University of Toronto
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology; Ph.D. in Musicology; M.A. in
Ethnomusicology; M.A. in Musicology; B.Mus. in Music History and Theory with
History Specialist/Minor in Music History and Culture; B.A. with
Specialist/Major/Minor Music History and Culture options.
Interdisciplinary programmes built upon the techniques and intellectual heritage of both ethnomusicology and musicology. Particular area strengths in Canadian and North American, Hindustani, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Caribbean, South American, Middle Eastern, Central Asian, North African, and Popular Musics. Special interests in ethnomusicological performance; ethnographic methods; music and politics; music, violence, and traumatic experience; music and media; music and circulation; sociomusicology; sound, music, and everyday life; music and material culture; music and gender; urban and applied ethnomusicology.
Toronto Ethnomusicology Archive, The
Institute for Canadian Music, the Hindustani Music Archive, special library
collections & Sniderman Recordings Archive, computer labs (some with MIDI),
recording studio, and video & audio equipment.
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Farzaneh Hemmasi (PhD, Columbia University). Assistant
Professor, Ethnomusicology (starting Fall 2013). Popular music and politics,
nationalism and transnationality, media, migration, Iran and the Middle East,
dance musics, and North American popular music.
James Kippen. (Ph.D., Queen’s University of Belfast).
Professor & Coordinator, Ethnomusicology. Senior Fellow Trinity College.
South Asia, Hindustani music, tabla and pakhavaj, history, historiography &
repertoire, vernacular texts, rhythm & metre, colonialism and
Jeff Packman. (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley).
Visiting Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology. Brazilian music, popular music
of the Americas, Afro-diasporic music and dance, music and technoculture,
cultural politics, race, social class, network theory, and professional music
Joshua D. Pilzer. (Ph.D., University of Chicago). Assistant
Professor, Ethnomusicology. Sociomusicology, the social science of music, experimental
ethnography, music and memory, violence, gender, marginalization,
socialization, public culture and identity. Korean and Japanese musics; North
American popular music.
Robin Elliott. (Ph.D., University of Toronto). Professor, Musicology
& Ethnomusicology. Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music. Senior Fellow
Massey College. Canadian music, music and migration, music and gender,
Russell Hartenberger. (Ph.D., Wesleyan University). Dean.
Professor, Performance & Ethnomusicology. Coordinator, Graduate Studies.
Percussion. 20th century music, music of Steve Reich, tabla, mrdangam, Javanese
gamelan, West African drumming. Founding member of Nexus.
Fred Kwasi Dunyo. African Drumming and Dancing Ensemble.
Master drummer, Ewe. Founder and artistic director of Kekeli Drum and Dance
Ken McLeod. (Ph.D., McGill.) Assistant Professor in
Musicology, University of Toronto, Scarborough, with graduate appointment to
the Faculty of Music. Popular music, music, sport and mass culture.
Gary Kiyoshi Nagata. Taiko Ensemble. Leader of Kiyoshi
Nagata Ensemble, founder of the cross-cultural percussion ensemble, Humdrum.
Annette Sanger. (Ph.D., Queen's University of Belfast).
Part-time Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, University of Toronto, Scarborough, with
graduate appointment to the Faculty of Music. Balinese Gamelan. Cultural
anthropology & ethnomusicology, Balinese music performance, theory and
Suzanne Meyers Sawa. (M.L.S. & M.A., University of
Toronto). Assistant Librarian. Coordinator, public services and library
instruction. Women in Arabic music, especially Ummayad and Abbasid eras.
Percussionist and vocalist of Arabic music.
General Program Statement
Established in 1966 by SEM co-founder Mieczyslaw Kolinski,
the University of Toronto’s Ethnomusicology Programme remains at the forefront
of North American ethnomusicology. We train students in the intellectual
history, theory, practice, and methodologies of ethnomusicology and musicology.
We provide a thorough grounding in ethnographic methods and writing, offer courses in diverse musical traditions from around the world, and train students in a variety of cultural and social theoretical approaches to the study of music. Noted graduates include Beverley Diamond, Robin Elliott, George Sawa, Robert Simms, and Margaret Walker.
We encourage students to engage in ethnomusicological performance through
private lessons, instrumental courses, and the World Music Ensembles, such as
African Drumming & Dancing, Balinese Gamelan, and Taiko. Other World Music
ensembles are available on a rotating basis, including Tabla, Steel Pan, Korean
SamulNori, Klezmer, and Celtic Roots.
In the fall of 2007, we welcomed the first World Music Ensembles
Artist-in-Residence: the hereditary tabla virtuoso Ustad Ilmas Husain Khan, the
current head of the Lucknow tradition. In the fall of 2008, we welcomed the
well-known Balinese master musician I Wayan Sinti as Artist-in-Residence, and
in Fall 2010, we will be visited by Kim Dong-Won, Korean
drummer/multi-instrumentalist and member of the Silk Road Ensemble. This is an
ongoing commitment, and resident artists are selected with the interests of
faculty and graduate students in mind.
The Faculty of Music includes renowned scholars and performers, a Music Library
ranked as one of the best in North America, the Institute for Canadian Music,
the Toronto Ethnomusicology Archive, and the Hindustani Music Archive. Students
have access to the resources and activities of a major research university –
the largest university in North America, with one of the top five research
libraries in North America. The University of Toronto is uniquely situated in the heart of one of the most culturally vibrant and diverse cities in the world. Faculty and students conduct fieldwork at local urban field sites in Toronto as well as in many areas of the world.
Tuition waivers and fellowship support granted to all M.A.
and Ph.D. students; teaching and research assistantships available.
The Graduate Department of Music, University of Toronto, 80
Queen's Park Crescent, Toronto ON M5S 2C5 Canada. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty of Music: http://www.music.utoronto.ca
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