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curriculum vitae

Revised February 2023.



Focus: Gamelan Music of Indonesia, 3rd ed., 2022 (with Henry Spiller).

Focus: Gamelan Music of Indonesia, Third Edition, introduces the emblematic music of Southeast Asia’s largest country, as sound and as cultural phenomenon, highlighting the significant role gamelan music plays in the national culture while teaching of Indonesian values and modern-day life. Despite Indonesia’s great diversity―a melting pot of indigenous, Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Portuguese, Dutch, British, and modern global influences―a forged national identity is at its core. This volume explores that identity, understanding present-day Javanese, Balinese, Cirebonese, and Sundanese gamelan music through ethnic, social, cultural, and global perspectives.

American Gamelan and the Ethnomusicological Imagination. University of Illinois Press, 2020.

Gamelan and American academic institutions have maintained their close association for more than sixty years. Elizabeth A. Clendinning illuminates what it means to devote one’s life to world music ensemble education by examining the career and community surrounding the Balinese-American performer and teacher I Made Lasmawan. Weaving together stories of Indonesian and American practitioners, colleagues, and friends, Clendinning shows the impact of academic world music ensembles on the local and transnational communities devoted to education and the performing arts. While arguing for the importance of such ensembles, Clendinning also spotlights how performers and educators use them to create stable and rewarding artistic communities. Cross-cultural ensemble education emerges as a worthy goal for students and teachers alike, particularly at a time when people around the world express more enthusiasm about raising walls to keep others out rather than building bridges to invite them in.

"Clendinning has flipped the script. Rather than describing Balinese performers as if ‘they’ come to ‘us’, she shows how their far-flung pedagogical networks reshaped US-based music programs in higher education from the inside out. Her intimate portraits of three generations of Balinese teachers reveal them as the makers of transnational music communities. This book is both fascinating and moving. I am convinced all over again that these almost utopian third spaces are sorely needed."--Deborah Wong, University of California, Riverside

"An ambitious work that can really spark scholarship that intersects ethnomusicology, performance studies, and the scholarship on teaching and learning. Clendinning discusses the positive aspects of world music ensembles, but is also open about the ethical issues involved in running a gamelan in an institution of higher education."--Eric Hung, Music of Asian America Research Center

Reviewed also at revue musicale oicrm (French)

Publication supported by grants from the Bruno Nettl Endowment for Ethnomusicology and from the AMS 75 Publication Awards for Younger Scholars Fund of the American Musicological Society, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

2022      “Beyond the Banjar: Academia, Community, and Gamelans in America.” Sounding Out the State of Indonesian Music, ed. Andrew C. McGraw and Christopher Miller. Cornell University Press.

2022      “Adapting to Desa, Kala, Patra (Place, Time, Situation): Balinese Dance in American Universities.” Journal of Dance Education 1-11.


2021      "Object Lessons: Teaching Musicology through Museum Collections." Journal of Music History Pedagogy 11/1: 22-45


2019      “A Street for All? Pluralism and the Performing Arts in Jalan Sesama (Indonesian Sesame Street).” Ethnomusicology 63/3: 418-444.

2018      “Driving Future Sounds: Imagination, Identity, and Safety in Electric Vehicle Noise Design.” Sound Studies 4: 61-76.

2017      “Learning in the “Global Village”: Performing Arts Tourism in Bali, Indonesia.”

MUSICultures 43/2, Music and Tourism Special Issue: 89-114.

2016      “Air Mengalir: I Madé Lasmawan, Pedagogy, and Musical Kinship in the Transnational Balinese Gamelan Community.”

Ars Orientalis.

2016      “Sherlock’s Violin: Making the Victorian Modern Through Musical Fan Culture.”

Journal of Fandom Studies 4/2, Special Music Edition: 141-158.

2013      “Creating ‘the Ultimate Retro-Future’: Music, Nostalgia and Futurity in Tron (1982) and Tron: Legacy (2010).”

Norient Online Journal 2.

2010    “Spike Ensouled: The Sonic Creation of a Champion.” 

In Buffy, Ballads, and Bad Guys Who Sing: Music in the Worlds of Joss Whedon, ed. Kendra Preston Leonard.  Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 75-98.

peer reviewed conference proceedings

2019      “The Dancer’s Image in the Visual Discourse on Tourism and Sustainability in Bali.” 5th Symposium of the International Council for                                       Traditional Music Study Group on the Performing Arts of Southeast Asia: 205-209.

2017       “The Music of Jalan Sesama (Sesame Street): Televised Indonesian Approaches to Teaching Cultural Diversity.” Conference Proceedings of                         the 3rd Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music Study Group on the Performing Arts of Southeast Asia: xx-xx.


2015       “Innocents Abroad: Edutourism and the Balinese Performing Arts.” Conference Proceedings of the 3rd Symposium of the International                                Council for Traditional Music Study Group on the Performing Arts of Southeast Asia: 231-234.


2010       Clendinning, Elizabeth A., and Kathleen McAuley. 2010. "The Call of Cthulhu: Narrativity of the Cult in Metal."  In The Metal Void: First                          Gatherings, edited by Niall W. R. Scott and Imke Von Helden. Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.



For more information, see my full CV, above.


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