The Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (CCE)

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Territorial Acknowledgement and Call to Action

Overview of the CCE

Weekly CCE meetings for 2023 - 2024: Sound Studies Institute (Old Arts room 3-47), Wednesdays noon to 1pm. Feel free to bring your lunch. We have tea and snacks. Please check the map and join our email list (links are below).

Click to join:

MAP of key CCE-relevant locations on campus

Please consider a donation to our musical campaign to improve maternal health in rural Ethiopia using radio!
(working in partnership with Farm Radio International and Maternity Today

NB: The Former wiki -- including ethnomusicology course syllabi -- is archived here). Please consult for any broken links below. For various technical reasons it was impossible to transfer the hundreds of pages to the new wiki.

Michael Frishkopf, Director
Julia Byl, Associate Director (& Acting Director, 2020-21)

Off campus mental health resources

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: We hold a weekly meeting, Wednesdays at noon, including talks, jams, films, etc.. There are also occasional concerts, talks, and workshops. Please join us! (click here to see our calendar). NOTE: We will likely resume in-person meetings in fall 2021; please join our email list and stay tuned!

Other useful links:



The primary mission of the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (CCE), founded in 1992 by Professor Regula Qureshi, is to facilitate multicultural musical sound for the public good, through multiple ethnomusicological activities worldwide: musical archiving, performance, research, teaching, and community engaged outreach - all contributing towards human development: improving the world through music, building and sustaining community through expressive sound.  Here "music" is defined as broadly as possible, to denote "humanly meaningful sound, transcending mere information, along with associated behaviors, discourses, social organizations, meanings, and materialities."

Thus "music" includes music, but also chant or speech, as well as associated rituals, performances, gatherings, movements, texts, musical instruments, concepts and theories, and all talk about music. (Dance and poetry are a kind of "music" using this broad definition, as are ritual chants and musical aesthetics; in fact "ethnomusicology" itself is a kind of music, leading to "metaethnomusicology": the ethnomusicology of ethnomusicology itself!)

CCE activities go beyond the ordinary duties of faculty and students (to teach, learn, research), by working collaboratively, outside the usual scope of university practices, to address (directly or indirectly) the larger social issues of our times.

At the hub of the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (CCE), housed under the Department of Music and University of Alberta Museums, is a world music archive (both digital and physical) serving as a research and teaching resource for musical and cultural traditions, locally and internationally.

Revolving around this hub is a range of research, teaching, performance, and outreach projects, including Music for Global Human Development (, K-12 education, world music ensembles, the Edmonton Transcultural Orchestra, and the recently-founded covid-19 era TranceCultural Orchestra (see, both demonstrating the ways music can transcend putative cultural borders to create and maintain affective human connections.

CCE connects to a broad spectrum of academic disciplines across the Faculty of Arts, but extending also to Education and the health sciences, through the initiative entitled Songs for Sustainable Peace and Development, which has resulted in ongoing global health projects in Liberia, Ghana, and Ethiopia. CCE projects may result in printed texts (books and articles), exhibitions, conferences, symposia, concerts and workshops, or in a variety of media, including audio, video, websites, and virtual reality models.

The archival collection includes diverse instruments and more than 4000 titles in audio/video recordings. World music groups include the Indian Music Ensemble, West African Music Ensemble, and Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble, all functioning as teaching centers as well as providing outreach to local Edmonton events. We also run a Summer Study Abroad Program in Ghana, and a weekly noon series of lectures, activities, and workshops, every Wednesday noon - 1 pm in 3-47 Old Arts. The Centre helps students, staff, faculty and the general public at large to understand how people use music to connect, express, and create community and identity, and helps to effect positive change through such activities. Working locally, nationally, and globally, the CCE is of value to students and faculty in the social sciences, humanities, education, and fine arts.

The CCE team is ever changing - each project may have a different set of participants, including faculty, staff, and students at the UofA, and others in a range of communities from Edmonton, to Alberta, to Canada, and beyond. Many volunteer. When funding is available, we often employ students and others to work on these projects as Research Assistants. We hold a weekly series of meetings in 3-47 Old Arts, each Wednesday from noon to 1 pm. These meetings range in formality, from discussions to lecture presentations or workshop performances, sometimes involving out of town guests, and sometimes students and faculty at the UofA. Please join our mailing list (see below) to be kept abreast of the schedule.

This wiki site provides information about CCE as well as ethnomusicology programs at the University of Alberta, and information relevant to ethnomusicologists anywhere.

Note: this wiki is new & improved but incomplete. completion requires copying huge amounts of data from the old wiki... by hand. if you find broken links locate them on the old wiki: and email me to request copying to here. in this way I will prioritize copying what is needed most.

MAP of key CCE locations on campus

CCE communications happen via our cce-people email list; please click to add yourself to this list and receive news and updates about CCE!




  • Director, and Museums and Collections Curator: Michael Frishkopf
  • Associate Director: Julia Byl
  • Other staff: Momo He and Corbin Cammidge (graduate student assistants)


The CCE is a proud partner in the Cultures of Sound Network

Physical spaces

The CCE occupies the following physical spaces in the Old Arts building on the UofA Campus:

  • Administrative office: 347F
  • Basement archive (compactor units and other shelving): Room 130
  • Basement lab: Room 130B
  • Basement storage closet: Room 130C

CCE Affiliations and Partnerships

CCE is working, has worked, or is planning to work with the following organizations:

CCE projects and activities

Ethnomusicology and World Music courses

Click here for course listings, past and present.

World Music Ensembles

Programs and advising for (prospective or actual) ethnomusicology students

quick link:

The Department of Music and Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology support five academic degree programs within which a specialization in ethnomusicology and world music is possible:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), major or minor in music
  • BA Honours in music
  • Embedded Certificate in World Sound Arts (can be added to any bachelor degree program across the University)
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus), world music route [currently suspended due to low enrollments]
  • MA in Music, with concentration in ethnomusicology
  • PhD in Music, with concentration in ethnomusicology

For prospective students

Department of Music application information

Please see the following sections also to learn about our programs.

For current students

Student Resources - General resources for everyone, including support for writing and health

Undergraduate programs relevant to ethnomusicology


Courses in Music

Graduate programs relevant to ethnomusicology

Note that graduate students begin with an interim advisor who serves to provide general mentorship and guidance on course and research related matters. By the end of the first year the program supervisor (or advisor, for the MA course-based route) must be selected, along with the supervisory committee (comprising two additional faculty members) for doctoral students.

See the FGSR graduate program manual for more details on supervision.

See the official Calendar listing for graduate programs in Music

(The Music grad program manual is out of date but should be revised soon.)

Helpful links:




Additional program requirements:


Other useful links

General resources

Calendar pages:


(NB: consult the Former wiki for any broken links below.



CCE Research




Visiting guest lecturers and artists

(a very partial listing!)

  • Khadijah, Saudi dancer, April 2024
  • George Sawa, scholar of medieval Arabic music and master zither (qanun) player, March 2015
  • Hossam Ramzy, master Egyptian drummer, 2014
  • George Kyrillos, Coptic singer and arranger and scholar of Coptic chant, from Egypt, 2014
  • Shaykh Mohamed el Helbawy, religious chanter from Egypt, 2005
  • Kwasi Dunyo, master drummer from Ghana, 2002

Ideas & suggestions

Talks, lectures, presentations, and other courses

(NB: The Former wiki -- including ethnomusicology course syllabi -- is archived here). Please consult for any broken links below.

Introducing maqamat and the concept "maqam"

Video as community activism in ethnomusicology

Music and Islam talk

Arab music talk

Arab poetry talk

Postcolonial Arab novel

Cultural Representations of Post-Coloniality

Introduction to Middle Eastern and African Studies

Arab cinema

Arabic 211

On Sufism

Musical acoustics

DiscoverE program, summer 2011

Bamboo Shield program, Dec 15 2011

The data of ethnomusicological research: Recent developments and challenges, by Sean Luyk

Resources in Ethnomusicology, by Sean Luyk

Resources for ethnomusicological research

Short URL for this section:

General Resources

Library's Music research guide and Anthropology research guide

Library's other research guides

Resources in Ethnomusicology, by Sean Luyk

Sean Luyk's excellent presentation, Resources in Ethnomusicology

Oxford bibliographies

Sources for the history of ethnomusicology

Student compilations of Sources for Ethnomusicology (an ongoing Music 665 project)

Doing research in a pandemic

Digital humanities resources for Music (via Rutgers)]

New! Online world music textbook

Research proposals for ethnomusicology at the University of Alberta, a template (memorable link:

A framework for musical analysis

Research proposals in ethnomusicology

Sources for Ethnomusicology

General (mainly) full text resources

Reference works and resources for Ethnomusicology

Short URL for this section:

General databases and indices


Reference works online...


World Music Archives...








Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies


For chaining references (relations of "citing", "cited by") see:

  • Web of Science
  • Jstor
  • Google Scholar

Very Short Introductions

This wonderful series from Oxford is now online! And we subscribe to many of the titles (on Ethnomusicology, World Music, Folk Music, and other related topics)

Click here to browse.

Article databases

Note: always check the Library's list of electronic journals first - sometimes a journal's not in jstor, but we may have a subscription through another database.

  • Jstor: best general collection of articles in humanities and social sciences
  • Web of Science: best for tracing a citation network forwards in time (what cited that book or article? find out here!)

Audio databases, sites

(also see Archives, above)

Film and video collections

Other specialized websites


Historic 19th century maps

Map collection at Columbia University

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection University of Texas, Austin


World Music Programs & Blogs

Jean Jenkins on BBC

M4GHD resources

Development (general)


Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) organizations

Especially relevant to in West Africa...



Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council -

WASH United -

Theory and history of theory - useful links

Digital archiving and repositories

  • ERA



  • Faculty: FAB 3-104
  • Grad students: FAB 3-146A (next to Student Services)


Wikia listing SEM listing (for SEM members only - must log in)




Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.

Getting started

Emergency contact information

University of Alberta Museums (UAM) First Responders.

In an emergency-related issue impacting the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology, first follow your Department-issued emergency protocols. Once the emergency is controlled, contact a University of Alberta Museums First Responder for the following: Advice on assessing the impact to UAM registered collections; Advice on developing a salvage plan and implementation; Single point of contact or MarComm, Risk Management, Insurance, and Incident Commander, if necessary. University of Alberta Museums First Responders are: Alyssa Becker-Burns: 780-722-8483 Frannie Blondheim: 780-934-2849 Jennifer Bowser: 780-938-9601 Jill Horbay: 587-920-4292