Music of India (photo by Eric Isaacs)
Students in Professor Scott Marcus' beginning sitar class (Music of India Ensemble)
The Ethnomusicology Program consists of core courses in three areas: Regional Studies, including the Middle East, South Asia, Eastern Europe, American folk and vernacular music, Japan, Indonesia, and Mexico; Issues - such as anthropology of music, globalization, cosmopolitanism, tourism, sound studies, and gender studies; and Methods - such as theories and methods in ethnomusicology, fieldwork, tuning & temperament, and maqam. The program has the following performance ensembles: Middle East Ensemble, Music of India Ensemble, Indonesian Gamelan Ensemble, Gospel Choir, and periodically, a Polish Ensemble, an Appalachian Ensemble, and an Afro-Brazilian Ensemble. 

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate - Bachelor of Arts (BA) with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology 

Learn more about the BA degree with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology in the Music Department, Undergraduate Program section of UCSB's General Catalog

Graduate - Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Learn more about the MA and the PhD Ethnomusicology degrees in the Music Department, Graduate Program section of UCSB's General Catalog.


Scott Marcus | Professor
Timothy J. Cooley | Professor
Ruth Hellier | Professor
David Novak | Associate Professor
Victor Bell | Continuing Lecturer
Richard North | Continuing Lecturer
Bahram Osqueezadeh | Lecturer
Susan Rudnicki | Lecturer

Graduate Students

Graduate Student Successes

The Ethnomusicology Program takes great pride in students who have won prestigious academic positions and fellowships.

Academic Positions held by Alumni

Kara Attrep | Bowling Green State University
James R. Carr | University of Kentucky
Sonja Downing | Lawrence University
Denise Gill | Washington University in St. Louis
Lillie Gordon | University of Tennessee Knoxville
Kenneth S. Habib | Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo   
Max Katz | College of William and Mary
Eve McPherson | Case Western Reserve University   
Katherine L. Meizel | Bowling Green State University
Jane Freeman Moulin | University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Gibb Schreffler | Pomona College

Graduate Student Fellowships and Awards

Sonja Downing | Fulbright Hays Fellowship and a Pacific Rim Fellowship for research in Bali
Eve McPherson | Fulbright Hays Fellowship for research in Turkey
Matt Dorman | Fulbright Fellowship for research in Finland
Katherine L. Meizel | Media, Religion and Culture Fellowship for research at University of Colorado, Boulder
Kara Attrep | Hagley Museum Dissertation Fellowship in Wilmington, Delaware
Max Katz | American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellowship for research in India
Gibb Schreffler | Fulbright Hays Fellowship for research in India
Denise Gill | Two-time Fulbright IIE for research in Turkey
Lillie Gordon | Fulbright Hays Fellowship for research in Egypt
Eric Ederer | Fulbright Hays Fellowship and ARCE Fellowship for research in Turkey
Phil Murphy | Fulbright IIE Graduate Fellowship and AIMS Fellowship for research in Morocco
Justin Scarimbolo | Fulbright Hays Fellowship for research in India

Alumni Publications

James R. Carr 
Thomas Greenland
Jazzing (University of Illinois Press, 2016)
Max Katz
Denise Gill 
Katherine Meizel