Welcome! About us

Ethnomusicology, the study of music as culture, aims at understanding how music from around the world works, why it exists, what it means, and how it reflects, references, and inflects our human condition. Ethnomusicologists come from, draw upon, and contribute to a variety of disciplines: music, cultural anthropology, folklore, performance studies, dance, cultural studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, area studies, and other fields in the humanities and social sciences.

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.

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