Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
(909) 607-2456, Email: Tony Perman
Tony Perman is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Pomona College. He teaches courses on ethnomusicological theory and method, issues of music, meaning, and emotion, and area courses on World Music, Music in Africa, and Zimbabwe. An ethnomusicologist, Perman's research focuses on music and spirituality in marginalized communities in Zimbabwe, and primarily on the semiotics of music and emotion in contemporary religious ceremonies, public dance competitions, and political events. He has presented his work at conferences for the Society of Ethnomusicology and the African Studies Association. He has published articles in Ethnomusicology, the Journal of Religion in Africa, and the Journal of Musicological Research. Perman received a master's degree in Ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and his Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a dissertation on the interface of history, emotion, and ethics in performance of the Ndau communities of Zimbabwe. He also teaches the Zimbabwean Mbira Ensemble at Pomona and has performed Zimbabwean music around the world for almost fifteen years.