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He completed a Ph D in Ethnomusicology at Harvard, with a secondary emphasis in Critical Media Practice.He also holds degrees in music composition (MFA, Brandeis) and Classics (Greek) and Slavic Literature (BA, Harvard).The Faculty also attracts exceptional Ph D candidates that pursue research in ethnomusicology and its intersection with other sub-disciplines such as popular music studies and historical musicology.Current Ph D students are working on a range of topics including: popular music, class and national identity in Manila; musical folklore and nostalgia during the Franco regime; and the intersection between music and Assyrian nationalism.In the 1940s, the eminent ethnomusicologist Laurence Picken (also biologist and zoologist) began his research in Chinese, then Turkish music.Picken attracted research students from all over the world, and by the 1970s, Cambridge had become an international centre for ethnomusicology.His media practice includes extensive non-fiction audio and video work.For over 10 years he has worked as the Assistant Curator of the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature and continues to do research on oral poetry, the history/theory of orality, and the voice.
There are also optional modules in the discipline that vary each year depending on staff research interests.
The Faculty library and central university library also boast a strong collection of books and journals, and commercial and field recordings in non-western traditions.
Among the Faculty’s collection of instruments is the Gamelan Dutå Laras.
Ethnomusicology is taught across all three years of the BA Music degree.
Some students choose to write dissertations based on original fieldwork, often supported by College and Faculty travel grants.
Ethnomusicology has become an important part of the degrees on offer at the Faculty of Music, and with the recent appointment of Dr Peter Mc Murray as a permanent lecturer, the discipline is set to grow in the coming years.