Indianapolis is the twelfth largest city in the United States and one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Both Forbes and rank Indianapolis as one of the best downtowns in the United States, citing “more than 200 retail shops, more than 35 hotels, nearly 300 restaurants and food options, movie theaters, sports venues, museums, art galleries and parks” as attractions. Of particular interest to ethnomusicologists will be the Indianapolis Art Museum, the world’s “biggest and best” Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the Rhythm Discovery Center, as well as the numerous jazz clubs in the city where jazz great Wes Montgomery was born.

Indianapolis plays host to numerous conventions and sporting events. Of these, perhaps the most well known are the annual Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. Other major sporting events include the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournaments, as well as the 2012 Super Bowl.




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Bloomington and Indiana University

USA Today named Bloomington as one of the country’s Top 10 college towns for good reasons. Music, art, dance, sports, shopping, ethnic restaurants—it’s all here, nestled in a serene Midwest city surrounded by natural beauty. Bloomington is also the original and largest site of Indiana University. Established in 1820, IU is the home to approximately 40,000 students. In the 1991 book entitled The Campus as a Work of Art, author Thomas Gaines named the Bloomington campus one of the five most beautiful in America. Most of the campus buildings are built of Indiana limestone.

Indiana University is also home to many prominent and diverse institutes, such as the top ranked Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology (in the College of Arts and Sciences), the Jacobs School of Music, the Kelley School of Business, the Kinsey Institute, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Maurer School of Law, and the nation’s first School of Informatics and Computing. IU’s degree programs are recognized for their quality and innovation, not to mention their variety. Faculty from all 50 states and more than 130 countries teach classes for over 150 majors and 330 degree programs for undergraduates, and more than 190 advanced degrees.


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Ethnomusicology at Indiana University Bloomington

Ethnomusicology has a distinguished history of over half a century at IU, beginning with George Herzog (a student of Erich M. von Hornbostel and Franz Boaz who joined the faculty in 1948), and continuing to the present, with its nine full-time faculty, and seven affiliated faculty in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Our graduate enrollment includes over one hundred students, with approximately 52 in the Ph.D. and 22 in the M.A. programs. The department also offers an undergraduate degree which includes some 56 majors.

The Ethnomusicology Institute at Indiana University is top ranked by the National Research Council as a site in the United States for studying music as a form of cultural expression. Ours is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary program that emphasizes analytical, theoretical, and methodological training, as students pursue tracks geared toward careers in either academia or the public sector. We offer courses in history, method, theory, and performance, along with classes which specifically address musical cultures of Africa, Latin America, China, the Middle East, as well as Jewish and African American traditions. 

With its rich and diverse resources, including The Archive of Traditional Music (the largest academic repository of world music and oral data in the world), the Archive of African American Music and Culture (with its repositories of audio and video recordings, oral histories, photographs, and musical manuscripts from the post-World War II era), and the cutting-edge EVIA (Ethnomusicological Video for Instruction and Analysis) Digital Archive, the Ethnomusicology Institute has a long history of welcoming students and scholars from across the globe into our research community. In addition, IU has served as the home of the Society for Ethnomusicology Business Office since 1988.

Because ethnomusicology at Indiana University is in the College of Arts and Sciences rather than the School of Music, we do not require that students possess an undergraduate degree in music in order to be admitted. Members of our current student population hold degrees in the disciplines of literature, history, anthropology, psychology, and music, among others.


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