World Music Program
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
B.A. in Music, M.A. in Music, and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology.
Affiliated with the Music Department.
Wesleyan offers a balanced number of regional
specializations in Asian, African, American and European musics. Theoretical
interest areas include cultural studies, women and gender studies, migration,
political economy, popular music studies, improvisation, and historical
Experimental music studio, computer
lab for music analysis, The World Music Instrument Collection (for teaching,
demonstration, and research), The Wesleyan World Music Archives, special
library holdings, occasional conferences, library consortium with Trinity
College and Connecticut College, performers in residence and adjunct faculty,
and a range of resident ensembles. Approximately twenty-five B.A., as well as
seven M.A., and two Ph.D. degrees are awarded annually. Competitive teaching
and research assistantships available.
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Eric Charry. (Ph.D., Princeton) Associate Professor and
Director of Graduate Studies in Music. Africa and the African diaspora;
American music; ethnomusicology.
Mark Slobin. (Ph.D., University of Michigan) Professor.
Musics of Afghanistan/Central Asia, Europe and Euro-American Subcultures;
Sumarsam. (M.A., Wesleyan; Ph.D., Cornell) Adjunct
Professor. Indonesian music; theory and history; teaching and performance of gamelan,
and dhalang in wayang kulit.
Su Zheng. (Ph.D., Wesleyan) Associate Professor and Chair of
the Music Department. Music of China, Japan, Asian America; music and gender.
Abraham Kobina Adzenyah. (M.A., Wesleyan) Adjunct Professor.
Ghanaian music; teaching and performance of African instrumental ensembles.
Jane Alden. (M.Mus., King's College, London; Ph.D.,
UNC-Chapel Hill) Associate Professor. Musicology; Theory.
Balraj Balasubrahmaniyan. (B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of
Madras) Adjunct Assistant Professor. South Indian music; teaching and
performance of voice.
Anthony Braxton. Professor of Music. Composition;
Neely Bruce. (M.M., D.M.A., Illinois) Professor of Music.
American music; composition; theory.
Ronald Ebrecht. (D.E.S., Schola Cantorum; M.Mus., Yale;
B.Mus., Southern Methodist). University organist. Music of eighteenth- and
nineteenth-century Europe; theory.
Angel Gil-Ordóñez. Adjunct Professor, Director of Private
Lessons, Chamber Music and Ensembles Program, Conducting, Wesleyan Orchestra,
Wesleyan Ensemble of the Americas.
I.M. Harjito. (B.A., S.Kar. [M.F.A.], ASKI Surakarta,
Indonesia) Artist-in-Residence. Music of Java; teaching and performance of
Jay Hoggard. (B.A., M.A., Wesleyan) Adjunct Associate
Professor. African-American music.
Ronald Kuivila. (B.A., Wesleyan; M.F.A., Mills) Adjunct
Professor. Electronic music; composition; computer music; sound installations.
Alvin Lucier. (B.A., Yale; M.F.A., Brandeis) Professor of
Music. Composition; experimental music.
Yonatan Malin. (Ph.D., University of Chicago) Assistant
Professor of Music. Music theory and history.
David Nelson. (Ph.D., Wesleyan) Artist-in-Residence. South
Indian music; teaching and performance of mrdangam, kanjira, and solkattu.
General Program Statement
The Wesleyan University Department of Music is home to one
of the oldest and most prestigious world music programs in the country. In its
integration of scholarship with performance and in its commitment to the
inclusion—in principle—of all of the world's musics, the Wesleyan World Music
Program has had a significant influence on scholarship, composition, and
performance in the United States and abroad.
As an integral part of one of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions,
the department enjoys an international reputation for excellence, attracting
students from around the globe. It offers an undergraduate major, and two
graduate degree programs: M.A. in Music (with a concentration in scholarship,
experimental music/composition, or performance) and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology.
Wesleyan undergraduate and graduate students enjoy the benefits of an intimate,
rigorous, and creative liberal arts university experience, marked by individual
and small group study. There are many opportunities for individual and ensemble
study/performance. Many traditions are represented by both teaching and
performing faculty, including African-American, Indonesian, African and African
diaspora, East Asian, South Indian (Karnataka), Euro-American, and experimental
All students typically receive full tuition remission plus a
Undergraduate program information: Sandra Brough, Music
Department, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459, USA. Phone:
860-685-2594; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate program information:
Deborah Shore, Music Department, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459,
USA. Phone: 860-685-2598; Email: email@example.com
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