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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Department of Musicology

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

Specialist in Music in Ethnomusicology. Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology with Ethnomusicological Emphasis. Ethnomusicology is part of the Department of Musicology in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Our primary degree is the Ph.D. in Musicology with Ethnomusicological Emphasis (despite its name, this is the equivalent of a doctoral degree in ethnomusicology). The Musicology Department also administers the undergraduate major and minor in musicology in the college of Literature, Arts, and Sciences, and these students may specialize in ethnomusicology. School of Music, Theatre & Dance students may also major in musicology with an emphasis on ethnomusicology. For graduate students in music outside of our department, we offer a Specialist in Music in Ethnomusicology certificate. Our faculty and students have affiliations with many other units on campus, including the Center for World Performance Studies, the Center for South Asian Studies, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, the Program in American Culture, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and the Institute for Research on Gender.

Program Focus

The faculty of our department specialize in the music of the United States, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Asia; secondary areas include the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the music of Asian Americans. The theoretical perspectives of the faculty are manifold and can accommodate any type of student interest.

Special Resources

The ethnomusicology lab contains fieldwork equipment for loan, including solid state recording devices and high definition video cameras. We also have computer workstations for students to edit sound and video and to do transcription work. There are several performing ensembles on campus, including a Javanese gamelan and an Arab music orchestra. The Stearns Collection of musical instruments has over 2500 pieces, some of which can be loaned out to students. Our program sponsors several lectures a year by ethnomusicologists from around the world, and we periodically have artists in residence through the Center for World Performance Studies.

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Judith Becker. (Ph.D. University of Michigan), Professor Emeritus.

Christi-Anne Castro. (Ph.D. UCLA), Assistant Professor.

Meilu Ho. (Ph.D. UCLA), Assistant Professor.

Joseph Lam. (Ph.D. Harvard University), Professor.

Lester Monts. (Ph.D. University of Minnesota), Professor and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

Affiliated Faculty

Kelly Askew. (Ph.D. Harvard University), Associate Professor, Anthropology.

Amy Stillman. (Ph.D. Harvard University), Associate Professor, American Cultures.

Susan Walton. (Ph.D. University of Michigan), Lecturer, Residential College and teacher of gamelan.

General Program Statement

Established in 1948, the department trains its ethnomusicology students to become tomorrow’s leading scholars and teachers in their fields of specialization, contributing to the global understanding of culture, history, and society. William Malm joined the faculty in the 1960s, followed by Judith Becker in the 1970s, and both left a lasting legacy of excellence in research and teaching. The musicology faculty at Michigan is diverse in its research practices and intellectual orientations, embracing many methods of inquiry, from source studies, archival research, musical historiography, cultural history, and ethnography, to critical theoretical studies in music and gender, identity, and race. The ethnomusicology program is well integrated with the historical musicology program, and our students benefit from an interdisciplinary education. The wealth of intellectual and institutional resources at Michigan encourages students to design robust yet flexible plans of study, while cultivating individual interests and opening new fields of investigation. The many vibrant interdisciplinary centers on campus and cross-disciplinary collaborations among faculty members invite our students to broaden and deepen their study of music through interaction with scholars in other fields. The excellent performing ensembles on campus offer invaluable opportunities to perform and listen to the repertories and musical traditions that are central to their scholarly work. Financial support and teaching fellowships are available to graduate students. The musicology faculty and the institutional and creative resources available at the University of Michigan have launched the successful careers of generations of graduates in academic departments across the country.

Further Information

Christi-Anne Castro, Department of Musicology, University of Michigan. Phone: 734-615-4216; Email: ccastro@umich.edu

Program Website

Department of Musicology: http://www.music.umich.edu/departments/musicology/index.htm

Ethnomusicology Student Group

MELOS: http://www.sitemaker.umich.edu/melos/home

Related Websites

Ethnomusicology at the University of Michigan: http://www.music.umich.edu/departments/musicology/EthnomusicologyandUMich.htm

The content for University of Michigan, Ann Arbor was last updated June 29, 2010.

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