Lars A Christensen

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My research focuses on musical thought in Imperial China and its relationship to other fields of intellectual history. My dissertation critically examines the reform movement in ritual music during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) in relation to music theory discourse, mathematics, visual representations, and temporality. More broadly, I am interested in intersections of musical thought and understandings of the past across pre-modern Asia. I am also a performer of Javanese gamelan and numerous other kinds of music.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Music, University of Minnesota, in progress.
  • M.A. : Music, University of Minnesota, 2010.
  • B.M.: Music composition, University of Arizona, 1998.
  • B.A.: Mathematics, University of Arizona, 1998.


  • ethnomusicology
  • musicology
  • intellectual history
  • Imperial China
  • gamelan
Courses Taught
  • MUS 1804: World Music
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member, Society for Ethnomusicology: 2011 - present
  • Member, Association for Chinese Music Research: 2011 - present
  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota, 2013 - 2014
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 2012 - 2013
  • Critical Language Scholarship, US Department of State, 2011 - 2011