Patricia Matusky

Patricia Matusky is an ethnomusicologist and has taught for several years in Malaysia, including posts at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang (1978-79, 1981-82 (Fulbright-Hays Lecturer in Music) and 1994-97 (Associate Professor), the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur (1983-86, 2013-16) and the LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore (1990-93). Her degrees are Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts (Library Science), and Doctor of Philosophy in ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA), and Master of Arts in musicology from Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Her doctoral field research focused on the music of the Malay shadow puppet theatre (wayang kulit) from the state of Kelantan (1975-76), while her continuing research involves Malaysian musical instruments, folk and classical Malay music in Peninsular Malaysia and music in Sarawak. Her publications include articles on the folk and classical music in Malaysia in international journals, and the books Malaysian Shadow Puppet Theatre and Music: Continuity of an Oral Tradition (Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press, 1993 and Penang, The Asian Centre, 1997), and she is co-author of Muzik Malaysia Tradisi Klasik, Rakyat dan Sinkretik (Kuala Lumpur: Asian Centre 1997 and University of Malaya Press 2012). She has contributed articles on folk and classical music of Malaysia in the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (1998), in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001), and on musical instruments of Malaysia in The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2014).

She has contributed and annotated several hours of original field video recordings of Malaysian traditional musical/theatrical performances, currently available for viewing in the EVIA Digital Archive (Ethnomusicological Video for Instruction and Analysis Digital Archive) at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. She maintains active membership in many academic music societies and is currently the Vice-Chairperson of the ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia. Most recently she is Adjunct Professor of ethnomusicology at the Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage of Malaysia (Akademi Seni, Budaya dan Warisan Malaysia (ASWARA), and at the University of Malaya Cultural Centre in Kuala Lumpur (2013-16).