Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology at Kent State University

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University invites applications to its M.A. in ethnomusicology. Our M.A. offers teaching assistantships with full tuition waivers and health insurance; individual mentorship; various ensembles including African, Thai, and Trinidadian steelpan; and a complete complement of coursework to prepare for the discipline. Graduate students have recently completed internships at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and entered Ph.D. programs on fully-funded scholarships at UCLA, Florida State University, and the University of Pittsburgh,

Our program collaborates regularly with the Dance Division and Pan-African Studies department. Students have traveled to Thailand to study various music traditions, and regularly present research at regional SEM chapters. Our ensembles have performed nationally at UCLA and in Chicago, and for international conferences including ISME in Scotland and CMS in Canada.

Ethnomusicology Faculty
Jennifer Johnstone: Cognitive Semiotics, sociohistorical aspects of music and cultural Identity, American immigrant history, Italian-American and Welsh communities, gender, popular music

Eve McPherson: Islam, Turkey, timbre, Middle East, Central Asia, voice studies

Kazadi wa Mukuna: Brazil, Central Africa, semiotics

Priwan Nanongkham: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Buddhist music, Westernization, modernization, traditional and neo-traditional music, music identity in Southeast Asia

Andrew Shahriari: Southeast-East Asia, Thailand, special needs-autism-Down syndrome, online education/distance learning, popular world music, rock music history, music and spirituality, music therapy

Janine Tiffe: West Africa, African diaspora, Caribbean, Trinidad, popular music, hip-hop, dance, race, gender, musical migration, identity, pedagogy, performance

For assistantship consideration: March 1

For further information, please visit and contact

Michael Chunn, Graduate Coordinator - mchunn -at-, 330-672-9234
Andrew Shahriari, Ethnomusicology Program Coordinator – ashahria -at-, 330-672-2830 

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