University of Pittsburgh
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
The Department offers Master of Arts and Doctor of
Philosophy programs in four fields of study: ethnomusicology, jazz studies,
composition and theory, and historical musicology. While the curriculum in each
field is specialized, the programs are closely interconnected through a series
of interdisciplinary proseminars, colloquium lectures, and performance events.
Our graduate faculty is large and diverse in its interests. The student body is
relatively small, numbering approximately 45 graduate students in the combined
programs. The faculty-student ratio is thus most favorable, and individual
attention is very much the norm.
Africa, Eastern Europe, global popular music,
South Asia, Southeast Asia, United States. Affiliated with the Music Department.
Computer-assisted musical analysis laboratory with
video and sound editing capabilities, special library collections, musical
instruments collection, African music ensemble, Carpathian music ensemble, Javanese and
Sundanese gamelan, jazz ensemble, colloquium series,
visiting artists, and support from university programs
including four national resource centers, the Graduate Program for Cultural
Studies, the Women's Studies Program, and many others. Financial support is
available through fellowships and teaching assistantships. Most graduate
students receive multi-year support.
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Shalini Ayyagari. (PhD, University of California, Berkeley)
Assistant Professor of Music. South Asia, regional music of India and
Pakistan, Islam in South Asia, subaltern studies, postcolonial
studies, development studies, ethnography, Bollywood film.
Adriana Helbig. (PhD, Columbia University) Associate Professor of Music. Eastern Europe, Gypsy music, global hip-hop, cultural
policy, music and politics, migration, race.
Gavin Steingo. (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) Assistant
Professor of Music. African music, music of the African diaspora; critical
theory, postcolonialism, sound studies, music and labor.
Andrew Weintraub. (PhD, University of California, Berkeley)
Professor of Music. Southeast Asia; cultural theory, music theory and
practice, music and power, music and the formation of nation-states, gender and
General Program Statement
faculty at Pitt study and teach courses on some of the most exciting and timely
areas of music research today including: (1) global popular music; (2) music,
labor, and value; (3) gender and sexuality; (4) media and technology; (5) sound
studies; (6) cultural rights and advocacy; and (7) sound archives and
repatriation. Our aim is to prepare students to become educators in the field
of ethnomusicology and active in the public sector. Evidence of success is our
strong record of graduate placement at universities both within and outside the
U.S. In addition, our alumni hold advocacy positions in educational,
government, and nonprofit organizations.
training includes a thorough study of the history and theory of
ethnomusicology, methods and techniques of research, cultural theory, a general
exposure to world music, an in-depth study of one or more particular
repertories and/or the music behavior of one particular cultural group, and
faculty guidance of original research. The training is broad-based and
well-rounded, and includes courses in historical musicology and music theory,
as well as in cognate disciplines such as anthropology. The program benefits,
in terms of faculty and financial resources, from the university’s strong area
studies, particularly the Africana Studies Program, the Asian Studies Program,
the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Center for Russian and East
European Studies, as well as the Cultural Studies Program, Women's Studies
Program, and Humanities Center. The department brings leading musicians from
India and Indonesia to campus each year for concerts, lectures, and workshops.
The program stresses a balance between the humanistic and social sciences
perspectives, and recognizes the importance of performance as a tool for
scholarly investigation. The program also offers introductory courses in world
music, popular music, and jazz for undergraduate non-majors to fulfill university humanities
and international studies requirements.
Many forms of financial assistance are available. They
include general fellowships, teaching assistantships, teaching fellowships, and
graduate student assistantships, all providing payment of tuition plus a
stipend. Most graduate students receive multi-year support.
Professor Andrew Weintraub, Music Department, University of Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA. Phone: 412-624-4184; Fax: 412-624-4186; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Music: http://www.music.pitt.edu/
University Gamelan http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/gamelan/
Center for American Music http://www.pitt.edu/~amerimus/cam1.htm
Humanities Center: http://www.humcenter.pitt.edu
Cultural Studies Program: http://www.pitt.edu/~cultural
Women's Studies Program: http://www.wstudies.pitt.edu/
Asian Studies Center: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc/
Center for Russian and East European
Center for Latin American Studies: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/
European Studies Center: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/euce/euce.html
University Center for International
Department of Anthropology: http://www.anthropology.pitt.edu/index.html
Department of Africana Studies: http://www.africanastudies.pitt.edu/
Department of Communication: http://www.comm.pitt.edu/
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