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The World Musics and Cultures Program


Type of Program and Degrees Offered

Ethnomusicological courses within the context of a B.A. in Arts at a four-year, liberal arts and engineering college. Students may minor in World Musics and Cultures.

Program Focus

Courses on the musics of Africa and the African Diaspora, Latin America, Jazz, East Asia, and Global Popular Music, as well as ethnomusicological surveys and seminars.

Special Resources

Faculty-directed Japanese taiko ensemble, Balinese gamelan ensemble, and Jazz ensemble. We also offer a mini-term abroad in the Performing Arts of Bali.

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Jennifer Milioto Matsue. Associate Professor, Department of Music, Asian Studies and Anthropology. Ph.D., University of Chicago (2003). Interests: Modern Japanese Music and Culture, Japanese Taiko, and Global Popular Music.

Affiliated Faculty

Timothy Olsen, Associate Professor, Department of Music. D.M.A., Yale University (1995). Interests: Jazz, Latin America and Africa; Composition.

General Program Statement

The World Musics and Cultures Program at Union College is an interdisciplinary program offering courses, concerts, and performance opportunities that explore the diversity of the world's people and the music that we make in a vibrant academic setting. Grounded in the Departments of Music and Anthropology, students can take a range of courses that reveal the intersection of music and cultural anthropology, develop skills in ethnographic methods, and encounter specific styles through both hands-on performance and academic study of the musics and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

Financial Support

No specific financial assistance is offered to students with an interest in ethnomusicology, though all students are welcome to apply for assistance through Union College in general.

Further Information

Jennifer Milioto Matsue
Associate Professor
Director of the World Musics and Cultures Program
Union College
Department of Music
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308

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