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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.

Program Focus

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.

Special Resources

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 postcolonialism.

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 making.

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.

Affiliated Faculty

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, biography.

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 Ensemble.

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 history, tourism.

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.

Financial Support

Tuition waivers and fellowship support granted to all M.A. and Ph.D. students; teaching and research assistantships available.

Further Information

The Graduate Department of Music, University of Toronto, 80 Queen's Park Crescent, Toronto ON M5S 2C5 Canada. Email: grad.music@utoronto.ca

Program Website

Faculty of Music: http://www.music.utoronto.ca

Department Website: http://individual.utoronto.ca/kippen/Ethnomusicology/About.html

The content for University of Toronto was last updated September 17, 2015.

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