Ecomusicology is a rapidly growing field of scholarly inquiry centering on the interrelationships between music, culture and nature. A composite of ecology and musicology, the term points to the field’s interdisciplinary nature. Ecomusicology often draws on methods developed in literary ecocriticism (or ecological criticism) where scholars concerned about environmental degradation scrutinize and critically interpret relationships between humans and their natural or built environments in literature and other media. Yet ecomusicology also intersects with such other fields as sound studies, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and environmental studies and sciences. Ecomusicology@ASU has focused on acoustic ecology research, animal studies, activist forms of music making and ecofeminist artists.

For courses, independent studies, capstone projects, Honors and Masters theses, and doctoral dissertations related to ecomusicology contact Dr. Sabine Feisst.