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Type of Program and Degrees Offered

Undergraduate courses, M.A. program and degree; located within Music Department.

Program Focus

  • Africa, especially Ewe and Dagomba music-cultures
  • Asia, especially Japanese sokyoku ensemble and shakuhachi, Central Javanese court gamelan, and Hindustani khyal
  • Americas, especially jazz and popular music, music-culture of digital music technology
  • Arab world, especially North Africa and classical takht ensemble
  • Europe, especially Jewish music, Balkan instrumental music, and music-culture of Western art music
  • Music and religious/spiritual experience
  • Education in world music
  • Ethnomusicological theory and history in relationship to the other music sub-disciplines

Special Resources

  • Musical instruments for teaching and performance curriculum
  • Performance ensembles (African, Arab, Javanese, Klezmer, Latin jazz, African-American Gospel
  • Private lessons (Japanese koto, shamisen and voice, Japanese shakuhachi, Hindustani vocal music, and Balkan and Mediterranean strings)

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Richard Jankowsky. Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies. B.A. Tufts University, 1995. Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, University of Chicago, 2004. Music of the Middle East and North Africa; Trance and Healing; Islam.

David Locke. Professor. B.A., 1972, and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University, 1978. African traditional performing arts and culture.

Jeffrey A. Summit. Associate Professor. Rabbi and Executive Director of the Hillel Foundation at Tufts. Rabbinic ordination and an M.A.H.L. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. M.A. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, Tufts University. Jewish music-culture; music and identity; music and ritual; music and spiritual experience.

Affiliated Faculty

Nani Agbeli. Lecturer (part-time). Traditional performing artist from Ghana. Director Kiniwe African Ensemble.

Joseph Auner. Professor. B.A., Colorado College, 1981; M.A./Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Music, University of Chicago, 1991. Western art music (20th century), digital technology and music.

Elizabeth Bennett. Adjunct Instructor. Ph.D. in Art History, Yale University. East Asian music; Japanese shakuhachi.

Jane Bernstein. Austin Fletcher Professor. B.A., City College of New York, 1967; M.Mus., University of Massachusetts, 1968; Ph.D. in Musicology, University of California at Berkeley, 1974. Musicology; gender studies; women and music.

Alessandra Campana. Associate Professor. "Laurea” University of Rome "La Sapienza”; Ph.D. in Musicology, Cornell University. Western classical opera.

Beth Bahia Cohen. Adjunct Instructor. B.A. Brandeis University; M.M.A. in Violin Performance, Manhattan School of Music. Balkan, Hungarian, Greek and Mediterranean string instruments.

David Coleman. Lecturer (part-time). B.Mus. Boston University; M.A. in Composition, Tufts University. Gospel chorus director.

Barry Drummond. Lecturer (part-time). M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts, 1984; ABD, Wesleyan University. Javanese gamelan ensemble director; artistic director of the Boston Village Gamelan.

David Guss. Associate Professor of Anthropology. Ph.D. in Anthropology, UCLA. Latin America; ethnopoetics; cultural performance; myth and ritual; folklore.

Paul D. Lehrman. Lecturer. B.F.A., Purchase College Conservatory, 1975; M.A., Lesley University, 2000; Ph.D., Tufts University 2010. Director of Music Technology.

John McDonald. Professor. B.A., Yale University, 1981; M.M., 1982, M.M.A., 1983, and D.M.A., in Composition and Piano, Yale School of Music, 1989. Composer and pianist.

Michael McLaughlin. Lecturer (part-time). B.M. Berklee College of Music, 1993; M.M., Tufts University, 1999; D.M.A., New England Conservatory of Music, 2009. Klezmer Ensemble Director.

Deborah Pacini-Hernandez. Associate Professor of Anthropology. Caribbean music and culture; immigration and music; popular music.

Stephan Pennington. Assistant Professor. Ph.D in Musicology, University of California at Los Angeles, 2010. African-American music, popular music, race and gender studies.

Cathleen Read. Adjunct Instructor. Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University, 1974. Japanese Yamada-ryu koto, shamisen, voice.

Gil Rose. Lecturer. B.Mus., Music History, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, M.F.A. & Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting, Carnegie Mellon University.

Kareem Roustom. Lecturer (part-time). B.A., University of Massachusetts Lowell; M.A., Tufts University. Director of Arab music ensemble.

Janet Schmalfeldt. Associate Professor. B.A. and B.Mus., Lawrence University, 1967, M.M.A., Yale School of Music, 1970, Ph.D. in Music Theory, Yale University, 1979. Music-culture of Western art music (19th and 20th century).

Warren Senders. Adjunct instructor. B.A. Cambridge College; M.A. Antioch College. Indian music theory and performance. Hindustani vocal music.

Joel LaRue Smith. Lecturer. M.M. Manhattan School of Music; B.A. City College. Jazz studies. Director of the Tufts Jazz Orchestra, jazz arranging; composition; performance and theory.

Michael Ullman. Lecturer. B.A., Harvard College, 1967. M.A., University of Chicago, 1968. Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1976. Jazz history and criticism.

General Program Statement

Tufts offers courses in ethnomusicology and world music for the general liberal arts undergraduate student, for undergraduate music majors/minors, and graduate students (M.A. in Ethnomusicology). Courses include survey of world music; area studies in Africa, Afro-America, American popular and sacred music, the Arab and Islamic world, Asia, the Jewish world, and Europe (Western art music); theory of music and culture; theory/methods of ethnomusicology; and multimedia for music studies. Performance ensembles from the Arab world, Ghana, Java, and the Jewish Klezmer tradition. Private lessons on instruments and voice from Japan, India, and the Mediterranean.

Further Information

Professor Richard Jankowsky, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Music, Tufts University. 20 Talbot Ave., Medford, MA 02155 USA. Phone: 617.627.2388, Fax: 617.627.3967, email: rich.jankowsky@tufts.edu.

Program Website


Related Websites

Dagomba Dance-Drumming: http://dagomba.uit.tufts.edu

The content for Tufts University was last updated June 25, 2010.

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