Music 512A Spring 2010
Music Bldg Rm 27 1:30-3:50 Th
SLN 15859

Instructor: Ter Ellingson

Office: 28D Music
Office Hours: 9-10:30 MTu
Telephone: 206 543-7211

Course Description:

This is a student-generated class, offered in response to student requests for attention in the program for specific focus on important aspects and issues of the professional practice of ethnomusicology that may not be covered in the regular curriculum.

Members of the Ethno faculty will conduct sessions of the seminar covering issues encountered in their own professional experience. However, most of the seminar will consist of student-led sessions, in which members of the class will take turns leading sessions on topics of their choice.

Each student will do two short introductory presentations about twenty minutes in length on topics of interest to them. A one-two page abstract/outline will be required. For the final two weeks of the course, each student will do an extended presentation on one of these topics. The session should include one or more required readings, which must be made available to class members the week before the session for which it is needed. A four-five page abstract/outline of this presentation will also be required, outlining the topic and describing the in-class presentation and discussions for their session, and give suggestions for how the topic could be explored further.These abstract/outlines of the two presentations will satisfy the term paper requirement for the seminar.


Course Outline:

1. Introduction: Selection of Topics
2. Ellingson: Publishing as a student
3. TBA
4. TBA
5. TBA
6. TBA
7. TBA
8. TBA
9. TBA


Most readings will be online links. For hard copy books and articles at Music Library reserve, students will be responsible for depositing readings for their session at Music Library one week before the session.

Readings available online:

Week 2:

Complete Week 2 Reading List (Online Reserves)

Week 2 Online Readings

Becker, "Writing for Social Scientists"

Reis, "Getting Published as a Graduate Student in the Sciences."

Week 2 Online Non-Readings

These are not readings in the usual sense of the term, but rather a kind of "Exhibit A" set of examples of my own publications written when I was a Ph.D. student. The main purpose for making them available is not to read thoroughly and discuss their contents, but rather for you to look them over to get a general sense of their variety and types of subject matter and journals. For the full list, see the link to "Complete Week 2 Reading List" above.

Ellingson, "Musical Flight in Tibet"

Musical Flight in Tibet
Asian Music > Vol. 5, No. 2 (1974), pp. 3-44

Ellingson, Algebraic and Geometric Logic

Algebraic and Geometric Logic
Philosophy East and West > Vol. 24, No. 1 (Jan., 1974), pp. 23-40

Ellingson, Review of Kaufmann, Tibetan Buddhist Chant

Review of Kaufmann
Reviewed Work(s): Tibetan Buddhist Chant: Musical Notations and Interpretations of a Song Book by the Bkah brgyud pa and Sa skya pa Sects by Walter Kaufmann; Thubten Jigme Norbu
Asian Music > Vol. 8, No. 2, Tibet - East Asia Issue (1977), pp. 64-81

Ellingson, Kaufmann Review Errata

Kaufmann Review Errata (Letter to the Editor)
Asian Music > Vol. 10, No. 1 (1978), p. 128

Ellingson, Ed., Tibet Issue, Asian Music

Asian Music > Vol. 10, No. 2, Tibet Issue (1979)

Ellingson, "'Don Rta Dbyangs Gsum: Tibetan Chant and Melodic Categories"

'Don rta dbyangs gsum: Tibetan Chant and Melodic Categories, pp. 112-156

Ellingson and Dorje, "Explanation of the Secret Gcod Da ma ru"

"Explanation of the Secret Gcod Ḍa ma ru" an Exploration of Musical Instrument Symbolism, pp. 63-91

Ellingson, "Dancers in the Marketplace"

Review-Essay: Dancers in the Marketplace, pp.159-178

Ellingson and Rakra Tethong, "Conversations on Tibetan Musical Traditions"

Conversations on Tibetan Musical Traditions, pp. 5-22

Ellingson, tr., "On Music" (Sa skya Pandita translation)

On Music, pp. 3-4

Ellingson, tr., "Why Study Music" (Sa skya Pandita translation)

Why Study Music?, pp. 157-158

Ellingson, tr., "Meditative Realization of the Melodious Goddess" (Tsong kha pa translation)

Meditative Realization of the Melodious Goddess, pp. 1-2

Ellingson, "Mathematics of Tibetan Rol mo"


Ellingson, "Ancient Indian Drum Syllables and Bu ston's Sham pa ta Ritual"

Ancient Indian Drum Syllables and Bu Ston's Sham Pa Ta Ritual
Ethnomusicology > Vol. 24, No. 3 (Sep., 1980), pp. 431-452

Ellingson, "Notation"


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