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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.

Program Focus

Africa, Eastern Europe, global popular music, South Asia, Southeast Asia, United States. Affiliated with the Music Department.

Special Resources

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 popular music.

General Program Statement

Ethnomusicology 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.

The 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.

Financial Support

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.

Further Information

Professor Andrew Weintraub, Music Department, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA. Phone: 412-624-4184; Fax: 412-624-4186; Email: anwein+@pitt.edu

Program Website

Department of Music: http://www.music.pitt.edu/

Related Websites

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 Studies: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/

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 Studies: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main

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/

The content for University of Pittsburgh was last updated March 5, 2015.

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