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Melissa Scott

I am in the third year of the Ethnomusicology graduate program at UC Berkeley and received my BA in Music from the University of Chicago. I am interested in centering (and reimagining) Jordan in scholarship on classical Arabic music; narratives of decline; and musicians’ labor.

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, secularism and secularity, labor, phenomenology, jazz studies, 19th & 20th century Ottoman history, sound and violence