Timothy Rice

Emeritus Professor
Former Chair, Ethnomusicology; former Associate Dean of the School of the Arts and Architecture; former director of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Ph.D. Music, University of Washington; M.A. Music, University of Washington; B.A. History, Yale University

Bulgarian and Macedonian folk and traditional music; music cognition, politics and economics of music, musical symbolism, ethnoaesthetics, individual agency in culture; music education.

Timothy Rice specializes in the traditional music of the Balkans, especially from the Slavic-speaking nations of Bulgaria and Macedonia. In that field he is the author of May it Fill Your Soul: Experiencing Bulgarian Music (University of Chicago Press, 1994) and Music in Bulgaria: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Oxford University Press, 2004) as well as numerous articles in major journals such as Ethnomusicology, Yearbook for Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology Forum, and Journal of American Folklore. In terms of research themes, he has written on musical cognition, politics and music, meaning and music, mass media, music teaching and learning, and theory and method in ethnomusicology, including a book entitled Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2014). He was founding co-editor of the ten-volume Garland Encyclopedia of World Music and co-edited Volume 8, Europe. He has served the field of ethnomusicology in a variety of ways, including editing the journal Ethnomusicology (1981-1984), acting as President of the Society for Ethnomusicology (2003-2005), and serving on the Executive Board of the International Council for Traditional Music (2007-20013). He served as Associate Dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture from 2005 to 2008. He served as director of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music from 2007 to 2013.

Interviews 2009 and 2012

Interview (2017): Celebrating Thirty Years of Dedicated Service