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The musicology/ethnomusicology program reflects the diverse interests and methodological approaches of the faculty, including historical criticism and analysis, archival research, editing, source studies, performance issues and gender studies. The major historical periods are well represented with particular strengths in sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, late eighteenth century, late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Overall, the faculty is unified by its interdisciplinary approach to the study of music in cultural and social contexts.

The musicology/ethnomusicology division supports all levels of study and degree programs offered at the School of Music. The bachelor of arts with academic emphasis allows students the opportunity to discover and delve into research areas not commonly available at the undergraduate level. The master's degree is tailored to a student's interests and career goals. The doctoral degree is oriented toward preparing students for scholarly research and teaching, aiming for breadth and depth in one specialized area.


Musicology/Ethnomusicology Faculty

Gabriela Currie
David Grayson
Kelley Harness
S. Timothy Maloney
Peter Mercer-Taylor
Karen Painter
Matt Rahaim


In addition to supporting all degree programs at the School of Music, our musicology and ethnomusicology program offers degrees in the following areas:

  • BA academic emphasis
  • MA in musicology/ethnomusicology
  • PhD in musicology/ethnomusicology

Faculty in Other Departments with Musicological and Ethnomusicological Research Interests

Department of American Studies

  • Elliott Powell (Ph.D., New York University). Hip-hop, sampling, Afro-South Asian musical intersections, world music, queer theory.

Department of Anthropology​

  • William Beeman (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1976). Classical Persian music, Islam, performance theory, ethnography of opera, the voice, emotion, silence.
  • Gloria Raheja (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1985).The blues, music in Appalachia, labor, memory, cultural production in India.

Department of Communication Studies 

  • Mark Pedelty (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1993). Music of Mexico, ecomusicology, ritual studies.

Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

  • Michael Gallope (Ph.D., New York University). African Diaspora, improvisation, music and sound studies, continental philosophy, critical theory, visual culture, theories of modernism.
  • Richard Leppert (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1973). Critical theory of music, post-structuralist sociology of popular and high culture, Theodoro Adorno, discourse theory.

    Department of Geography

    • Arun Saldanha (Ph.D., Open University, 2004). Rave culture, music in the city, race, tourism, globalization.

    Department of Theater Arts and Dance​

    • Ananya Chatterjea (Ph.D., Temple University). Odissi Dance, the bodily production of knowledge, street theater, cultural politics of dance, dance historiographies.
    • Diyah Larasati (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2006).  Javanese dance, dance and citizenship, identity, tourism, corporeality in war zones.