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Kimasi Browne, Ph.D.

Director of Ethnomusicology and Music Research
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3586
Email: kbrowne@apu.edu
Fax: (626) 969-7419
Kimasi L. Browne was a protégé of ethnomusicologists Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, Cheryl L. Keyes, Timothy Rice and African American Literature specialist Richard Yarborough. While attending UCLA, he studied composition with Elaine Barkin, and at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona studied composition with Philip Browne. He joined the APU School of Music in 2001, and he was the founding director of the APU Gospel Choir, serving as its director from 2001-06. Browne teaches the graduate Seminar in Music History II (19th-21st Centuries) and developed several undergraduate ethnomusicology courses. Before arriving at APU, Browne taught at Pomona College, Whittier College, California State University, Long Beach, University of California, Riverside and UCLA. He has directed choirs and ensembles of various African American choral traditions for more than thirty years, and frequently organizes international symposia, presents papers, organizes panels and roundtables, and speaks at conferences. Browne’s research projects have taken him to North America, Europe, Africa and Asia and his research is widely published. Kimasi has directed choirs, sang and performed piano internationally. He is also a composer, arranger and baritone vocalist.

Education

Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, UCLA
M.A., Ethnomusicology, UCLA
B.A., Music Composition, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
A.A., Fine Arts (Music), Citrus College

Departments

  • College of Music and the Arts
  • College of Music and the Arts: School of Music

Expertise

  • African American-style Gospel Choral Music and the Music Conservatory in China
  • African Music and Music of the African Diaspora (African American Sacred and Secular Popular Culture: Gospel, R&B, Motown, and Soul Music)
  • Graduate Music History
  • Music Fundamentals
  • World Music

Courses Taught

GMUS 502 – Seminar in Music History II
GMUS 590 – Directed Research
MUS 120 – Music Fundamentals
MUS 146 – Gospel Choir
MUS 201 – Introduction to World Music
MUS 301 – Music of Africa
MUS 302 – Soul Music

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