Ethnomusicology

  • David Aarons quote
  • 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. Interdisciplinary work, field study, and explorations of music and culture have been key components of the UW Ethnomusicology program since its beginnings in 1963. Students in the program study music and musicians in various contexts and through various disciplinary lenses.

Distinguished Faculty

Faculty in the program include internationally known authors and scholars with deep roots and connections to their specific areas of focus. Faculty research and interests are broad-ranging, but include expertise in African, Asian, Caribbean and Latin American musical cultures, among others.

Visiting Artists

UW Ethnomusicology’s visiting artist program has been a hallmark of the program for more than 50 years, bringing highly accomplished musicians to the university to work with students in applied music courses and public performances. Students study with artists from Afghanistan, China, India, Ireland, Korea, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Tanzania, and elsewhere. 

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.  Graduate students regularly present at academic conferences nationally and internationally and work closely with faculty mentors on field studies worldwide. 

Areas of Distinction

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. 

The program claims a wide interdisciplinary reach across university programs ranging from anthropology, history, and health sciences to dance, sociology and international studies, and intersects with School of Music programs in music history, theory, education, and performance.

Support

In addition to student support distributed by the University of Washington’s financial aid office, the School of Music distributes more than a half million dollars annually in merit- and need-based student support. Graduate teaching assistantships are competitive and are granted in all areas of study.  

HOW TO APPLY

For more information, contact SoMadmit@uw.edu