Michael Frishkopf, BSc (Yale University), MA (Tufts University), PhD (UCLA)

Professor in Faculty of Arts and Adjunct Professor in Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Arts - Music Dept
Associate Chair (Graduate), Faculty of Arts - Music Dept

Contact

Professor in Faculty of Arts and Adjunct Professor in Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Arts - Music Dept
Email
michaelf@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-0225
Address
3-34D Arts Building (Main & Conv Hall)
113 St and 91 Ave
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E6

Associate Chair (Graduate), Faculty of Arts - Music Dept
Email
michael.frishkopf@ualberta.ca

Availability
see frishkopf.org

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Ethnomusicology Arab world Islam West Africa musical taste social network analysis virtual reality digital repositories machine learning participatory action research development


About

Michael Frishkopf, Professor of Music at the University of Alberta, is an ethnomusicologist, performer, and composer. A graduate of Yale College (BS Mathematics, 1984), Tufts University (MA Ethnomusicology, 1989), and the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D. Music, 1999), Dr. Frishkopf’s ethnomusicological research interests include music of the Arab world; Sufi music; sound in Islamic ritual performance; sound therapies; music and religion; music and architecture; comparative music theory; the sociology of musical taste; social network analysis; (virtual [world) music]; digital music repositories; machine learning; music information retrieval; music in West Africa; participatory action research; psychoacoustics and music cognition; music and global health; indigenous medicine and music as medicine for integrative health; and music for global human development and social change.

His research and teaching combine a number of different fields, including ethnomusicology, anthropology, Middle East studies, religious/Islamic studies, psychoacoustics, computer science, media studies, literary studies, music theory. He is a lifetime member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the International Council for Traditional Music, and the Middle East Studies Association of North America. 

He has received numerous fellowships supporting his research, including grants from NFRF, AMII, Fulbright, the American Research Center in Egypt, the Social Science Research Council, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Killam Foundation (Canada), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, supporting his extensive fieldwork in Egypt. 

In performance, Michael specializes in the nay (Middle Eastern reed flute), and also performs the song-drum-dance traditions of Ghana. He is the founder (in 2004) of the University of Alberta Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble, as well as the University of Alberta West African Music Ensemble (in 1999). Both ensembles perform frequently in public in the Edmonton area, especially to support progressive causes. He also performs “Third Stream” and world music inflected jazz on the piano, following studies with Ran Blake and others in the Third Stream program at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. 

Please see frishkopf.org for more (including a list of publications, many of them online)



Research

Areas of Research & Interest:

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Stories of Change
  • Sound therapies
  • Human Development
  • Migration and Refugee Studies
  • Music and Global Health
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Religious Studies
  • Islamic studies
  • Middle East studies
  • African Studies
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Machine Learning
  • Media studies
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality

See frishkopf.org for a list of publications (many of them online)



Teaching

Areas of Instruction:

  • Ethnomusicological theory and practice
  • Music of Africa and the Middle East
  • Sounds of Islam
  • Social Network Analysis

Ensemble Instruction:

Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble (MENAME)

Outreach Instruction:

Ghana Summer Study Abroad Program

Courses

MUSIC 148 - Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble I

The study of Middle Eastern and North African vocal and instrumental music (primarily Arab, Persian, and Turkish musical traditions) through group instruction and ensemble performance, and related readings, films, and discussions. The ability to read music is not required. Some traditional instruments will be available. Course may be repeated where topics vary. Prerequisite: consent of Department based on assessment in the first class.

Winter Term 2022
MUSIC 448 - Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble

The study of Middle Eastern and North African vocal and instrumental music (primarily Arab, Persian, and Turkish musical traditions) through group instruction and ensemble performance, and related readings, films, and discussions. The ability to read music is not required. Some traditional instruments will be available. Course may be repeated where topics vary. Prerequisite: MUSIC 148 or consent of Department based on assessment in the first class.

Winter Term 2022
MUSIC 466 - Topics in Ethnomusicology

Prerequisite: consent of Department.

Winter Term 2023
MUSIC 506 - Tutorial Study

Independent research in a specific area of the student's interest. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

Fall Term 2021
MUSIC 548 - Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble V

The study of Middle Eastern and North African vocal and instrumental music (primarily Arab, Persian, and Turkish musical traditions) through group instruction and ensemble performance, and related readings, films, and discussions. The ability to read music is not required. Some traditional instruments will be available. Course may be repeated where topics vary. Prerequisite: consent of Department

Winter Term 2022
MUSIC 666 - Field Methods in Ethnomusicology

Winter Term 2022

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Aswan Music Project
Aswan Music Project
Research - Deep Learning for Sound Recognition
DLSR
Research - Music for Global Human Development
Music for Global Human Development
Research - Music, Sound, and Architecture in Islam
Music, Sound, and Architecture in Islam

Publications

Music, Sound, and Architecture in Islam
Author(s): Michael Frishkopf and Federico Spinetti, editors