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University of Toronto
Graduate Program in Ethnomusicology

Type of Program and Degrees Offered 

Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, with Direct Entry option; M.A. in Ethnomusicology

Program Statement

Established in 1966, the University of Toronto’s Ethnomusicology Program remains at the forefront of North American ethnomusicology. We train students in the intellectual history, theory, practice, and methodologies of ethnomusicology. We provide a thorough grounding in ethnographic methods and writing, offer courses in diverse musical traditions from around the world, and train students in a variety of cultural and social theoretical approaches to the study of music. We encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and professional development through regular workshops. Noted graduates include Beverley Diamond, George Sawa, Rob Simms, Margaret Walker, Mark Laver, Carolyn Ramzy, and Yun Emily Wang. The program’s language of instruction is English.

We encourage students to engage in ethnomusicological performance through our World Music Ensembles. For these, we draw on local and international expertise (through our World Music Ensembles Artist-in-Residence program).

Students have access to the resources and activities of a major research university – the largest university in North America, with one of the top three research libraries. Students in Ethnomusicology may also take advantage of courses and faculty in other programme areas within the Faculty of Music, including Musicology, Music Theory, Music Education, Music & Health Sciences, and Music Technology.

The University of Toronto is a top-ranked institution of research and higher education with a vast array of departments and specialized centres in which ethnomusicology graduate students are encouraged to participate. Our faculty and students have regular interaction with the Departments of Anthropology, Religious Studies, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations; South Asian Studies, and the Centre for Transnational and Diaspora Studies. We are also involved in projects with the Jackman Humanities Institute and the Ethnography Lab.  

The University of Toronto is uniquely situated in the heart of one of the most culturally vibrant and diverse cities in the world. Our downtown campus is steps away from Canada’s media and financial hubs; the city’s downtown core; and a number of distinctive neighbourhoods including Kensington Market, Chinatown, Koreatown, and The Village. Faculty and students conduct fieldwork at local urban field sites in Toronto (such as our interdisciplinary research project in Kensington Market) as well as in many areas of the world.

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology 

Farzaneh Hemmasi. (Ph.D., Columbia University). Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology. Popular music and politics, transnationality, media, migration, celebrity studies, voice, Iran and the Middle East, dance musics, music and urban life, and North American popular music.

Jeff Packman. (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley). Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology, and Associate Dean of Graduate Education. Affiliated faculty with the Latin American Studies Program.  Brazilian music, popular music of the Americas, Afro-diasporic music and dance, music and technoculture, cultural politics, race, social class, and professional music making.

Joshua D. Pilzer. (Ph.D., University of Chicago). Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology. Affiliate faculty with the Centre for the Study of Korea. Sociomusicology, experimental ethnography, listening, music and everyday life, music and memory, violence, gender, marginalization, socialization, public culture and identity. Korean and Japanese musics; North American popular music.

Lyndsey Hoh Copeland. (Ph.D., Oxford). Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology. Music and sound; music-making practices in the Republic of Benin; music and climate change; music streaming services.

James Kippen. (Ph.D., Queen’s University of Belfast). Professor Emeritus, Ethnomusicology. South Asia, Hindustani music, drumming, rhythm & metre, history, historiography & repertoire, vernacular texts, colonialism and postcolonialism.

Affiliated Faculty

Robin Elliott. (Ph.D., University of Toronto). Professor, Musicology. Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music. Canadian music, music and migration, music and gender, biography.

Ken McLeod. (Ph.D., McGill.) Associate Professor, Musicology. Popular music, music, sport and mass culture.

Financial Support 

All Ph.D. students receive tuition waivers and fellowship support; teaching and research assistantships are available. All Master’s students receive partial funding, and many receive additional external funding. We have an excellent record of winning additional scholarships in support of international students.

Further Information 

The Graduate Department of Music, University of Toronto, 80 Queen's Park Crescent, Toronto ON M5S 2C5 Canada. Email: grad.music@utoronto.ca

Program Website 

Ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto: http://ethnomusicology.music.utoronto.ca/ 

The content for University of Toronto was last updated October 15, 2019.

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