We offer a variety of courses in Ethnomusicology, which serve both as an introduction to the field and to ethnic music and culture. Graduate students studying Musicology, Music Theory, and Composition are encouraged to attend these courses.


Music of Cuba concentrates on Cuba's folklore, and popular and religious music. This course also examines music from Spain, Europe, and West Africa in order to understand Cuban music. We survey the profound and far-reaching influence that Cuba has had on popular music around the world.

Music of Africa and the Diaspora will observe and attempt to understand, in context, the numerous and complex differences between the Eurological versus Afrological views of the universe. This course will also study Africa's folklore, and traditional, popular, and religious music.


Music and Text, Music as Text integrates the areas of ethnomusicology, religious studies, and music analysis. The role of orality, aurality, and text and notation will also be studied in its historical development. Transcription is a main part of the course, allowing students to study both traditions of chant as well as the possibilities of notation.

Folk Music and Nationalism in 20th Century Eastern Europe will look at the changing musical landscape of Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century from an ethnomusicological perspective. Beginning with a general study of Eastern European folk music, we will shed light on the complicated relationship between this period's folk music and art music.


Dániel Péter Biró
MFA (Musik. Wurzburg), MFA (Musik. Frankfurt), Ph.D. (Princeton)
Associate Professor

W. Andrew Schloss
B.A. (Bennington Coll.), Ph.D. (Stanford)

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