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Alison Arnold

Lecturer - Distant Education

Price Music Center NA


Dr. Alison Arnold is a Lecturer in the Music Department and Assistant Teaching Professor in the Arts Studies program at North Carolina State University. She teaches courses in world music, music of Asia, Celtic music, and cross-cultural arts. Together with colleague Dr. Jonathan Kramer, she was nominated for the 2007-2008 Gertrude Cox award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology. Prior to joining the NCSU Music faculty, Dr. Arnold taught at The Colorado College, Penn State University at Abington, Drexel University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her Bachelors degree in music at the University of Liverpool, England, and her Masters and Ph.D. in Musicology with a concentration in Ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an active performing musician, playing in four Celtic music bands. Since 2005 she has run a traditional Irish Music Session at NC State, open to all NCSU students, faculty, and staff, as well as local community members.

As an ethnomusicologist, she has carried out research, presented conference papers, and published articles on Indian film and popular music, Asian Indian music in the United States, and Vietnamese Montagnard music in North Carolina. In 2010, she was an invited keynote speaker at the Asian Popular Music International Workshop at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. With associate Dr. Jonathan Kramer she has co-authored the online music textbook, What In The World Is Music? (Routledge, 2016). She edited the South Asia Volume of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (Taylor & Francis, 2000), and before moving to the U.S. she served on the editorial staff of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Macmillan, 1980).



Ph.D. Musicology (Ethnomusicology) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1991

M.Mus. Musicology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1982

B.A. Hons. Music University of Liverpool, England 1974