University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. in Music (Anthropology of
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
Ph.D. in Music (Anthropology of Music). Affiliated with the
Department of Music, with the Department of Anthropology, and with Penn’s
Music and spirituality, gender studies, diaspora, and
popular musics in American, African, and Caribbean contexts; global jazz
studies; historical ethnomusicology; social and cultural theory.
Music analysis laboratory, musical
instrument collection, special library collections; audio/video archives; Samba
Ensemble; Jazz Ensemble. Fellowship aid is available.
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Jeffrey Kallberg. (Ph.D., University of Chicago) Professor
of Music. Social theory in historical methodology; romanticism; music and
gender; music and sex.
Carol Muller. (Ph.D., New York University) Professor of
Music. South Africa; local musics in the United States; music as expressive and
popular culture; music and gender; music and the sacred; music in exile; music
and media/new technologies; South African jazz.
Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. (Ph.D., University of Michigan)
Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music. African American music;
jazz; popular music; music and film; cultural studies.
Timothy Rommen. (Ph.D., University of Chicago) Associate
Professor. Caribbean music; diaspora; ethics; music and the sacred; popular
music; intellectual history of ethnomusicology.
Gary Tomlinson. (Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley)
Annenberg Professor of Music. Renaissance music; cultural history;
historiography; Aztec song; theories of European colonialism.
Roger Abrahams. (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania)
Professor of Folklore and Folklife. Caribbean folklore; performance theory;
Allyn Miner. Lecturer in South Asia Regional Studies. North
Indian classical music; sitar instruction.
General Program Statement
The program in the anthropology of music reflects the
interdisciplinary nature of ethnomusicology, combining approaches from
anthropology, musicology, folklore, literary theory, religious studies,
linguistics, critical theory, and gender studies in order to interrogate the
cultural webs of meaning within which music resonates. The diverse
methodological interests of the anthropology of music faculty are reflected in
the truly interdisciplinary curricular structure of the program.
Ethnomusicology seminars are often extended into practical, fieldwork-based
projects in West Philadelphia and through initiatives supported by the
university’s Center for Community Partnerships (projects have included
exploring gospel music in several West Philadelphia churches and documentary
fieldwork in a West Philadelphia mosque). Seminars dealing with ethnographic
methods, the intellectual history of ethnomusicology, area studies, and topical
studies are combined with a broad range of courses in music theory and
musicology. Recent area and topical studies courses have included: Music and
Tourism in the Caribbean, Improvisation in Cross Cultural Perspective, Women in
Jazz, The Ethics of Style in Caribbean Popular Musics, Cosmopolitanism,
Songwork in Early Colonial Latin America, African Musics, and Musics of Central
Asia. Elective credits, moreover, afford students the opportunity to study with
faculty in other departments or to craft independent studies with faculty in
the department of music.
The faculty at Penn are interested in a wide range of topics and issues within
ethnomusicology, but the program is particularly strong in the areas of music
and spirituality, gender studies, diaspora, and popular musics in American,
African, and Caribbean contexts. The overlapping interests of several faculty
in the musicology and theory programs, moreover, also makes the anthropology of
music program particularly strong in jazz studies and historical
All students who are offered admission to the anthropology
of music program are awarded five years of funding. These fellowships include
tuition, health insurance, and a generous annual stipend. Each student also
receives summer research funds during three of the five fellowship years. These
fellowships also afford each student the opportunity to teach during two of the
five years (four semesters). Teaching assignments range from assistantships to
stand-alone courses, depending on departmental needs in any given semester.
Timothy Rommen, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate
Studies, Department of Music, University of Pennsylvania, 201 S. 34th Street,
Philadelphia PA 19104, USA. Phone: 215.898.7544; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Music: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/music/
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