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Larry Ward

Larry Ward

Professor, Music

Tel.: (630) 942-4174
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 294

Areas of Research Interest:

  • African music, especially Zimbabwean mbria music
  • African-American Pentecostal music
  • History of American music

Recent Courses Taught:

  • Music 1100 - Music Appreciation
  • World music
  • Humanities
  • American music
  • several undergraduate and graduate survey courses in music history and literature

Current Projects:

  • The study of mbira music from Zimbabwe
  • The study of African-American Pentecostal congregation in Champaign, IL

Selected Publications, Presentations, Performances, Books:

  • Book review of Images: Iconography of Music in African American Culture, in Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association.
  • "Ain't Going Nowhere? The Relationship between Music and Text in Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car,'" paper presented at College Music Society Annual Meeting, Toronto, November 2000.
  • "Experiments in Music Appreciation and Interactive Television," paper published in the Proceedings of the Fifth International Directions in Music Learning Conference, San Antonio, 1998.
  • "Reflections on Ethnography and Salvation in the Study of Apostolic Pentecostal Church," paper presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, 1997.
  • "Pentecostal Doctrine and Musical and Ritual Flexibility," paper published in Community of Music, Cat and Elephant Press (Champaign).


  • Ph.D. Musicology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. Music Theory and Composition, University of Minnesota
  • B.A. Philosophy, University of Minnesota

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, Central Michigan University, 1998
  • Distinguished Service Award, Minority Affairs Office, Central Michigan University, 1994