Ryan A. Koons

Lecturer (Fall 2017)

Ethnomusicology and Musicology


Native American ritual music and dance; Indigenous ontologies; ethnography of contemporary early music; Scandinavian folk music; gender/sexuality musics; American music

BA Music History, Dickinson College; MA Ethnomusicology, UCLA; PhD Ethnomusicology, UCLA

Ryan A. Koons is an ethnographer of music cultures, with expertise in Native American traditions, early music, Scandinavian folk music, and gender/sexuality minority musics. He is a lecturer in UCLA's Departments of Ethnomusicology, of Musicology, and of World Arts & Cultures/Dance, and the director the UCLA Early Music Ensemble (EME). With EME founding director Elisabeth Le Guin, he co-authored an invited article on the politics of cultural representation in early music for Ethnomusicology Review, and has contributed to the forthcoming Sage Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. He co-directs the mid-Atlantic-based World Community Productions multi-media documentary company. A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Koons performs early music and European folks musics around the world. RyanAKoons.com