The Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (CCE)

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

Michael Frishkopf, Director,
Julia Byl, Associate Director


Other useful links:

MAP of key CCE-relevant locations on campus




CCE's primary mission is to work towards musical sound for the public good, including five primary ethnomusicological activities: archiving, presentation, research, teaching, and 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, and outreach projects, including Music for Global Human Development (, 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: 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: Subash Giri (graduate student assistant), Victoria Tunney (undergraduate volunteer)

Project Committee:

  • Vadim Bulitko (Science - Computing Science)
  • Piet Defraeye (Arts - Drama)
  • Brian Fauteux (Arts – Music, popular music)
  • Nancy Hannemann (University of Alberta International)
  • Shuel-let-qua Q:olosoet, also known as Cynthia Jim (independent artist and teacher, virtuoso on indigenous flute)

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 Reports on Activities

CCE Report on activities 2018-19

Courses in the Department of Music

Ethnomusicology and World Music courses

Note: for older links listed below please refer to the archived CCE wiki site

Mandatory ethics training for graduate students

All music graduate students must complete this training. See: (navigate to section for graduate students).

Spring/Summer programs

Fall 2019

Winter 2019

Fall 2018

Winter 2018

Fall 2017

Fall 2016

Winter 2016

Fall 2015

Fall 2014

NOTE: for broken links from here on down consult the archived CCE page (see top of this page for the link).

NB: Instead of Music 666 (Field methods in Ethnomusicology) please sign up for MLCS 632 - Folklore Research Methods

Winter 2014

  • 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)

Fall 2013

Winter 2013

Fall 2012

Winter 2012

Fall 2011

Winter 2011

Fall 2010

Winter 2010

Fall 2009

Winter 2009

Fall 2008

Winter 2008

Fall 2007

Winter 2007

Fall 2006

Winter 2006

World Music Ensembles

CCE projects and activities

Online virtual museums produced or co-produced by the CCE

The following were funded by Heritage Canada, with support from folkwaysAlive:

Major outreach and development projects spearheaded by the CCE (completed and in-progress)

Two principal initiatives:

  1. Edmonton Transcultural Orchestra, a university-community group
  2. 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:

  1. Songs for Sustainable Peace and Development
  2. Music for Cultural Continuity and Civil Society

especially the following:

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.

Educational projects

CCE's educational projects go beyond the regular UofA curriculum to connect with communities, locally and globally...

CD productions

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 (video) (program notes) (; 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

  • Indian music workshop, spring 2018
  • 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.
  • 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:

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

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

For current students

Undergraduate programs relevant to ethnomusicology


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.

  • MA with concentration in ethnomusicology
  • PhD with concentration in ethnomusicology

Helpful links:

Other useful links

General resources

Calendar pages:









Visiting guest lecturers and artists

Ideas & suggestions

Talks, lectures, presentations, and other courses

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:

Library's Music research page and anthropology research page

Resources in Ethnomusicology, by Sean Luyk

Sean Luyk's excellent presentation, Resources in Ethnomusicology

Library's other research guides

Sources for the history of ethnomusicology

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

Reference works for Ethnomusicology

Short URL for this section:

General databases and indices


Reference works online...


World Music Archives...






Middle East 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! (including 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.

Audio databases, sites

Film and video collections


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



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




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