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Bowling Green State University
Department of Musicology/Composition/Theory

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

We offer the Bachelor of Music in World Music and Master of Music in Ethnomusicology. The programs are integrated within the Department of Musicology/Composition/Theory (MUCT) and include graduate and undergraduate courses on area studies, literature of the field, world music ensembles (Balinese gamelan, Afro-Caribbean ensemble), and interdisciplinary studies. Housed in the MUCT department, the World Music and Ethnomusicology programs are integrated with departments and programs across the campus, such as the Department of Popular Culture; the Women’s Studies Program; the Africana Studies Program; the Dance Program; the Art History Program; the American Culture Studies program; and the Ethnic Studies Program among several others. We offer several teaching assistantships for Master’s students.

Program Focus

Our faculty specialize in multiple geographical and theoretical areas of study, including the music cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora, the Americas, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Indonesia. Concentrations include American and global popular musics, music and media, postcolonial studies, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, organology, voice studies, and disability studies. Our students are free to explore these topics and any others of their choosing.

Special Resources

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) features specific library collections in Ethnomusicology and Popular Culture. The Popular Music Sound Archives is the largest collection of popular music in North America. The College of Musical Arts houses the Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music, which sponsors the largest annual New Music Festival in the Midwest. Contemporary music is a special strength in the College, which offers a DMA in Composition, Conducting, and Performance tracks.

The Arts Village (AV) is a unique living/learning community dedicated to the arts on the campus. The AV hosts numerous world music events and is strongly interrelated with the World Music and Ethnomusicology programs. 

Two World Music ensembles are directly associated with the Ethnomusicology program: the Balinese gamelan and the Afro-Caribbean ensemble. Each ensemble performs multiple times throughout the year. Links to recordings can be found on our website.

Resources are available to assist student workshop participation, research, and conference attendance. In addition, several assistantships are offered to Master’s students for graduate study.

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Sidra Lawrence (Ph.D University of Texas at Austin) Assistant Professor. Area specialization: West Africa and South Africa, African Diaspora with emphasis in the Caribbean. Theoretical interests: performativity and embodiment, women’s and gender studies, global justice, development ethics, and postcolonial and transnational feminism.

Katherine Meizel (Ph.D., D.M.A. UC Santa Barbara) Assistant Professor. Popular music, music and television, identity, voice studies, disability studies. 

Megan Rancier (Ph.D. UCLA) Instructor. Musics of Kazakhstan and Central Asia, organology, Post-Soviet nationalism.

Kara Attrep (Ph.D. UC Santa Barbara) Instructor. Music and media, music and race in advertising, identity, popular musics of North America, and Middle Eastern Studies. 

Jeremy Wallach (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) Associate Professor of Popular Culture. Indonesian, Malaysian, North American and global popular music, heavy metal, genre and authenticity, sexuality.

Affiliated Faculty

Esther Clinton (Ph.D. Indiana University) Visiting Assistant Professor (Department of Popular Culture). Folklore; mythology.

Lucy Long (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) Assistant Professor (School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies). Appalachian music; fiddle and bagpipe traditions; music and tourism. 

Mary Natvig (Ph.D., Eastman School of Music) Professor (Musicology). Women’s music; Medieval music.

Arne Spohr (Ph.D. Hochschule für Musik Köln). Assistant Professor (Musicology). Music between 1550 and 1750 in Britain, Germany, and Scandinavia; music and space, architecture, art. 

Kristen Rudisill (Ph.D. University of Texas-Austin). Associate Professor (Department of Popular Culture). Indian theater and dance; Indian film; South Asia; popular narrative; transnationalism.

General Program Statement

The College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) offers a variety of area and theoretical courses in ethnomusicology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can pursue a Master of Music degree in Ethnomusicology, a Bachelor of Music degree in World Music, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with emphasis on World Music. Performance and training opportunities exist in Balinese gamelan, Afro-Caribbean music, early music, and new music.

Much of the program in ethnomusicology is interdisciplinary and we strongly encourage taking advantage of the resources available across campus. In particular, the School of Cultural and Critical Studies, offers graduate certificates in ethnic studies and women’s studies, and the Department of Theater and Film, offers a graduate certificate in Performance Studies. Many students enjoy the resources of the Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music. Students also have options of taking courses in Musicology and Music Theory, and BGSU sponsors the annual Mid-American New Music Festival.

Financial Support

Assistantships are competitive and include working in World Music classes, assisting in the Arts Village learning community, assisting in Music Appreciation, history, theory, and others as assigned. Assistantships may include tuition, stipend, and summer course waivers. Music talent, Graduate Travel Grants, and Pro-musica awards are available to support student travel, conference attendance, and research.

Further Information

For General Information: Sidra Lawrence or Katherine Meizel, Assistant Professors, College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403;

Telephone: (419) 372-9481 or (419) 372-8487; Email: sidral@bgsu.edu or kmeizel@bgsu.edu.

For Graduate Program Inquiries: Robert Satterlee, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403; Telephone: (419) 372-2182; Email: rsatter@bgsu.edu

For Secretarial Assistance: Sherri White, Graduate Secretary, College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University; Telephone: (419) 372-2182; Email: skwhite@bgsu.edu

College of Musical Arts Website

College of Musical Arts Programs: http://www.bgsu.edu/musical-arts/prospective-students.html#graduate

Related Websites

Degree Programs: http://www.bgsu.edu/musical-arts/prospective-students/masters/areas-of-study.html

World Music Program: http://www.bgsu.edu/archived-catalog/fall-2014/colleges-and-programs/college-of-musical-arts/world-music.html


The content for Bowling Green State University was last updated October 27, 2015.


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