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
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.
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
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.
Kelly Askew. (Ph.D. Harvard University), Associate
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.
Christi-Anne Castro, Department of Musicology, University of
Michigan. Phone: 734-615-4216; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Musicology: http://www.music.umich.edu/departments/musicology/index.htm
Ethnomusicology Student Group
Ethnomusicology at the University of Michigan: http://www.music.umich.edu/departments/musicology/EthnomusicologyandUMich.htm
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