Geneva

Ethnomusicology

Ethnomusicology is a field that aims to promote better understanding of the world through the study of musical practices.

After a century of methodological discoveries and developments, the third millennium is seeing new challenges take shape, an expansion of the field of study and an increase in the potential career openings for ethnomusicologists: the flourishing of the ‘world music’ market, cooperation and cultural diplomacy projects, and the teaching of music from outside Europe - all these things constitute alternatives to the academic world. Deciding to train as an ethnomusicologist means acquiring the means to bring an enlightened form of listening to both European and non-European societies.

Teachers

Xavier Bouvier

Head of the Ethnomusicology Program - Professor of Ethnomusicology, Analytical Approaches, and Ethnotheories

Xavier Bouvier holds a Composition Prize and a Diploma in Musical Culture from the Conservatoire de musique de Genève. After two years of studying mathematics at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, he dedicated himself to music. At the Conservatoire de musique de Genève, he successively held the positions of Professor of Counterpoint and Musical Analysis, Head of the Library, and since 2001, Associate Dean of the administration. From 2009 to 2018, he was the Coordinator of Education at the Haute école de musique de Genève (HEM). He is now a Full HES Professor, a member of the Executive Board, responsible for the HEM's MA in Ethnomusicology, and a project manager. In addition to various special projects, his mandate includes representing the institution on the Music and Performing Arts Domain Council of the HES-SO and on the HES-SO Education Council by delegation from the Domain Head. Former head of the Bologna group of the Swiss Conference of Higher Music Education Institutions, Xavier Bouvier has been a member of the Swiss Accreditation Council since January 2019, a joint body of the Confederation and the cantons for accreditation and quality assurance in the Swiss higher education landscape. A specialist in music theory from a Western perspective and beyond, Xavier Bouvier teaches various courses in the Ethnomusicology program. He conducts a variety of research projects on 18th-century music theory, the issue of musical cultures, cultural diplomacy, and comparative education. He regularly participates in conferences and congresses in Europe and Asia.

Patrik Vincent Dasen

Professeur d'Ethnomusicologie, Séminaire de recherche Master, Atelier musiques du monde

Patrik Dasen est diplômé en ethnomusicologie de l'Université Paris X Nanterre (Maitrise, 1999) et de l'Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (Master 2, 2009) où il à également complété (mars 2020) une thèse de doctorat intitulée "Devenir et être facteur de cornemuse irlandaise uilleann pipes : entre déterritorialisation et patrimonialisation." sous la direction du Prof. Luc Charles-Dominique. Ses domaines de recherche s'orientent autour des processus de transmission et de patrimonialisation des traditions musicales. Il a travaillé pendant dix ans aux Ateliers d'ethnomusicologie de Genève en tant que responsable des activités pédagogiques et des relations publiques. Il a également mené, avec une petite équipe, la campagne de catalogage et de numérisation des Archives Internationales de Musique Populaire (AIMP, 2005-2011) de Constantin Brailoiu qui sont aujourd'hui, grâce à cette sauvegarde, intégralement consultables au Musée d'ethnographie de Genève. Il enseigne l'ethnomusicologie et la sociologie des musiques actuelles à la Haute école de musique de Genève depuis 2008. En savoir plus sur Patrik Vincent Dasen

Xavier Bouvier
Patrick Dasen

Departments and associated courses