Welcome! About us

The University of Toronto ethnomusicology program [What is Ethnomusicology?] is one of the premier centres for the study of ethnomusicology in North America. With four faculty members — Farzaneh Hemmasi, Jeff Packman, and Joshua Pilzer, to be joined in 2020 by Lyndsey Hoh Copeland — and supported by a host of interdisciplinary colleagues, part-time and adjunct faculty, we train our exceptional and diverse students in the intellectual history, theory, methodology and practice of ethnomusicology, and we offer courses and ensembles in diverse musical traditions from around the world. Our award-winning students and faculty carry out a stunningly diverse and fascinating array of research and fieldwork projects in North America and the world. The study of ethnomusicology was introduced to the University of Toronto in 1966 by SEM co-founder Mieczyslaw Kolinski. It was further developed by Timothy Rice (1974–87) and James Kippen (1990–2019); the ethnomusicologist Gage Averill was Dean of Music from 2005 to 2008, and the percussion maestro and ethnomusicologist-musicologist Russell Hartenberger was Dean of Music from 2008 to 2011.

Toronto itself is a vast, vibrant and varied metropolis. As ethnomusicologists, we draw on and contribute to the cultural life of this alpha world city. Moreover, we are situated in the interdisciplinary hub of North America’s largest public university. Nationally, the University of Toronto is ranked the top school in Canada, and globally it is very high in the international rankings according to several indexes, especially in the Arts & Humanities. (See the U of T News for all the latest updates from across the university.)

In addition to ethnomusicologists, our Faculty of Music includes renowned musicologists, music theorists, composers, music educators and performers, an opera school, a jazz program, and programs in music technology and music & health. The U of T library system is ranked third in North America (source: ARL), and our music library holds Canada’s national music collection.

Faculty of Music, seen from Philosopher’s Walk