Dr. Alison Arnold

Dr. Alison Arnold
Assistant Teaching Professor
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Alison Arnold

Dr. Alison Arnold is a Lecturer of Music and Assistant Teaching Professor of Arts Studies at North Carolina State University, where she teaches courses in world music, music of Asia, and cross-cultural arts. She also teaches in the FYI (First Year Inquiry) program and for the Arts Forum (Arts Village). 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 also 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 and visitors.

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 U.S., 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. She edited the South Asia Volume of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (2000). Her online Music textbook, co-written with associate Dr. Jonathan Kramer, “What In The World Is Music?” was published in 2015. She served as Vice President and President of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast and Caribbean Chapter, 2002-2004, and organized a joint regional conference with the North Carolina Folklore Society at NC State University in 2005.