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University of Maryland
School of Music
Musicology & Ethnomusicology Division


Type of Program and Degrees Offered

Located just northeast of Washington, DC, the University of Maryland, College Park, is the flagship campus of the University of Maryland system. The ethnomusicology program, which offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, is part of the Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology. 

Program Statement

In the late 1990s, the ethnomusicology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (which had been developed by Mantle Hood) merged with the program at College Park, and the Ph.D. program in ethnomusciology at College Park was established.

The graduate program is designed to give students a comprehensive background in ethnomusicology that will prepare them for individual research in any geographical or topical area. Core coursework includes the literature and history of the field, theoretical issues, and training in fieldwork, analysis, and the anthropology of music. Students may also choose from a variety of courses on topical and theoretical issues (globalization, nation building, diasporas, music and film, popular music, etc.) and geographical areas (recent offerings focus on the Mediterranean, the Andes, Mexico, Latinx, East Asia, and Southeast Asia). As part of their coursework, students are required to participate in the ethnomusicology program’s ensembles and conduct local fieldwork projects. Current and recent students have conducted fieldwork in Botswana, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Nigeria, Peru, the Solomon Islands, and Turkey, as well as throughout the United States.

The ethnomusicology and historical musicology programs are part of a common community of scholars. Most seminars include students from both sectors, and a lively lecture and colloquium series brings faculty and students together to share their current research and to interact with guest speakers such as Kofi Agawu, Shalini Ayyagari, Michael Beckerman, Paul Berliner, Tim Carter, Daniel Cavicchi, Brigid Cohen, Martin Daughtry, Nancy Guy, Tomie Hahn, Mark Katz, Max Katz, Alejandro Madrid, Marc Perlman, Helen Rees, Tim Rommen, Anthony Seeger, Kay Shelemay, Jim Sykes, Philip Tagg, Sean Williams, and Deborah Wong.

Special Resources


The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library houses a comprehensive collection of books, scores, and audiovisual materials, along with the SEM Archives, Hugo Keesing popular music collections, International Piano Archives. Ensemble courses are taught by adjunct faculty who are master performers in Balinese gamelan, Japanese koto, and Korean samul nori (plans for a additional ensembles are underway), and many students also become involved in performance and/or research with community groups. The graduate student-led Global to Local project works with K-12 students in after-school programs. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center has several world-class performance venues and offers a rich range of programs in music, dance, and theatre. The School of Music’s own faculty and students are regularly featured in recitals, operas, and jazz, chamber, and orchestral concerts, and the World Music ensembles perform every semester. The vast resources of the Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institution are easily accessible from the campus, and internships are available. Almost all students admitted to the ethnomusicology program are supported with Teaching Assistantships (two years for M.A., four years for Ph.D.), which include tuition waivers and stipends. Summer research grants are also available, and ethnomusicology graduate students have an excellent track record for obtaining University of Maryland and external fellowships for dissertation research and writing. Affiliate faculty members in theatre, dance, philosophy, English, and Languages, Literature, and Culture offer seminars related to the performing arts and frequently contribute to thesis and dissertation committees for ethnomusicology students.


Ethnomusicology (Full-Time)

Siv B. Lie (Ph.D., NYU). Assistant Professor. Romani studies; France; linguistic anthropology; ethnicity and race; citizenship and nationalism; semiotics; jazz.

Fernando Rios (Ph.D., Illinois). Associate Professor and Division Coordinator. Latin American and Latinx music; music and political movements; folklorization and nation building; cultural appropriation; globalization and cosmopolitanism; historical ethnomusicology.

J. Lawrence Witzleben (Ph.D., Pittsburgh). Professor. China (especially Hong Kong, Shanghai); Southeast Asia; ethnomusicology theory; ethnomusicology in global perspectives; popular music studies; music and film. 

Ethnomusicology (Emeritus)

Józef Pacholczyk (Ph.D., UCLA) Music of Islamic cultures: India; Indonesia; organology; music and astronomy; new approaches to music analysis; history of theory; aesthetics; gamelan.

Robert C. Provine (Ph.D., Harvard). Professor. Traditional music of Korea; East Asian music; historical ethnomusicology; translation of texts on music; history of ethnomusicology; transcription and analysis.

Ethnomusicology (Part-Time)

Kyoko Okamoto. Lecturer. Japanese koto ensemble; President, Washington Toho Koto Society.

Laura Schnitker. Lecturer. Global popular music and identity; independence as social practice in American popular music.

I Ketut Suadin. Lecturer. Balinese gamelan ensembles (kebyar and anklung). Director, Gamelan Saraswati.

Sebastian Wang. Lecturer. Korean samul nori ensemble.

Musicology (Full-time)

Barbara Haggh-Huglo (Ph.D., Illinois). Professor. Medieval and Renaissance sacred music, notation, and theory; the music of courts and towns in the Low Countries and France; archival research and codicology.

Olga Haldey (Ph.D., Ohio State). Associate Professor. 19th- and 20th-century Russian music; opera production; early modern philosophy and aesthetics; Stravinsky.

Richard G. King (Ph.D., Stanford). Associate Professor. 18th-century music (especially Handel); performance practice; American popular music, especially rock.

Patrick Warfield. (Ph.D., Indiana). Associate Professor and School of Music Associate Director. Music in the United States; history of music in the D.C. area; Sousa, American wind band tradition; Gershwin; Ives; Afro-American music.

William Robin (Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill). Assistant Professor. American new music in the twenty-first century; early American hymnody; public sector musicology.

Affiliated Faculty

Peter U. Beicken, Germanic Studies. Professor. Cultural, semiotic, and psychoanalytic perspectives on literature and film; opera in film; fin de siècle, expressionism, the Weimar Republic, exile, post-war literature and culture.

Jerrold Levinson, Philosophy (Ph.D., Michigan). Distinguished University Professor. Aesthetics; metaphysics, ethics, and philosophy of mind; philosophy of music, film, and literature; emotional response to art; ontology of artworks.

Laurie Frederik Meer, Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (Ph.D., Chicago, anthropology). Associate Professor. Cuba, Latin America, African disapora; anthropology of performance and performance studies.

Barry Pearson, English (Ph.D., Indiana). Professor. Traditional and popular African-American music, especially blues.

Scott Trudell (Ph.D., Rutgers). Associate Professor. Early modern literature, music, and media theory; song, mediation and literary form.

Financial Support

Almost all students admitted to the ethnomusicology program are supported with Teaching Assistantships (two years for M.A., four years for Ph.D.), which include tuition waivers and stipends. Summer research grants are also available, and ethnomusicology graduate students have an excellent track record for obtaining University of Maryland and external fellowships for dissertation research and writing.

Further Information

Contact Siv Lie (slie@umd.edu), Fernando Rios (frios@umd.edu), or J. Lawrence Witzleben (jlwitz@umd.edu),  School of Music, 2110 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-1620, USA. +1 (301) 405-5560.

Program Website


Ethnomusicology Student Group

Society for the Intercultural Study of the Performing Arts (SISPA). President, Benjamin Jackson (bjacks11@umd.edu)

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School of Music Student Handbook: www.music.umd.edu/current_students/handbooks

School of Music Office of Admissions: University of Maryland School of Music, 2110 Clarice Smith Center, College Park MD 20742. +1 (301) 405-8435. musicadmissions@umd.edu.

The content for University of Maryland was last updated November 8, 2017.

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