The Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (CCE)
WELCOME TO THE CANADIAN CENTRE FOR ETHNOMUSICOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA!
New URL: http://CCE.UALBERTA.CA
(Former wiki -- including ethnomusicology course syllabi -- is archived here). Please consult for any broken links below.
- KOREAN MUSIC WORKSHOP. Intercultural Improvisation Workshop: Korean Shaman Ritual Sinawi Improvisation. This workshop, led by Korean piri master Gamin and members of her Korean ensemble in residence at the University of Alberta, will talk about Korean Shaman ‘Sinawi’ ritual music and teach Korean scales, melodies and rhythms from which participants will learn to improvise in the sinawi tradition. The workshop will also talk about using improvisation in the context of intercultural collaboration. Friday Nov 24, 10 am - 12 pm, Fine Arts Building 1-23. Please bring an instrument, or just come to listen!
- World Music Concert for International Week - Jan 31, 2018. 7 pm, Convocation Hall.
Other useful links:
- 1 Overview
- 2 CCE projects and activities
- 2.1 Online virtual museums co-produced by the CCE
- 2.2 Major outreach and development projects spearheaded by the CCE (completed and in-progress)
- 2.3 Research and archiving projects
- 2.4 Educational projects
- 2.5 CD productions
- 2.6 Virtual reality displays
- 2.7 Recent concerts include
- 2.8 Recent and upcoming workshops include
- 2.9 Conferences (upcoming and recent)
- 2.10 Archive
- 2.11 Media
- 3 CCE Affiliations and Partnerships
- 4 Courses in the Department of Music
- 5 Ethnomusicology courses
- 5.1 Mandatory ethics training for graduate students
- 5.2 Summer programs
- 5.3 Winter 2018
- 5.4 Fall 2017
- 5.5 Fall 2016
- 5.6 Winter 2016
- 5.7 Fall 2015
- 5.8 Fall 2014
- 5.9 Winter 2014
- 5.10 Fall 2013
- 5.11 Winter 2013
- 5.12 Fall 2012
- 5.13 Winter 2012
- 5.14 Fall 2011
- 5.15 Winter 2011
- 5.16 Fall 2010
- 5.17 Winter 2010
- 5.18 Fall 2009
- 5.19 Winter 2009
- 5.20 Fall 2008
- 5.21 Winter 2008
- 5.22 Fall 2007
- 5.23 Winter 2007
- 5.24 Fall 2006
- 5.25 Winter 2006
- 6 World Music Ensembles
- 7 Programs and advising for (prospective or actual) ethnomusicology students
- 8 Projects
- 9 Documentation
- 10 Links
- 11 Research
- 12 Events
- 13 Talks, presentations, and other courses
- 14 Resources for ethnomusicological research
- 14.1 Reference works for Ethnomusicology
- 14.2 Article databases
- 14.3 Audio databases, sites
- 14.4 Film and video collections
- 14.5 Funding
- 14.6 World Music Blogs
- 14.7 M4GHD resources
- 14.8 Theory and history of theory - useful links
- 14.9 Digital archiving and repositories
- 15 Directions
- 16 Employment
- 17 Other
- 18 Help
CCE's primary mission is to work towards musical sound for the public good, including five primary ethnomusicological activities: archiving, dissemination, research, teaching, and outreach - with a focus on human development: improving the world through music. Here "music" is defined as broadly as possible, to denote "humanly meaningful sound, along with its associated behaviors, 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 community outreach projects, including the Music for Global Human Development project (m4ghd.org), K-12 education, and world music ensembles. 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: http://bit.ly/fwawiki and email me to request copying to here. in this way I will prioritize copying what is needed most.
CCE communications happen via our cce-people email list; please click to add yourself to this list and receive news and updates about CCE!
CCE projects and activities
Online virtual museums co-produced by the CCE
Both were funded by Heritage Canada, with support from folkwaysAlive:
- Virtual Museum of Canadian Traditional Music (VMCTM) (http://bit.ly/vmctm). PI: Michael Frishkopf
- South Asian Music and Culture in Canada (SAMCC) (http://bit.ly/samcc). PI: Regula Qureshi
Major outreach and development projects spearheaded by the CCE (completed and in-progress)
Two principal initiatives:
- Edmonton Transcultural Orchestra, a university-community group
- Music for Global Human Development
The new Edmonton Transcultural Orchestra (ETO) seeks musical bridges across the artificial "cultural" divides between people. "Culture" has no plural! The world is not comprised of a discrete set of autonomous "cultures"; rather culture flows among all of us, its only boundaries being humanity itself. "Culture" is is shared but doesn't define hermetic groups; each of us carries a unique cultural mix linking to myriad others.
The ETO demonstrates the linkages among all humanity in two ways: (1) socially, in the group itself, which is diverse: university students, staff, and faculty; community, and (2) musically, by highlighting the flow of music through people.
Check out a recent performance on Instagram (City Hall, Nov 10).
Music for Global Human Development, comprising two main branches:
especially the following:
- Aswan Music Project (AMP), in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative in partnership with Aga Khan Foundation Egypt, and Om Habibeh Foundation (Aswan, Egypt). See pilot video, and map of project locations.
- Giving Voice to Hope: Songs of Liberian Refugees.
- Singing and Dancing for Health in Northern Ghana, funded by Killam Foundation, with grants also from Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Centre for Health and Culture, Faculty of Arts, folkwaysAlive!, Department of Music, and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA/DFATD, now GAC).
- Kinka: Traditional Songs from Avenorpedo (Songs for Cultural Continuity in Ghana's Volta Region), funded by the Department of Music's President's Fund.
- Giving Voice to Health: Sanitation (Liberia), funded by Calgary Rotary Club
- Music for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, funded by Global Affairs Canada development (ex-CIDA), through a Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry grant in collaboration with St. Paul's hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (see http://bit.ly/musmnch)
Research and archiving projects
These research projects are geared towards the CCE's mission to archive and disseminate the sounds of the world, making them available for educational, scientific, and aesthetic use.
- Deep Learning for Sound Recognition (DLSR): applying machine learning techniques to recognize features in musical, linguistic, biological, and other recordings. In collaboration with the Department of Computing Science, and faculty participation also from MLCS, Linguistics, Biology.
- Sounds of Islam: a digital repository comprising field recordings from the world of Islam. A partnership involving Music, Arts Resource Centre, and the Library's Digital Initiatives; funded by KIAS.
CCE's educational projects go beyond the regular UofA curriculum to connect with communities, locally and globally...
- Summer program in Ghana (new for 2017 in collaboration with the University for Development Studies; here's a map of projected locations where students will engage development issues through the expressive arts, including participation in Singing and Dancing for Health.
- Community Service Learning course in collaboration with Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
- School and daycare outreach program (occasional, and by request)
Virtual reality displays
Recent concerts include
- Nagham al-Ams (Melodies of Yesterday): Songs from Aleppo (Oct 14, 2016), part of the Music for Global Human Development symposium, featuring music and musicians from Syria.
- Music for a Better World (Jan 30, 2016), for International Week 2016, "For a better world: the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals", presented with the Medical Students Association and the Students International Health Association (SIHA), and featuring a wide range of artists with simultaneous slide show; the concert served also as a benefit for Syrian refugees in Edmonton, in collaboration with the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers.
- MENAME Concert featuring distinguished guest George Sawa (March 2015)
- MENAME Concert featuring distinguished guests Hossam Ramzy, Emile el-Bassili, and al-Gamal al-Kurdi (November 2014)
Recent and upcoming workshops include
- Persian music with Mehdi Rezania (Oct 26, 2016)
- Indian music with sarod master Rajeev Taranath (Oct 22, 2016)
- George Sawa, qanun (spring 2015)
- Hossam Ramzy, Egyptian percussion (fall 2014)
Conferences (upcoming and recent)
- Heavenly Acts III: Faith, Performance and the Expressive Arts - An International Symposium, Nov 25-26, 2016, and including two concerts. Funded by the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council.
- Music for Global Human Development, a SSHRC-sponsored seminar and concert, October 14, 2016
- Exhibiting Sound (2015), a three-day international symposium, including keynote speakers, and exhibitions/concerts, sponsored by SSHRC.
- I am a Bird from Heaven's Garden (in collaboration with the Aga Khan Development Network and the Office of the Provost, University of Alberta, with conference funding from SSHRC. (2013) video
- Sounds and Spaces of Muslim Piety, in collaboration with the Association for the Study of Ginans, and the Office of the Provost (2011)
- Recordings: Our extensive media holdings include field recordings and commercial recordings representing music of South Asia, Middle East, Africa, and North America, including Sufi music collections, Northern Alberta Fiddle Collection, and a large Jazz collection. Some of these collections are available online via projects listed above, e.g. http://bit.ly/vmctm
- Musical instruments. A portion of our collection is on display in 3-32 and 3-47 Old Arts; a larger collection is stored in our archive.
Browse some of our collections via our two virtual museums (see above); a few images have also been published on the Edmonton Journal website
Recent news stories:
- Everything is Sound (by Geoff McMaster, May 2, 2017)
- Aswan Music Project (by Ati Metwally, June 1, 2017)
CCE Affiliations and Partnerships
CCE is working, has worked, or is planning to work with the following organizations:
- Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (member organization)
- Edmonton Interfaith
- Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, including CSL experiential learning, fundraisers, and more; recent performances have been devoted to enhancing connections to Edmonton's Syrian refugee population.
- Multicultural Health Brokers
- Community Refugee Committee of St. Albert (CRCSA) in partnership with St. Albert United Church
- Aga Khan Development Network (Aga Khan Music Initiative, Aga Khan Foundation, Egypt), centered on the new Islamic Garden at the Devonian Botanical Garden, and music for civil society in Aswan, Egypt.
- Sound Studies Initiative (the former FolkwaysAlive!), on a range of projects and activities (CCE and the former folkwaysAlive were at one time a single organization).
- Arab Music Archiving and Research (AMAR)
- Makan (Egyptian Center for Cultural and Art) (Digital repository partnership with Library's Digital Initiatives and Sounds of Islam, to enable storage and access of an extensive Egyptian collection; NB: Frishkopf serves as advisory board member)
- El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music (Digital repository partnership with Library's Digital Initiatives and Sounds of Islam)
- Youth Home Cultural Group (development and digital repository partner)
Mandatory ethics training for graduate students
All music graduate students must complete this training. See: http://music.ualberta.ca (navigate to section for graduate students).
- Study African arts and culture in Ghana! (The Summer 2017 program just concluded; keep in touch if you're interested in a future run)
- University of Alberta Summer World Music Program
- Music and Art in the Muslim World Summer Camp, for children; see http://bit.ly/muslimworldmusicart for more information.
- Issues in Ethnomusicology (Proseminar in Ethnomusicology - Music 665)
- Area Studies in Ethnomusicology: The Arab World (2018) (Music 468/568)
- Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble click here for Winter 2018 course outline
- Field Methods in Ethnomusicology (Fall 2017) (Music 666)
- Introduction to World Music (Fall 2017) (Music 102) Wednesday evening section
- Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble click here for Fall 2016 course outline
- Music for Global Human Development (Music 365)
- Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble click here for Winter 2016 course outline
- Issues in Ethnomusicology (Winter 2016) (Music 665)
- Music and Islam (Fall 2015) (Music 469/569)
- Field Methods in Ethnomusicology (Fall 2015) (Music 666)
- Issues in Ethnomusicology (Fall 2014) (Music 665)
- Ethnomusicology of the Arab World (Fall 2014) (Music 468/568)
- Introduction to World Music (Music 102)
NB: Instead of Music 666 (Field methods in Ethnomusicology) please sign up for MLCS 632 - Folklore Research Methods
- Music 365: Introduction to Ethnomusicology: Applied Ethnomusicology and Social Responsibility (R. El Kadi)
- Music 466/566: Topics in Ethnomusicology: World Music and the Global Music Industry (J. Kertzer)
- Issues in Ethnomusicology (Fall 2013) (Music 665)
- Music and Documentary Filmmaking (Fall 2013) (Music 466/566)
- Music and Identity (Fall 2013) (Music 466/566)
- Introduction to World Music (Music 102)
- Music and Religion (Winter 2013) (Music 464/564)
- Introduction to Ethnomusicology (Music 365)
- Issues in Ethnomusicology (Fall 2012) (Music 665)
- African Popular Music (Fall 2012) (Music 465/565)
- Introduction to World Music (Fall 2012) (Music 102)
- Field Methods in Ethnomusicology (Winter 2012) (Music 666)
- Music and Islam (Winter 2012) (Music 469/569)
- Introduction to Modern Italian Musical Life: From Opera to Hip Hop (Winter 2012 - School of Cortona) (Music 365)
- Music culture as a social network (Fall 2011) (Music 466/566)
- Introduction to World Music (2011) (Music 102)
- Issues in Ethnomusicology (2011) (Music 665)
- Music and Documentary Filmmaking (Winter 2011) (Music 466/566)
- Field Methods in Ethnomusicology (Winter 2011) (Music 666)
- Area studies: India and South Asia (Winter 2011) (Music 467/567)
- Ethnomusicology of the Arab World (Fall 2010) (Music 468/568)
- Introduction to World Music (2010) (Music 102)
- Issues in Ethnomusicology (Fall 2010) (Music 665)
- Introduction to Ethnomusicology: Popular Musics of the World (Music 365)
- Field Methods in Ethnomusicology (Winter 2010) (Music 666)
- Music and Religion (Winter 2010) (Music 464/564)
- Issues in Ethnomusicology (Fall 2009) (Music 665)
- Area Studies in Ethnomusicology (Music 465/565): Music of the Persianate World: Iran and Central Asia
- Topics in Ethnomusicology (Music 466/566)
- Field methods in Ethnomusicology (Winter 2009) (Music 666)
- Music and Islam (Winter 2009) (Music 469/569)
- Introduction to Ethnomusicology (Winter 2009) (Music 365)
- Issues in Ethnomusicology (Fall 2008) (Music 665)
- Ethnomusicology: India & S Asia (Fall 2008) (Music 467/567)
- Music and Politics (Fall 2008) (Music 467/567)
- Introduction to Ethnomusicology: Music of Iran and Central Asia (Winter 2008) (Music 365)
- Ethnomusicology of the Arab World (Winter 2008) (Music 468/568)
- Field methods in Ethnomusicology (Winter 2008) (Music 666)
- Music and Religion (Music 464/564)
- Issues in Ethnomusicology (Music 665)
- Ethnomusicology and social network analysis (Music 601 reading course)
- Introduction to Ethnomusicology (Music 365)
- Field Methods In Ethnomusicology (Music 666)
- Music and Islam (Music 469/569)
- Introduction to World Music (Music 102)
- Area Studies in Ethnomusicology (Music 465/565): Music of the Persianate World: Iran and Central Asia
World Music Ensembles
- University of Alberta Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble (Music x48)
- University of Alberta West African Music Ensemble (Music x44)
- University of Alberta Indian Music Ensemble (Music x43)
Programs and advising for (prospective or actual) ethnomusicology students
quick link: http://bit.ly/ethnoadvice
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
- MA in Music, with concentration in ethnomusicology
- PhD in Music, with concentration in ethnomusicology
For prospective students
- General information for all prospective students
- General information for all prospective students in Music
- Undergraduate programs: Contact Stephen Tchir (780) 492-0602
- Graduate programs: Contact Kim Arndt (780) 492-0603
Please see the following sections also to learn about our programs.
For current students
Undergraduate programs relevant to ethnomusicology
- Embedded Certificate in World Sound Arts(can be added to any bachelor degree program) (official Calendar listing)
- BA, major and minor in music
- BA Honours, 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.
Also see the Music grad program manual.
- Research Proposals in Ethnomusicology (template)
- Academic area graduate courses
- Graduate programs in Music
- Course listing on Department of Music website
- language requirement
- Thesis credits
- ethics training
- Graduate Teaching and Learning programs for training in university instruction.
- Grad resources from the Dept of Music
- FGSR Graduate Program Manual, found here: http://uofa.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/about/graduate-program-manual
- The Structure of Examining Committees: http://uofa.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/about/graduate-program-manual/section-8-supervision-oral-examintations-and-program-completion/8-2-the-structure-of-examining-committees
- The Conduct of Doctoral Candidacy Examinations: http://uofa.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/about/graduate-program-manual/section-8-supervision-oral-examintations-and-program-completion/8-3-conduct-of-examinations#8.3.3 Doctoral Candidacy Exam
- Current UofA course listings, via Bear Tracks
- Resources for ethnomusicological research
- Peer Support Centre (formerly Student Distress Centre) (you may also visit 2-707 SUB or phone at 780-492-HELP (780-492-4357).
- Complete University Calendar (contains links to pdfs)
- University of Alberta Calendar, online
- BA major minor, BA Honours
- MA, MMus, PhD, DMus
- Course listings
- Ethnographic Multimedia Research Platform (EMRP)
- Music for Global Human Development, under two main headings:
- Mediating world music
- SSHRC Knowledge Impact in Society (KIS)
- Ghana Field Recordings Digitization
- MuDoc system
- Collaborations with the Department of Music, University of Ghana
- Music and architecture in Islam
- Giving voice to hope: Music of Liberian refugees
- Mapping Smithsonian Folkways
- Music we love
- Ewe singer-composer-poets of Ghana CD
- 1001 Nights
- Digitization Procedures
- Media lab: how-to's
- Forms and Manuals
- Documentary videos for teaching ethnomusicology
- former jukebox how-to
- Cataloguing and Accessioning
- Arts, Science and Law Research Ethics Board
- Society for Arab Music Research (SAMR)
- Music and Islam research
- The arts in the Arab diaspora
- Musical Change in Dagbamete, a West African village in Ghana
- Mapping Smithsonian Folkways
- Music for a Better World, Jan 30, Convocation Hall (part of International Week 2016)
- The music of Rumi, World Music Sampler, Nov 24, Convocation Hall (link for performers)
- The Music of Rumi: a concert performance (link for publicity)
- Trio Tarana workshop, Friday Oct 10, 2008
- Amnesty International - small places, Oct 18 2008
- Women Performers as Agents of Change: Perspectives from India, March 15-16 2010
Visiting guest lecturers and artists
Ideas & suggestions
Talks, presentations, and other courses
DiscoverE program, summer 2011
Resources in Ethnomusicology, by Sean Luyk
Resources for ethnomusicological research
Short URL for this section: http://bit.ly/ethnores
Student compilations of Sources for Ethnomusicology (an ongoing Music 665 project)
Reference works for Ethnomusicology
Short URL for this section: http://bit.ly/ethnoref
World Music Archives...
- British Library
- Dutch Folksong Database
- Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University
- UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive
- British Library Sounds
- Wesleyan World Music Archives
- Archive of World Music at Harvard
- Ency. of Anthropology
- Other anthropology resources
- Anthropological Theory
- eHRAF (Human Relations Area Files online)
- Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online
- Encyclopedia of sociology (Macmillan)
- Social Network Analysis
- Glossary of Linguistic Terms
- Ency. of Linguistics v.1, v.2
- Philosophy of Language and Linguistics
- Concise ency. of philosophy of language and linguistics
- Comprehensive reference information for the world's languages
- Ethnologue: Find, read about, and research all 7097 living languages. Ethnologue is the ultimate source of information on the world's languages.
- Software tools and tutorials
- Sage Research Methods series
- Organizing and Managing Your Research (SAGE)
- CRAME center for statistical consulting (Faculty of Education)
For chaining references (relations of "citing", "cited by") see:
- Web of Science
- Google Scholar
Very Short Introductions
This wonderful series from Oxford is now online! (including titles on Ethnomusicology, World Music, Folk Music, and other related topics)
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.
Audio databases, sites
Film and video collections
- Ethnographic Video Online and Anthropology Online from Alexander Street Press
- Films on Demand
- Free Documentaries
- National Film Board of Canada: Music
- CBC films
- Filmmakers' online library
- NFB of Canada
- World Music Films
World Music Blogs
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) organizations
Especially relevant to http://bit.ly/songsspd in West Africa...
Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council - http://www.wsscc.org/countries/africa/liberia/wash-coalition-overview
WASH United - http://www.wash-united.org/africa
- Information science theory
- Integrating theory in research
- Social science theory
- Anthropological theory
- History of anthropological theory
Digital archiving and repositories
- How to write these wiki pages
- Documentation on customizing the interface
- User's Guide usage and configuration
- A Gentle Introduction to MediaWiki
Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.