Ethnomusicology

  • Thione Diop - Annual Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Concert 2013
    Thione Diop - Annual Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Concert 2013
  • Christina Sunardi with the UW's new gamelan.
    Ethnomusicology assistant professor Christina Sunardi with the UW's new gamelan, which makes its Meany Theater debut on May 20..
  • Thione Diop - Annual Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Concert 2013
    Thione Diop - Annual Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Concert 2013
  • Gamelan close-up
    Detail of Gamelan
  • Sri­vani Jade - Annual Ethnomusicology Visiting Artists Concert 2013
    Sri­vani Jade - Annual Ethnomusicology Visiting Artists Concert 2013
  • Javanese Gamelan
    Javanese Gamelan
  • Faculty of UW Ethnomusicology
    Faculty of UW Ethnomusicology

Interdisciplinary work, field study, and explorations of music and culture have been hallmarks of the UW Ethnomusicology program since its beginnings in 1963.

Ethnomusicology encompasses studies of music and culture and integrates aspects of musicology and anthropology as well as music performance, history, and theory. Key to the field is interdisciplinary work, as music is examined in light of the theoretical constructs of dance, education, gender studies, geography, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as area studies courses (such as African, Latin American, Southeast Asian studies). Students in the program study music and musicians in various contexts and through various disciplinary lenses.

Visiting Artists

A hallmark of UW Ethnomusicology is its visiting artist program, which brings highly accomplished musicians to the university to work with students in applied music courses that often lead to public performances. Students study with artists from Afghanistan, India, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Tanzania and elsewhere in the world. 

Performance Opportunities

In addition to performance opportunities with visiting artists, UW Ethnomusicology students participate in a range of ensemble courses, including the UW Steelband, Zimbabwean Marimba Ensemble, Javanese Gamelan, and Gospel Choir.

Ethnomusicology Archives and Instrument Collection

The UW Ethnomusicology Archives hold unique audio- and video-collections of the world’s musical cultures.  The department also houses an instrument collection featuring high-quality instruments from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas.