Melissa Scott

I am a third year ethnomusicology graduate student and received my BA in Music from the University of Chicago. My research focuses on how political conceptions of place are articulated and negotiated in classical Arabic music pedagogy in Jordan.

I am also an oudist and perform regularly with the Aswat Ensemble in Oakland and Disoriental, a group I lead here at UC Berkeley. My primary oud teachers are Omar Abbad and Jamal Benbrahim, but I have also had lessons with Charbel Rouhana and Muhammad Qadri Dalal on oud and Loay Dahbour on percussion.


Music in the Levant, maqam theory, pedagogy, place-making, secularism and secularity, labor, phenomenology, 19th & 20th century Ottoman history, sound and violence, jazz studies