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University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music
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University of Rochester
Eastman School of Music

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

All of the ethnomusicology programs are housed in the Musicology Department. We are also affiliated with the Anthropology Department at the University's River Campus College. Eastman offers a Master's Degree in ethnomusicology and a PhD in Musicology-Ethnomusicology Track.   

Program Focus

We focus on the geographical areas of the United States, South Africa, Indonesia, and India, along with the theoretical perspectives of gender, ritual studies, and musical-social identities.

Special Resources

We currently maintain three performing ensembles: Balinese gamelan gong kebyar, an mbira group, a West African Drum and Dance Group, and a Capoeira group, all of which can be taken for credit. We also regularly offer Summer Institutes in these ensembles.

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Ellen Koskoff, PhD Musicology, University of Pittsburgh, 1976, Professor, Musicology Department, and Affiliate in Humanities Department; research interests: Jewish music in the US, gender and music; Balinese music and music analysis.

Jennifer Kyker, PhD Musicology, University of Pennsylvania, 2010, Assistant Professor, Musicology Department, and Department of Music (River Campus College); research interests: audience reception, women and expectations of gender in mbira performance, the evolution of neo-traditional musical styles, such as the contemporary Zimbabwean marimba.

Affiliated Faculty

Robert Morris, DMA, University of Michigan, 1969; primary research interests: South Indian music, theory and analysis.

General Program Statement

The Ethnomusicology Programs at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and the River Campus College provide students opportunities to work both within a professional school of music and a top-tier University setting. The master's degree in ethnomusicology has been active for about ten years and we have been quite successful in placing our graduates into top PhD programs. Recently, we have developed a new ethnomusicology-track PhD in Musicology, and began this year to accept students. Other resources at the University include the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Studies, the Frederick Douglas Institute for African and African American Studies, a number of geographically based academic programs, and the Sibley Music Library--one of the largest in the world.

Financial Support

We recently received a generous donation to provide a grant for our master's degree students of up to $5000 a year for fieldwork projects. In addition we have yearly financial resources to support our gamelan ensemble and a rich variety of world music concerts.

Further Information

Ellen Koskoff
Professor, Ethnomusicology
Eastman School of Music
26 Gibbs St.
Rochester NY 14604

Program Website


Ethnomusicology Student Group

We have a student writing/talking group that meets once a month, called the "Ethnoschmoozeathon." Contact Ellen Koskoff for more information: ekoskoff@esm.rochester.edu 

The content for Eastman School of Music was last updated November 14, 2014.

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