Ph.D. Dissertations in Ethnomusicology

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Kebede, Ashenafi. The Music of Ethiopia: Its Development and Cultural Setting.


Pantaleoni, Hewitt. The Rhythm of Atsia Dance Drumming Among the Anlo (Eve) of Anyako.


Benary, Barbara Lynn. Within the Karnatic Tradition.

Higgins, Jon B. The Music of Bharata Natyam.

Isaku, Patia Myrel. An Introduction to Japanese Folk Song.

Maue, Kenneth Gregory. Encyclopedia.

Starks, George Leroy. Black Music in the Sea Islands of South Carolina: Its Cultural Context—Continuity and Change.


Berliner, Paul F. The Soul of Mbira: An Ethnography of the Mbira Among the Shona People of Rhodesia .

Carriuolo, Ralf E. Materials for the Study of Italian Folk Music.

Darkwa, Asante. The New Musical Traditions in Ghana.

Davis, Nathan Tate. Charlie Parker's Kansas City Environment and its Effect on his Later Life.

Gutzwiller, Andreas Benedikt. Shakuhachi: Aspects of History, Practice and Teaching.

Hartenberger, John Russell. Mrdangam Manual: A Guidebook to South Indian Rhythm for Western Musicians .

Jackson, Irene Viola. Afro-American Gospel Music and its Social Setting with Special Attention to Roberta Martin .

Ramanathan, Subrahmanya. Music in Cilappatikaaram.

Shankar, L. The Art of Violin Accompaniment in South Indian Classical Music .

Tewari, Laxmi Ganesh. Folk Music of India: Uttar Pradesh.

Whitney, Carol. Flamenco, Foreigners and Academia: A Study in Small Worlds.


Cole, William S. The Style of John Coltrane 1955-1967.

Kaloyanides, Michael GThe Music of Cretan Dances: A Study of the Musical Structures of Cretan Dance Forms as Perfomed in the Irakleion Province of Crete.

Murphy, Dennis Alan. The Autochthonous American Gamelan.

Read, Carolyn B. A Study of Yamada-Ryu Sokyoku and its Repertoire.

Song, Bang-Song. Komun’go Sanjo: An Analytical Study of a Style of Korean Folk Instrumental Music .

Tsuge, Gen’ichi. Avaz: A Study of the Rhythmic Aspects of Classical Iranian Music.

Viswanathan, Tanjore. Raga Alapana in South Indian Music.


Chen, Fu-Yen. Confucian Ceremonial Music in Taiwan with Comparative References to its Sources.

Garner, Edwin C. Mode: Three Modes of Shingi Shingon Shomyo as Analyzed by ECG.

Shepherd, Frances Ann. Tabla and the Benares Gharana.


Arthur, Appianda. Abisa Festival: A Ghanaian (Nzema) Music Institution .

Asiama, Simeon D. Abòfoò: A Study of Akan Hunters’ Music.

Denyer, FrankThe Rainbow Bridge: A Perception of the Images and Myths of Musical Creation .

Jarrett, Janice C. The Song of Lament: An Artistic Women’s Heritage.


Locke, David. The Music of Atsiagbeko.

MacLeod, Bruce Alan. Music for All Occasions: The Club Date Business of Metropolitan New York City.

Vega-Drouet, Hector. Historical and Ethnological Survey on Probable African Origins of the Puerto Rican Bomba: Including a Description of Santiago Apostol Festivities at Loíza Aldea .


Bandem, I Madé. Wayang Wong in Contemporary Bali.

Dea, Alexander. Bawa: A Javanese Solo Vocal Music.

Sorrell, Neil F. The North Indian Classical Sarangi: Its Technique and Role .

Thrasher, Alan RFoundations of Chinese Music: A Study of Ethics and Aesthetics .


Cho, Chae-son. Aspects of melodic Formation and Structural Analysis in Sujecheon.


Dargan, William Thomas. Congregational Gospel Songs in a Black Holiness Church: A Musical and Textual Analysis .

Reck, David Benedict. A Musician's Tool-Kit: A Study of Five Performances by Thirugokarnam Ramachandra Iyer .

Tang, Jianyuan. Shang Musical Instruments.

Wickwire, Wendy C. Cultures in Contact: Music, the Plateau Indian, and the Western Encounter.


Turkka S. A. K. A New Approach to Indian Musicological Methodology: An Ethnomusicological Perspective .


Cowdery, James R. Rethinking the Concept of the Tune Family.

Ross, Thomas Wynne. A Tune Beyond us, Yet Ourselves: On Transcultural Hearing.


Hartigan, Royal James. Blood Drum Spirit: Drum Languages of West Africa, African-America, Native America, Central Java, and South India.

Subramanian, Karaikudi Sambasivayer. South Indian Vina Tradition and Individual Style.


Condaris-Mannello, Christine. The Band Business in the United States between the Civil War and the Great Depression .

Waring, Dennis G. The Estey Reed Organ: Imagination, Music, and Material Culture in Nineteenth-Century America.


Labaree, Robert R. 'Finding' Troubadour Song: Melodic Variability and Melodic Idiom in Three Monophonic Traditions .

Sam, Sam-Ang. The Pin Peat Ensemble: Its History, Music and Context.

Swift, Gordon Nichols. The Violin as Cross-Cultural Vehicle: Ornamentation in South Indian Violin and its Influence On a Style of Western Violin Improvisation.


Brown, Leonard L. Some New England African American Musicians' Views on Jazz: An Ethnomusicological Study .

Herbst, Edward W. Voices, Energies and Perceptions in Balinese Performance.

Wenguang, Wu. Wu Jinglue's Qin Music in its Context.

Wolf, Daniel James. Static Harmony: Elemental, Contextual and Internal State Approaches to Pitch Structures in Late Twentieth Century Music.


Nelson, David Paul. Mrdangam Mind: The Taniavartanam in Karnatak Music .

Wolberger, Lionel A. Music of Holy Argument: The Ethnomusicology of Talmudic Debate .


Allen, Matthew Harp. The Tamil Padam: A Dance Music Genre of South India.

Cormack, Josepha Anne. Svara Kalpana: Melodic/Rhythmic Improvisation in Karnatak Music

Modirzadeh, Hafez. Chromodality and the Cross-Cultural Exchange of Musical Structure.


Austerlitz, Paul. Dominican Merengue in Regional, National, and International Perspectives.

Kelsey, John Russell. The Music of the Irumu People, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea.

Schloss, Myrna Frances. Out of the Twentieth Century: Three Composers, Three Musics, One Feminity.

Skiba, Norman. Creation, Form, and Tradition: A Cybernetic Study of North Indian Tabla Drumming .


Hast, Dorothea E. Music, Dance, and Community: Contra Dance in New England.

Perlman, Marc. Unplayed Melodies: Music Theory in Postcolonial Java.

Pillay, Jayendran. Music, Ritual, and Identity among Hindu South Africans.

Stubbs, Frederick W. The Art and Science of Taksim: An Empirical Analysis of Traditional Improvisation from 20th Century Istanbul.

Zheng, Su de San. Immigrant Music and Transnational Discourse: Chinese American Music Culture in New York City .


Webb, Michael Hugh. "Pipal Bilong Music Tru" / "A Truly Musical People": Musical Culture, Colonialism, and Identity in Northeastern New Britain, Papua New Guinea, after 1875.

Yih, Yuen-Ming David. Music and Dance of Haitian Vodou: Diversity and Unity in Regional Repertoires .


Vélez, María Teresa. The Trade of an Afro-Cuban Religious Drummer: Felipe García Villamil .


Hahn, Tomie. Sensational Knowledge: Transmitting Japanese Dance and Music.

Mokkapati, Vijayasree. Modal Action: an Indo-European Perspective in Gregorian Chant.

Scott, Stanley ArnoldPower and Delight: Vocal Training in North Indian Classical Music.


Lausevic, Mirjana. A Different Village: International Folk Dance and Balkan Music and Dance in the United States .

Sherinian, Zoe Carey. The Indigenization of Tamil Christian Music: Folk Music as a Liberative Transmission System .


Gunderson, Frank D. Musical Labor Associations in Sukumaland, Tanzania: History and Practice.

Rasmussen, Ljerka Vidic. The Newly-Composed Folk Music of Yugoslavia (1945-1992) .


Galinsky, Philip Andrew. "Maracatu Atômico": Tradition, Modernity, and Postmodernity in the Mangue Movement and "New Music Scene" of Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.

Heffley, MikeNorthern Sun, Southern Moon: Identity, Improvisation, and Idiom in Freie Musik Produktion.


Hwang, OkonWestern Art Music in Korea: Everyday Experience and Cultural Critique.

Rumbolz, Robert Charles. "A Vessel for Many Things": Brass Bands in Ghana.

Veal, Michael EEcho: Dub Music and the Acoustics of Diaspora.

Yu, Hui. Political Economy of Music in China: The Impact of Danwei System on Luju.


Mendonca, Maria. Javanese Gamelan in Britain: Communitas, affinity and Other Stories.


Berkman, Franya.   Divine Songs: The Music of Alice Coltrane

Galm, Eric A.   Beyond the Roda: The Berimbau de Barriga in Brazilian Music and Culture

Netsky, Hankus   Klezmer in 20th Century Philadelphia


Catra, I Nyoman   Penasar: A Central Mediator in Balinese Dance Drama/Theater

Lancefield, Robert   Charles Hearing orientality in (white) America, 1900-1930

McGraw, Andrew Clay  Musik Kontemporer: Experimental Music by Balinese Composers


Hadley, Peter Duncan   The Didjeridu Dispersion: The Transmission and Transformation of a Hollow Log


Ferrigno, Emily Daus   Technologies of Emotion: Creating and Performing Drum 'N' Bass

Poplawska, Marzanna   Inculturation and Christian Music in Indonesia

Wu, Chao-Jung   Performing Postmodern Taiwan: Gender, Cultural Hybridity, and the Male Crossdressing Show


Dewar, Andrew Raffo.   Handmade Sounds: The Sonic Arts Union and American Technoculture

Hurie Ranvig, Harriotte Cook,   Taking It To The Third Level: A Model for Identifying Aspects of Personal Style In The Khayal Genre

Strand, Julie Lynn.   The Sambla Xylophone: Tradition and Identity in Burkina Faso


Cambria, Vincenzo  Music and Violence in Rio de Janeiro: A Participatory Study in Urban Ethnomusicology

Eagleson, Ian M.  From Thum to Benga International: Continuity and Change in the Music of the Luo of Kenya, 1950-2010

Ingram, Amelia  Parang in Perspective: Spanish Creole Culture and Nationalism in Trinidad

Oba, Junko  Performing Japaneseness in a Time of Postnational Transition


Arevalo Mateus, Jorge  Somos Colombianos en Nueva York/ We Are Columbians in New York: An Ethnography of a Colombian Musicians Community, 1995-2010

Field, Garrett,  Music for the Majority: Sinhala Song and the 1956 Cultural Revolution of Sri Lanka

Stele, Peter M.  Balinese Hybridities: Balinese Music as Global Phenomena


Scherbenske, Amanda, Multiplicity and Belonging among New York City Improvisor-Composers, 2000-2011


Eriksen, Timothy, Old Folks' Concerts: The Meaning and Mushrooming of an Antiquarian Music Craze, 1853-1856

Kim, Hae Joo, Hearing the Korean Global: Hallyu in the Music of K-dramas

Malik, Muhammad Usman, Global Cultural Flows and the Post-9/11 Secularization of Sufi Music of Pakistan

Miller, Christopher J., Cosmopolitan, Nativist, Eclectic: Cultural Dynamics in Indonesian Musik Kontemporer


Lueck, Ellen, Sacred Harp Singing in Europe: Its Pathways, Spaces, and Meanings

Senungetuk, Heidi Aklaseaq, Creating a Native Space in the City: An Inupiaq Community in Song and Dance

Wiebe, Dustin Dennis Odell, Contextual Church Reform in Bali and the Secularization of "Sacred" Music and Dance: Forging Protestant/Hindu Music Networks in an Age of Mass Tourism


Colwell, Andrew Hamilton, Sounding Original: Nature, Indigeneity, and Globalization in Mongolia (and Southern Germany)

Dankwa, John Wesley, When the Gyil Speaks: Music, Emotions, and Performance in Dagaaba Rituals

Ishiguro, Maho A., Localization of Islam and its Engagement with Women's Practice of Acehnese Dance and Music in Three Indonesioan Citites

Sonderegger, Sean Alexander, New World, New Music: Creative Music Communities in New Haven and Woodstock in the 1970's and Their Legacies


Terwilliger, Andrew The Sonic Construction of Identity in Taipei's Kuajie (Crossover) Music Scene