Janet Sturman

Professor, Retired – School of Music

Associate Dean, Retired – Graduate College

Janet L. Sturman grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, the oldest of seven children, all of whom studied music at some point in their lives. She earned a Bachelor of Music at Wittenberg University in 1978, a Master of Arts in ethnomusicology in 1980 from Hunter College at the City University of New York, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, in 1987 from Columbia University.

As Associate Professor in the School of Music and Dance at the University of Arizona, Prof. Sturman teaches courses in ethnomusicology and general music and coordinates the School of Music's honors options.

Active in professional societies, Dr. Sturman currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the College Music Society.

Speaking personally, while professional work keeps me busy, the balance in my life comes from my ever supportive and wonderful husband, Arthur Weiss, and our two lovely children, Michael and Andrea Weiss, both now young adults. Michael attends New York University where he studies mathematics and music, and Andrea is a student at Tucson's University High School. Playing the harp is one of her many interests.

Research Interests:  Hispanic music traditions, principally those of Caribbean origin, and the role music plays in projecting ethnic and class identity for Latin Americans and Hispanic immigrants; music as a means of engaging new technologies.