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Michigan State University
Ethnomusicology Program, College of Music

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

M.A. in Musicology, with concentrations in Ethnomusicology and Historical Musicology

Program Focus

General ethnomusicology, special strengths in music of the Americas, broadly conceived (including the Caribbean, the African diaspora, Native America, Latin America, White America and other Canadian and US topics), jazz studies and popular music.

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Michael Largey. (Ph.D. Indiana University). Professor. Caribbean and African American music; ethnographic theory. Contact: largey@msu.edu

Ken Prouty. (Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh). Associate Professor and Area Chair of Musicology. American music, specializing in jazz. Contact: proutyk@msu.edu

Affiliated Faculty

Kevin Bartig. (Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Assistant Professor. Russian music; 19th and 20th century western music. Contact: kmbartig@msu.edu

Sarah Long. (Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Assistant Professor. Early music, plainchant and liturgy; African music. Contact: longsar@msu.edu

Marcie Ray. (Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles). Assistant Professor. French Baroque music; gender, sexuality and identity. Contact: raym@msu.edu

Joanna Bosse. (Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Residential College for the Arts and Humanities. Dance ethnography. Contact: bossejo1@msu.edu

Christopher Scales. (Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Residential College for the Arts and Humanities. Native American music; recording technology. Contact: scalesch@msu.edu

General Program Statement

The ethnomusicology program at Michigan State is designed to produce scholars who intend to participate in the current theoretical and methodological debates in the fields of ethnomusicology, folklore, and anthropology. In addition, graduates also gain fluency in Western music history and theory, and acquire the ability and experience to teach courses in both ethnomusicology and Western music history. Our graduate students engage in research in diverse areas that extend beyond the specialization of our faculty. If a student chooses a topic outside the expertise of the College of Music faculty, we will locate specialists to help in the preparation of the thesis. Fellowships and teaching assistantships are available.

Financial Support

Two assistantships available in per year to outstanding incoming students.

Further Information

Dr. Ken Prouty, Musicology Area Chair, College of Music, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1043, USA. Phone: 517-432-7297; Email: proutyk@msu.edu.

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The content for Michigan State University was last updated March 25, 2014.

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