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Université Paris-Sorbonne
Musique et Musicologie

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

Licence Musique et Musicologie
Master Musique et Musicologie
Doctorat Musique et Musicologie

Our program in ethnomusicology is included as a dimension in music and musicology. It is not intended to be an option, nor a specialization, or at the same level as music sociology, Jazz studies, or Baroque music. We offer degrees at the three European levels: Licence Musique et Musicologie Master Musique et Musicologie Doctorat Musique et Musicologie Licence and Master degrees are through the Unité de Formation et de Recherche Musique et Musicologie, université Paris-Sorbonne. The Doctorate is through Ecole Doctorale Concepts et Lang

Program Focus

The general focus of this program is to provide a long-term education in ethnomusicology as part of musicology. So we have specific lessons and workshops at any level, from 1st year of undergraduate to Doctorat and Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (for professorship). The language of instruction is French.

Special Resources

We have a performance ensemble based on Turkish-Balkanic music. A music lab was created as soon as 1954, and dedicated to the study of the acoustical dimension of music. We have developed it for the digitalization of sound recordings, including transfer of analogical recordings. We have extended the lab to video post-production. One of the most visible parts of the program is the Seminaire d’Etudes Ethno-Musicologiques de Paris-Sorbonne, with around 13 sessions a year, largely open, with frequent invitations made to international scholars. The Seminaire is a part of the IReMUS research group.

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Jérôme Cler. Full-time Associate Professor ("maître de conférences”) in ethnomusicology since 2002. Highest degree: Doctorate. Main research: Turkish music; Colombia; rhythm; religion; fieldwork.

François Picard. Full-time Professor in ethnomusicology/anthropology of music since 1998. Head of the Seminaire d’Etudes Ethno-Musicologiques de Paris-Sorbonne; member of the Comité National de la Recherche Scientifique. Highest degree: HDR (1995, EHESS). Main research: Chinese music; anthropology of music and religion; modal and pentatonic music.

Yvonne Duong. Full-time, short-term contract research assistant (ATER) for 2014-2015. Highest degree: Master (2011). Main research: Hát Bội (Viêt Nam)

All play the music they study as ethnomusicologists, and François Picard often performs in public professional concerts.

General Program Statement

The program was initiated by the founder of the Musicology Department at the Sorbonne, Prof. Jacques Chailley, in 1956. The main influence was Constantin Brailoiu, who founded the Seminaire d’Etudes Ethno-Musicologiques de la Sorbonne in 1954. From the 1960s to the 1980s, many now important figures of ethnomusicology studied at the Sorbonne, including Tran Van Khê, Simha Arom, Mireille Helffer, Mahmoud Guettat, Amnon Shiloah, Hsü Tsang-Houei. From the 1970s to 2009, Gilles Léothaud, himself a student of Chailley, was the most influential in introducing generations of musicologists and music teachers to ethnomusicology, specifically organology. François Picard, himself a disciple of Tran Van Khê, was the first chair (professeur/Full Professor) in ethnomusicology ever appointed in a French university. From January 2010 to December 2013, he was the director of a research group, Patrimoines et Langages Musicaux, working mainly in historical musicology and music theory.

Financial Support

Most of the graduate students and all of the faculty are members of the Société Française d’Ethnomusicologie (see "Related Websites" below for URL). Only 2 to 3 doctoral contracts are proposed each year for all the students (about 80 per year ) who fulfill their Master in Music and Musicology (not specifically ethnomusicology) and want to continue for doctorate.

Further Information

François Picard, Professeur d'ethnomusicologie analytique, UFR de Musique et musicologie, Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2 rue Francis de Croisset- 75018 Paris. Email: francois.picard@paris-sorbonne.fr

SEEM-PS: http://seem.paris-sorbonne.fr/

UFR de musique et musicologie: http://www.paris-sorbonne.fr/nos-formations/la-formation-initiale/choisir-par-discipline/arts/musique-et-musicologie/presentation-3034/

Master musique et musicologie: http://vof.paris-sorbonne.fr/fr/index/master-XB/arts-lettres-langues-ALL/master-musique-et-musicologie-program-mmus1-210.html

Ecole doctorale Concepts et Langages: http://www.paris-sorbonne.fr/la-recherche/les-ecoles-doctorales/ed-5-concepts-et-langages-3245/onglet-1-3246/

Equipe de reches IReMUS Institu de Recherches en Musicologie UMR 8223: http://www.iremus.cnrs.fr[to be launched end of 2014), see http://www.plm.paris-sorbonne.fr/

Ethnomusicology Student Group

Our students are freely organised with students from other institutions through their own network: EthnomusiKa: http://ethnomusika.org/lassociation/

Related Websites

Jérôme Cler, Yayla: http://yayla.paris-sorbonne.fr/

Société Française d’Ethnomusicologie: http://www.ethnomusicologie.fr/

The content for Université Paris-Sorbonne was last updated November 14, 2014.

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