Prof Caroline Bithell

Professor of Ethnomusicology

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Caroline teaches a range of course-units in Ethnomusicology and World Music. With an academic background in music, social anthropology, and modern and medieval languages, she holds degrees from the universities of Oxford and Wales.

Caroline is best known in the ethnomusicology world and beyond for her publications on Corsican music, her work on music revivals, and her research into the natural voice and community choirs. Her book Transported by Song: Corsican Voices from Oral Tradition to World Stage (Scarecrow Press, 2007) was awarded 5 stars by Songlines magazine, as well as being positively reviewed in the academic press. Her latest books (both published by Oxford University Press in 2014) are A Different Voice, A Different Song: Reclaiming Community through the Natural Voice and World Song and The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival (the latter, a collection of 30 essays co-edited with Juniper Hill). Her current research focuses on the renaissance of vocal polyphony in post-Soviet Georgia (Caucasus).

Caroline has served terms as Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and editor of the journal Ethnomusicology Forum. She is also active in the community music world as a voice practitioner and workshop leader.

 Academic and Professional Profile:

  • BA and MA University of Oxford
  • PhD University of Wales
  • Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (Wales)
  • Member of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Society for Ethnomusicology, International Council for Traditional Music, European Seminar in Ethnomusicology, International Society for Music Education, Royal Anthropological Institute, Sound Sense, Natural Voice Network

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Approaches to Musicology (team-taught)



Postgraduate taught (Master's)

Studying World Music Cultures: Themes and Debates

Ethno/Musicology in Action: Fieldwork and Ethnography



Postgraduate research

MPhil and PhD supervision

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