The ethnomusicology program consists of core courses in three areas: Regional Studies, including the Middle East, South Asia, Eastern Europe, American folk and vernacular music, Japan, Indonesia, and Mexico; Issues - such as anthropology of music, globalization, cosmopolitanism, tourism, sound studies, and gender studies; and Methods - such as theories and methods in ethnomusicology, fieldwork, tuning & temperament, and maqam. The program has the following performance ensembles: Middle East Ensemble, Music of India Ensemble, Indonesian Gamelan, Afro-Brazilian Ensemble, Gospel Choir, and periodically, a Polish Ensemble, and an Appalachian Ensemble. 

Degrees Offered


Professor and Department Chair
Associate Professor
Associate Professor

Graduate Students

Graduate Student Successes

The Ethnomusicology Program takes great pride in students who have won prestigious academic positions and fellowships.

Academic Positions held by Alumni

Kara Attrep, Bowling Green State University
James R. Carr, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Sonja Downing, Lawrence University
Denise Gill, Washington University in St. Louis
Lillie Gordon, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Kenneth S. Habib, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo   
Max Katz, College of William and Mary
Eve McPherson, Case Western Reserve University   
Katherine L. Meizel, Bowling Green State University
Jane Freeman Moulin, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Gibb Schreffler, Pomona College

Graduate Student Fellowships and Awards

Sonja Downing - Fulbright Hays Fellowship and a Pacific Rim Fellowship for research in Bali.
Eve McPherson - Fulbright Hays Fellowship for research in Turkey.
Matt Dorman - Fulbright Fellowship for research in Finland.
Katherine L. Meizel - Media, Religion and Culture Fellowship for research at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Kara Attrep - Hagley Museum Dissertation Fellowship in Wilmington, Delaware.
Max Katz - American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellowship for research in India.
Gibb Schreffler - Fulbright Hays Fellowship for research in India.
Denise Gill - two-time Fulbright IIE for research in Turkey.
Lillie Gordon - Fulbright Hays Fellowship for research in Egypt.
Eric Ederer - Fulbright Hays Fellowship and ARCE Fellowship for research in Turkey.
Phil Murphy - Fulbright IIE Graduate Fellowship and AIMS Fellowship for research in Morocco.
Justin Scarimbolo - Fulbright Hays Fellowship for research in India.

Alumni Publications

James R. Carr - Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels (University of Illinois Press, 2014)