University of Washington
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
Ethnomusicology is a division within the University of
Washington School of Music. Students who want to concentrate in ethnomusicology
have the choice of four degree programs: B.A. in Ethnomusicology, School of Music, M.A., Music, School of Music Ph.D.,
Music, School of Music Ph.D., Anthropology, Anthropology Department
The UW Ethnomusicology program encourages students to learn
and apply theoretical perspectives and methodologies from diverse disciplines.
The program also stresses performative engagement with visiting artists,
encouraging students to embrace music-making as central to their research and
scholarship. While faculty have their own geographical/cultural and theoretical
specializations, the program’s variety of theoretical and performance training
is designed to support students in any geographical/cultural specialization
The UW Ethnomusicology program has
since 1962 hosted musicians from across the world as artists in residence. In
addition to visiting artists, whom we continue to feature within the program,
Seattle is home to a wide array of musicians and musical communities with whom
students in the Ethnomusicology program can study and perform. Our
Ethnomusicology Archives houses a large collection of field recordings, live
concert recordings, films and videos of a variety of musical events, and
musical instruments. The mission of the archives includes the collection,
documentation, and preservation of ethnographic materials for use by students,
researchers, and members of source communities now and in the future. The archivist assists students working on class projects, and as a member of the graduate faculty is occasionally involved in teaching and advising. We encourage collaborative projects with other departments
and UW entities, as well as community partners. Examples of such collaborations
include a museum exhibit at the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction
Museum, titled, "American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music”; the Seattle
Fandango Project, building community through participatory music; "Music Alive!
In the Yakima Valley,” a music education initiative to provide music training
and opportunities for Mexican American and Native American school children; and
a variety of collaborations with UW area studies programs. We enjoy a close
relationship with the UW Music Education program. Graduate students
from both Ethnomusicology and Music Education have worked creatively across
divisional boundaries on projects involving music education and transmission.
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Patricia Shehan Campbell. Professor. Ph.D., Music, Kent State
University. Children's Musical Cultures, World Music Pedagogy, Community Music.
Shannon Dudley. Associate Professor;
Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Ethnic Studies. Ph.D.,
Music, University of California, Berkeley 1997. Caribbean and Latin America;
Nationalism, Festival, Participatory Music.
Ter Ellingson. Professor; Adjunct
Professor of Anthropology, Comparative Religion, African, Canadian, and South
Asian Studies. Ph.D., Anthropology/Buddhist Studies, University of Wisconsin.
Tibet, Nepal, Buddhist Cultures; Asante, Ga, Dagarti, West African Cultures;
Ritual, Symbolism, History, Notation/Transcription, Visual Media.
Laurel Sercombe. Ethnomusicology Archivist and Lecturer.
Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of Washington. Sound Archiving; Song Traditions
of the First People of the Northwest Coast; History of Ethnographic Research in
the Pacific Northwest; The Beatles.
Christina Sunardi. Assistant Professor.
Ph.D., Music, University of California, Berkeley. Performing Arts of Java and
Bali, Gender, and Music in the United States.
Stuart Dempster. Emeritus, Music (Didjeridou, Trombone, New
Ramesh Gangolli. Emeritus, Mathematics (Musical Styles and
Traditions, North India).
Michelle Habell-Pallan. Adjunct Associate Professor, Women
Studies (Chicano/a popular culture, critical race and gender theory).
Recent artists-in-residence have included Kedmon
Mapana (Wagogo, Tanzania), Heri Purwanto (Javanese gamelan), Homayoun Sahki and
Salar Nader (Afghan rabab and tabla), Srivani Jade (Hindustani khyal), Thione
Diop (Senegalese sabab drumming), Kevin Burke (Irish traditional fiddle), Pablo Rivera (Puerto Rican bomba).
General Program Statement
Ethnomusicology degree programs at the University of
Washington feature an integrated interdisciplinary approach to the study of
music and culture. Our faculty are members of the School of Music, and adjunct
members of Anthropology and other departments; our students are able to enroll for studies in
Ethnomusicology, across the Music specializations, and in disciplines and area
studies programs in the university. The B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs
combine academic coursework in these disciplines with firsthand musical
experience in individual lessons and ensembles, taught by leading performers
from the world’s musical traditions who join us each year as artists in
residence. Students also have options to perform in the
steel band, Javanese gamelan, Zim-marimba ensemble, and gospel choir.
Our students receive systematic training in the interdisciplinary theories and
methods needed to understand both the universal and the unique aspects of
cultures and musical traditions. They work in fields as diverse as anthropology,
linguistics, comparative religions, cultural ecology, education, ethnomedicine,
women studies, history, literary studies, philosophy, folklore, library
science, computer applications, video documentation, and musicological
approaches, from historical studies to formal analysis. Students working
towards the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees have in recent years conducted field
research on traditional, popular, and immigrant musics in countries across the
world. Graduates of the program presently hold positions at major universities
in the U.S. and abroad, as well as in a variety of public-service
The UW ethnomusicology program supports graduate students
through a combination of teaching assistantships and fellowships, including FLAS (Foreign Language and Area
Studies) fellowships, Huckabay Teaching Assistantships, and AIRS: Advancing
Interdisciplinary Research in Singing research support. Our students
also have been successful in acquiring a variety of teaching assistantships and
fellowships from outside the School of Music, including FLAS (Foreign Language
and Area Studies) fellowships.
Patricia Shehan Campbell, Head of Ethnomusicology, School of Music,
Box 353450, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-3450, USA. Phone:
206-543-6308; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ethnomusicology Student Group
Ethnomusicology Students Association: email@example.com
University of Washington School of Music: http://www.music.washington.edu/home/
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