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Ethnomusicology Program

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

The Ethnomusicology Program is housed within the Division of Composition, Musicology, and Theory at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). The program offers course work, research and teaching opportunities, and advising to students in the College-Conservatory of Music as well as other UC colleges. There is an ethnomusicology “track” for students interested in earning a BA degree in music, or a BM, MM, or PhD degree in musicology. Students who are completing a doctoral degree at CCM may also enroll in the Ethnomusicology Cognate as a way of developing a secondary area of specialization in the field of ethnomusicology. 

Program Focus

The Ethnomusicology Program at CCM emphasizes ethnographic and analytical methods for studying any musical tradition; given faculty interests, however, particular areas of strength include the music of South Asia, East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and North and South America.

Special Resources

In addition to coursework at undergraduate and graduate levels on a range of topics, we currently offer performance ensembles in the following subjects: Zimbabwean Mbira dzaVadzimu, Caribbean Steelpan, Himalayan Drumming, North Indian Tabla, and North American Old-Time/Bluegrass.

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Stefan Fiol. (Ph.D. in Musicology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008) Associate Professor, Affiliated faculty in Asian Studies. Research interests: Cultural regionalism and the discourse of folk music in the Central Himalayas; Commercialization of ritual performance; Transnational constructions of indigeneity; Social and technological mediation in the recording studio; Musical performance in contexts of urban-rural migration; Cultural performance in the South Asian diaspora; Relationships of theory and practice in Hindustani music; Popular music and nationalism in Latin America and Zimbabwe.

Scott Linford. Assistant Professor. (Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2016). Research interests: historical and contemporary connections between the African continent and diaspora; musical production of identity narratives; musical participation and experiential senses of community; ecomusicology; applied ethnomusicology; organology and instrument-building; documentary film and sensory ethnography; traditional and popular music in southern Senegal; bluegrass and old time fiddle and banjo music in the United States; social dance in the United States; volcanto and música testimonial in Nicaragua.

Affiliated Faculty

Ritwik Banerji. Adjunct Instructor. Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the development of artificially-intelligent virtual performers of free improvisation which are built to function as fellow performers in an ensemble of human improvisers. In his fieldwork, he subjects these systems to the critique of actively performing improvisers by asking them to play with them and compare them to human performers, a practice which allows improvisers to more directly comment on their sense of the ideal practices of listening and interaction in this putatively "free" practice. Banerji's research has been supported by Fulbright Germany, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, the Berkeley Center for New Media, and the Berkeley-Mellon Fellowship.

Jim Feist. Adjunct Instructor. A disciple of Ustad Allah Rakha and Pandit Yogesh Samsi, he has been teaching tabla at various institutions since 1990 and joined the University of Cincinnati faculty in 2011.

Jessica Hajek. Adjunct Instructor. Ph.D. in Musicology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017), with an emphasis on ethnomusicology and Latin American/Caribbean studies. With her interdisciplinary background, Hajek’s interests include carnival practices in the Caribbean region, intersection of public policy and urban cultural expressions, Haitian diaspora in the Dominican Republic and applied pedagogy for music/language instruction. She is fluent in Spanish and has also studied Haitian Creole.

General Program Statement

The Ethnomusicology Program at CCM emphasizes ethnographic and analytical methods for studying any musical tradition; given faculty interests, however, particular areas of strength include the music of South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and North and South America.

The Ethnomusicology Program is housed within the Division of Composition, Musicology, and Theory at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). The program offers course work, research and teaching opportunities, and advising to students in the College-Conservatory of Music as well as other UC colleges. There is an ethnomusicology “track” for students interested in earning a BA degree in music, or a BM, MM, or PhD degree in musicology. Students who are completing a doctoral degree at CCM may also enroll in the Ethnomusicology Cognate as a way of developing a secondary area of specialization in the field of ethnomusicology. 

Financial Support

We offer approximately 3 fellowships at the Ph.D. level and 6-7 teaching/research assistantships in ethno/musicology each academic year. These generally include tuition remission and a living stipend.

Further Information

Stefan Fiol, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Mary Emery Hall 4246, P.O. Box 210003, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221. Phone: (513) 556-9529. Email: stefan.fiol@uc.edu

Program Website

Ethnomusicology Program: http://ccm.uc.edu/music/cmt/events/about_ethno.html

Related Websites

College-Conservatory of Music: http://ccm.uc.edu/.html

 

The content for University of Cincinnati was last updated October 2, 2018.

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