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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. These programs are integrated within the Department of Musicology/Composition/Theory and include courses on area studies, the literature of the field, participation in world music ensembles (including Afro-Caribbean, steel drum, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and other ensembles), and interdisciplinary studies. The World Music and Ethnomusicology programs are integrated with departments and programs across the campus to allow for coursework in popular culture, women's studies, Africana studies, dance, art history, or other related fields. We offer several teaching assistantships for Master’s students.


Program Focus


Our departmental and affiliated 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 features specific library collections in music and popular culture. The Sound Archives contain 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 Arts Village hosts numerous world music events and is strongly interrelated with the World Music and Ethnomusicology programs.


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. Check the departmental page listing assistantship opportunities for more information.


Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology


Sidra Lawrence (Ph.D University of Texas at Austin) Associate 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) Associate Professor. Popular music, music and television, identity, voice studies, disability studies.


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


Christopher Witulski (Ph.D. University of Florida) Instructor. Musics of Africa, the Middle East, and their diasporas; music and religion; globalization and the media; popular music; and old time music.


Affiliated Faculty


Angela Ahlgren (Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre and Film)


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


David Lewis (Sound Archivist & Assistant Professor, University Libraries)


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). Associate 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.


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


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. Scholarships, Graduate Travel Grants, and Pro-musica awards are available to support student travel, conference attendance, and research.


Further Information


For General Information: Sidra Lawrence (419-372-9481, sidral@bgsu.edu) or Katherine Meizel (419-372-8487, 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


Or visit the websites for the College of Musical Arts and the Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Theory, and Composition area.


The content for Bowling Green State University was last updated October 17, 2018.


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