almost all students admitted to the ethnomusicology program are supported with Teaching Assistantships (two years for M.A., four years for Ph.D.), which include tuition waivers and stipends. A small number of competitive fellowships are also available, and ethnomusicology graduate students have an excellent track record for obtaining University of Maryland and external fellowships for dissertation research and writing. Affiliate faculty members in the theatre, dance, philosophy, and English and German literature offer seminars related to the performing arts and frequently contribute to thesis and dissertation committees for ethnomusicology students.


Ethnomusicology (Full-Time)

Fernando Rios (Ph.D., Illinois). Assistant Professor. Bolivia, Andes; nationalism, nation-building; cosmopolitanism/globalization; folklorization; appropriation; localization; exoticism; historical ethnomusicology.

Kendra Salois (Ph.D., Berkeley). Visiting Assistant Professor (2013-15). Morocco, North Africa; hip-hop, mass-mediated Afro-diasporic forms; making and listening to popular music; translocal allegiances through popular musicking.

J. Lawrence Witzleben (Ph.D., Pittsburgh). Professor. China (especially Hong Kong, Shanghai); Southeast Asia; Oceania; ethnomusicology theory, ethnomusicology in global perspectives; popular music studies; music and film. (Editor, Ethnomusicology.)

The Division anticipates conducting searches for new tenure-track faculty members in both ethnomusicology and historical musicology in 2015.

Ethnomusicology (Emeritus)

Józef Pacholczyk (Ph.D., UCLA) Music of Islamic cultures: India; Indonesia; organology; music and astronomy; new approaches to music analysis; history of theory; aesthetics; gamelan.

Robert C. Provine (Ph.D., Harvard). Professor. Traditional music of Korea; East Asian music; historical ethnomusicology; translation of texts on music; history of ethnomusicology; transcription and analysis.

Ethnomusicology (Part-Time)

Kyoko Okamoto. Lecturer. Japanese koto ensemble; President, Washington Toho Koto Society.

I Ketut Suadin. Lecturer. Balinese gamelan ensemble. Director, Gamelan Mitra Kusuma.

Sebastian Wang. Lecturer. Korean samul nori ensemble.

Musicology (Western music)

Barbara Haggh-Huglo (Ph.D., Illinois). Professor. Medieval and Renaissance sacred music, notation, and theory; the music of courts and towns in the Low Countries and France; archival research and codicology.

Olga Haldey (Ph.D., Ohio State). Associate Professor. 19th- and 20th-century Russian music; opera production; early modern philosophy and aesthetics; Stravinsky.

Richard G. King (Ph.D., Stanford). Associate Professor. 18th-century music (especially Handel); performance practice; American popular music, especially rock.

Patrick Warfield. (Ph.D., Indiana). Associate Professor and Division Chair. Music in the United States; history of music in the D.C. area; Sousa, American wind band tradition; Gershwin; Ives; Afro-American music.

Affiliated Faculty

Peter U. Beicken, Germanic Studies. Professor. Cultural, semiotic, and psychoanalytic perspectives on literature and film; opera in film; fin de siècle, expressionism, the Weimar Republic, exile, post-war literature and culture.

Jerrold Levinson, Philosophy (Ph.D., Michigan). Distinguished University Professor. Aesthetics; metaphysics, ethics, and philosophy of mind; philosophy of music, film, and literature; emotional response to art; ontology of artworks.

Laurie Frederik Meer, Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (Ph.D., Chicago). Assistant Professor. Cuba, Latin America, African disapora; anthropology of performance and performance studies.

Barry Pearson, English (Ph.D., Indiana). Professor. Traditional and popular African-American music, especially blues.

Miriam Phillips. Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (C.M.A., Laban/Bartanieff Institute). Assistant Professor Kathak; flamenco; Guinea; dance as embodied culture; Laban movement studies; intercultural performance.

Scott Trudell (Ph.D., Rutgers). Assistant Professor. Early modern literature, music, and media theory; song, mediation and literary form.

General Program Statement

In the late 1990s, the ethnomusicology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (which had been developed by Mantle Hood) merged with the program at College Park, and the Ph.D. program in ethnomusciology at College Park was established. Graduates of the UMD ethnomusicology programs currently teach in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Spain, Slovenia, and throughout the United States.

Financial Support

Almost all students admitted to the ethnomusicology program are supported with Teaching Assistantships (two years for M.A., four years for Ph.D.), which include tuition waivers and stipends. A small number of competitive fellowships are also available, and ethnomusicology graduate students have an excellent track record for obtaining University of Maryland and external fellowships for dissertation research and writing.

The ethnomusicology and historical musicology programs are part of a common community of scholars. Most seminars include students from both sectors, and a lively lecture and colloquium series brings faculty and students together to share their current research and to interact with guest speakers such as Sean Williams, Tim Rommen, Tomie Hahn, Philip Tagg, Kofi Agawu, Michael Beckerman, Deborah Wong, Alejandro Madrid, Mark Katz, Helen Rees, Nancy Guy, Tim Carter, Marc Perlman, Paul Berliner, and Kay Shelemay.

Further Information

Contact J. Lawrence Witzleben (jlwitz@umd.edu) or Fernando Rios (frios@umd.edu), School of Music, 2110 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-1620, USA. +1 (301) 405-5560.

Ethnomusicology Student Group

Society for the Intercultural Study of the Performing Arts (SISPA). President, Alice Rogers (a.e.roge@gmail.com)

Related Websites

Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology Website: www.music.umd.edu/divisions/musicology_and_ethnomusicology/

School of Music Graduate Handbook: www.music.umd.edu/current_students/handbooks

School of Music Office of Admissions: University of Maryland School of Music, 2110 Clarice Smith Center, College Park MD 20742. +1 (301) 405-8435. musicadmissions@umd.edu.

The content for University of Maryland, College Park was last updated November 14, 2014.

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