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Skidmore College

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

B.A. in Music

Program Focus

  • East, South East, and South Asia; Asian America; popular music, taiko, Javanese gamelan

Special Resources

  • Taiko, gamelan, North Indian classical music

  • Brief residencies every year

  • Judy Tsou Music Scholar Series (annual lecture/residency by a distinguished music scholar)

  • Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS)

  • Media and Film Studies Program

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

  • Lei Ouyang Bryant
    PhD., University of Pittsburgh, 2004
    Associate Professor, Department of Music
    Music, Asian Studies, Intergroup Relations
    East Asia, Asian America

  • Elizabeth Macy
    PhD., University of California, Los Angeles, 2010
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Music
    Music, Asian Studies
    Southeast Asia

  • Gordon Thompson
    PhD., University of California, Los Angeles, 1987
    Professor and Chair, Department of Music
    Music, Asian Studies, Media and Film Studies, Moore Documentary Studies Center
    South Asia, British popular music, music and media

Affiliated Faculty

  • Veena Chandra
    M.M., Prayay Sangit Samiti
    Lecturer in Music

General Program Statement

Ethnomusicological studies at Skidmore are integrated into the Music Department’s core offerings. All Music Majors must take a course of studies on a non-Western culture (China, Japan, or India) or popular music. Skidmore College emphasizes a globally involved liberal-arts educational philosophy through critical and creative thinking, writing, and performance. Ethnomusicology has played an active role in the development of Skidmore’s music program and in the Asian Studies Program for over twenty years. We began when Gordon Thompson arrived to add courses on Indian folk and classical music and have recently welcomed Lei Ouyang Bryant to the faculty to teach courses on the musics of East Asia. Over the years, we have added courses on popular music and jazz to our classroom offerings, as well as a taiko ensemble, a small gamelan, and private lessons on sitar and tabla.

Further Information

Gordon R. Thompson, Professor and Chair
Department of Music, Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632
Phone: 518-580-5322
Email: gthompso@skidmore.edu

Program Website


The content for Skidmore College was last updated November 14, 2014.

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