Analysis of World Music Interest Group

Mission Statement

The primary objective of the SMT Analysis of World Music Interest Group is to provide a unique interdisciplinary platform from which to explore the panoply of global musical traditions, both past and present, that lie outside the purview of Western art music from the broadest possible array of theoretical, cultural, historical and analytical perspectives. This group is allied with the SEM Special Interest Group on Analysis of World Music and the organization Analytic Approaches to World Music (AAWM).


The group sponsors and plans invited presentations, discussion forums, performances, special topic sessions, as well as workshops to be held at the Annual Meeting of SMT. It also hosts the biennial AAWM Conference. In addition, the group maintains its own website and publishes the AAWM Journal, a free, online journal devoted to analytic studies of world music.


To find out more about the SMT Analysis of World Music Interest Group or AAWM, including information on how to join the group and participate in and attend its activities, please contact Panos Mavromatis and Chris Stover (Co-Chairs) at

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