About the Ethnomusicology Area
The ethnomusicology area is dedicated to the proposition that all music cultures are worthy of academic study and research, which includes active participation in music making. Students are exposed to different musical systems and how they function in their cultural setting. Ethnomusicology faculty team with members of the Global Music Faculty Consortium to offer performance ensembles and classes on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Performance ensembles include the South Indian Cross-Cultural Ensemble, the Afro-Cuban/Brazilian Ensemble, and the gamelan. Although an undergraduate major is not offered, the division offers the MM in musicology with an emphasis in ethnomusicology. This rigorous plan of study prepares students for admission to outstanding doctoral programs in ethnomusicology at other institutions. The area offers the Master of Arts in Music with a Concentration in Ethnomusicology.
Graduate Admissions Note:
Incoming graduate students are advised to take Anthropology 5000 online the summer prior to their matriculation at UNT.
Music Education and Ethnomusicology PhD student José Torres presented a paper entitled "Musical Hybridity of 'Mariachi': Campanas de America" at SEM in Pittsburgh, Nov. 13-16, on the panel chaired by Dr. Cathy Ragland.
Dr. Steven Friedson gave the keynote address entitled “Being Musical, Becoming Ritual” for the Religion and Music Sound section at the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) national conference in Pittsburgh, November 13-16.
Dr. Cathy Ragland chaired a panel on "Transnational Spaces and Places of Mexican/Mexican American Music" at the SEM conference in Pittsburgh, Nov. 13-16, and presented a paper entitled: “Reclaiming ‘the Border’ in Texas-Mexican Conjunto Heritage and Cultural Memory." She also participated in a roundtable on "Applied Ethnomusicology: Research and Careers in the Field."
UNT Ethnomusicology graduate student Yuxin Mei will perform on pipa (Chinese four-string lute) along with accordionist Martina Li and Eddie Hsu on dizi (bamboo flute) – both doctoral students at UT-Austin – at the 13th annual International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, Saturday, September 13. Performing together for the first time as the Cross-Strait Trio (a reference to their Chinese and Taiwanese roots) the trio will present a medley of traditional Chinese music, Chinese folk and ethnic music, and Western favorites played classically.
Dr. Cathy Ragland, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, is the artistic director for the annual International Accordion Festival, a day-long free event held Saturday, September 13, 2014. It features accordion-based groups representing traditional, folk and popular music from around the world. For information about artists, performance schedule, panel discussions and workshops visit: http://www.internationalaccordionfestival.org/
May - June, 2014
Dr. Cathy Ragland was part of an 11-member Faculty Seminar Abroad delegation to Mexico, May 16-25, organized and funded by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice Provost for Faculty Success, and UNT-International. The delegation visited several top Mexican universities, the US Embassy, the National Archive and COMEXUS (Commission for Educational Exchange between the US and Mexico) on the heels of the just-announced agreement between President Obama and President Peña-Nieto (United States-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research) establishing new initiatives and funding opportunities for educational exchange.
March - April, 2014
Ethnomusicology student Yuxin Mei was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student in Ethnomusicology Award at the Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology Division Honors Day Convocation on April 30, 2014. Yuxin also presented her paper “The Houston Chinese Traditional Music Group: Negotiating Decades of Change in America” at the 2014 AMS/SMT South-central meeting in Austin, TX in March 2014. José R. Torres-Ramos, PhD student in music education & ethnomusicology, presented “The Mariachi Tradition in Nochistlán, Zacatecas” at the 2014 AMS/SMT South-central meeting held in Austin, TX in March 2014.
UNT College of Music Co-Sponsors Czech/Tex-Mex Accordion Show in San Antonio
"Music fans can still ring in the New Year with the sound of Czech and Tex-Mex accordions on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 7:00pm - 9:30pm at La Tuna Grill located at 100 Probandt Street in San Antonio. No cover, but donations will be graciously accepted to support the International Accordion Festival happening September 13&14, 2014. For one night only, Moravská Jedenáctka (the Moravian Eleven) an 11-member ensemble from the Czech Republic will go “mano a mano” with local Tex-Mex band Conjunto Puro Corazón. The Moravian Eleven are in Texas for a mini-tour of the state’s Czech strongholds (Houston, Dallas, Denton Ennis, West, Caldwell, La Grange) and they are making a special stop in San Antonio for a taste of Tex-Mex music, food and fun. The Moravian Eleven's blitz through Texas is sponsored by the Czech Educational Foundation of Texas and the University of North Texas, College of Music."
UNT graduate students in Musicology and Ethnomusicology presented papers at the annual Society for Ethnomusicology-Southern Plains regional chapter meeting at SMU in Dallas on Saturday, April 6. Presenters included: Kate Jewett-Williams, “Deep Ellum: Music’s Role in Changing Urban Spaces”; Adam La Spata, “A Canon Shot Heard ‘Round the World: Representation of World Music in Music Appreciation Textbooks”; and Andrea Recek, “Music as Ritual: Balinese Gamelan Gong Kebya."
Left: Members of the UNT Global Music Faculty Consortium not only study together; we also enjoy a good party as this photo of Master Drummer Professor Gideon Alorwoyie and Dr. John Chernoff, author of African Rhythm and African Sensibility, demonstrates. The long-time colleagues were reunited on April 18, 2009 at the division's Goat Barbeque, hosted by Steven Friedson, on the occasion of the meeting of the Southern Plains Chapter for Ethnomusicology that weekend. John Chernoff 's keynote address was followed by a performance of the African Percussion and Dance Ensemble.