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Kimasi Browne, Ph.D.

Director of Ethnomusicology and Music Research
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3586
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.


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


School of Music (College of Music and the Arts)

College of Music and the Arts


  • African-American-Style Gospel Choral Music
  • African Music
  • Graduate Music History
  • Music of the African Diaspora
  • Soul Music
  • 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