University of Minnesota
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
program is housed in the school of music. We offer M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in
Musicology/Ethnomusicology. All graduate students study both historical
musicology and ethnomusicology, though many specialize in one or the other. The new Creative Studies and Media program
offers a interdisciplinary, cross-cultural study of improvisational and
creative practices. The doctoral degree
is oriented toward preparing students for scholarly research and teaching,
aiming for a breadth of disciplinary approaches and depth in one specialized
area; the master’s degree is individually tailored to the student’s interests
and career goals.
strengths include India, the Middle East, Indonesia, the United States, the
Black Atlantic, Western Europe, diasporic communities in the Twin Cities, and
the Byzantine Empire. Other strengths
include ethnography, phenomenology, gesture, gender, theories of the body and
voice, dance, critical theory, religion, popular music, ecomusicology, jazz,
music analysis, comparative improvisation, archival research, music technology,
race and ethnicity, disability studies, performance studies, topos theory, and
is available in North Indian music, Javanese Gamelan, West African Drumming,
Afro-Brazillian music, and jazz. The department also features an Electronic
Music Lab, the world-class Ames Library of South Asia, and an extensive music
library. In addition, many music faculty, students, and local community members
have been involved in the ongoing World
in Two Cities project, an ethnographic survey of the diverse musical worlds
of Minneapolis and St. Paul, including Indo-Caribbean temple music, Hmong pop
music, Minneapolis hip-hop, and Mexican’s children's songs.
Music and Sound Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate group, run by graduate
students and supported through the Institute of Advanced Studies, brings
scholars from around the world to present on a wide range of topics, from
Chindon-Ya to Guitar Hero, from Tamarin music to Jewish music in India.
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Rahaim. (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2009). Assistant Professor
of Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Music Department. Music of India and the Middle
East, voice production, phenomenology, gesture studies, ethical dispositions,
speech melody, sonic ecology, modal theory, neumatics, critical history, tuning
and temperament, devotional music.
Addo. (Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1995). Associate Professor of
Music Education, Department of Music. Music of Ghana, world music education.
Beeman. (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1976). Professor of Anthropology,
Department of Anthropology. Classical Persian music, Islam, performance theory,
ethnography of opera, the voice, emotion, silence.
Chatterjea. (Ph.D., Temple University).
Professor of Dance, Department of Theater Arts and Dance. Odissi Dance, the bodily production of
knowledge, street theater, cultural politics of dance, dance historiographies.
Currie. (Ph.D., New York University). Assistant Professor of
Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Department of Music. Early Balkan, Ottoman, and
Byzantine music, musics of the silk road; iconography; music and science;
medieval music theory.
Currie. (Ph.D., New York University). Lecturer in Creative Studies and Media,
Department of music. Ethnographic studies of jazz, comparative improvistion,
Gallope (Ph.D., New York University) Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies,
Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. African Diaspora, improvisation, music and
sound studies, continental philosophy, critical theory, visual culture,
theories of modernism.
Gopinath. (Ph.D., Yale University, 2005). Assistant Professor of Music Theory,
Department of Music. Popular music, race and ethnicity, mobile music, the
ringtone industry, cultural and critical theory, globalization.
Harness. (Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1996). Associate
Professor of Musicology, Department of Music. Gender studies; historical
anthropology of musical performance.
Larasati. (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2006). Assistant
Professor, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. Javanese dance, dance and
citizenship, identity, tourism, corporeality in war zones.
Leppert. (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1973). Professor of Cultural Studies,
Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. Critical theory of
music, post-structuralist sociology of popular and high culture, Theodoro
Adorno, discourse theory.
Lubet. (Ph.D., University of Iowa).
Professor of Creative Studies and Media, Department of Music. Disability studies, improvisation, Jewish
Mazzola. (Ph.D., Zurich University). Professor of Creative Studies and Media,
Department of Music. Free jazz, gesture, topos theory.
Mensah. Teaching Specialist, Department of Music. West African Drumming
Mercer-Taylor. (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1995). Associate
Professor of Musicology, Department of Music. Popular music studies, rock
analysis, protestant hymnody.
Pedelty. (Ph.D., University of
California, Berkeley, 1993). Associate
Professor of Anthropology, Journalism, and Communication Studies, department of
Communication Studies. Music of Mexico,
ecomusicology, ritual studies.
Powell. (Ph.D., New York
University). Assistant Professor of
American Studies, Department of American Studies. Hip-hop, sampling, Afro-South Asian musical
intersections, world music, queer theory.
Raheja. (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1985). Professor of Anthropology,
Department of Anthropology. The blues, music in Appalachia, labor, memory,
cultural production in India.
Saldanha (Ph.D., Open University, 2004). Associate Professor of Geography,
Department of Geography. Rave culture,
music in the city, race, tourism, globalization.
Silverman. (Ph.D., Florida State University). Director of Music Therapy,
Department of Music. Music therapy, music and memory.
Sumera. (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin).
Instructor in Ethnomusicology.
Music and violence, war's audiovisions, video game music, sound studies,
Sutrisno. (B.A., National Academy of Performing Arts, Surakarta, Java,
Indonesia, 1985.) Teaching specialist, Department of Music. Javanese Gamelan.
General Program Statement
Musicology/Ethnomusicology program at the University of Minnesota aims to train
scholars in a broad range of musical disciplines, bridging the natural and
social sciences, the humanities, and performance. All students receive a
grounding in ethnographic, historical, and interpretive methods. A set of
flexible program requirements allow students to design a customized course of
study and research. Fieldwork and archival research are supported by a wide
range of area studies and language programs at the University of Minnesota,
including Hindi/Urdu, Arabic, and Hmong.
than 100 assistantships are awarded annually to graduate music students.
Assistantships are available to graduate students in areas including theory,
musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, private lesson instruction,
conducting, and various professional service areas. Assistantships provide a
stipend and enable students with at least a 25% appointment to pay resident
tuition and receive a tuition benefit equal to twice the percentage of the appointment.
also are a number of fellowships available through the Graduate School.
Applicants with strong academic records (GPA of 3.8 or higher and high GRE test
scores) are eligible to be nominated for Graduate School Fellowships. The
purpose of the Graduate School Fellowship (GSF) is to assist directly in the
recruitment of outstanding students by providing the incentive of an
academic-year merit fellowship. The School of Music may nominate prospective
students entering the University of Minnesota Graduate School for the first
time in the upcoming academic year. Fellowship recipients receive a stipend for
the academic year plus full tuition. Eligible recipients are also covered by
comprehensive health insurance, including subsidized dependent and dental care.
Educational Opportunity Fellowships are awarded annually by the Graduate School
to first-year underrepresented graduate students. Students must be nominated by
the School of Music. Applicants normally have a GPA of at least 3.2 and strong
Menken, Assistant to the Director of the School of Music, 200D Ferguson Hall,
School of Music, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA. Phone:
612-625-4870; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
and Sound Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group: https://wiki.umn.edu/MusicAndSoundStudies/
in Two Cities: http://twocities.umn.edu/