Ethnomusicology is an academic discipline with a very broad mandate: to understand why and how human beings are musical through the study of music in all its geographical and historical diversity. Ethnomusicological scholarship, however, has been remiss in articulating such goals, methods, and theories. A renowned figure in the field, Timothy Rice is one of the few scholars to regularly address this problem. In this volume, he offers a compilation of essays drawn
from across his career that finds implicit and yet largely unrecognized patterns unifying ethnomusicology over its recent history.
Modeling Ethnomusicology summarizes thirty years of thinking about the field of ethnomusicology as Rice frames and reframes the content of eight of his most important essays from their original context in relation to the environment of today's ethnomusicology. Rice proposes a variety of models meant to guide students and researchers in their study of ethnomusicology. Some of these models pull together disparate strands of the field, while others propose heuristic models that generate
questions for researchers as they plan and conduct their research. A new introduction to these essays reviews the history of his writing about ethnomusicology and proposes an innovative model for theorizing in ethnomusicology by ethnomusicologists. This book will be an enduring, essential text in
undergraduate and graduate ethnomusicology classrooms, as well as a must-buy for established scholars in the field.
Timothy Rice, professor of ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), specializes in the traditional music of Bulgaria and writes frequently about the field of ethnomusicology. The author of numerous books, he was founding co-editor of the ten-volume Garland Encyclopedia of World Music; the editor of the journal Ethnomusicology (1981-1984); the President of the Society for Ethnomusicology (2003-2005); and the director of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (2007 to 2013).