Tara Browner (Choctaw)

Tara Browner (Choctaw)

Core Faculty


Ethnomusicology | American Indian music in works by Western composers; Pow-wow culture in North America and Europe; Native American flute performance and contemporary ideologies.

Office: 2085 SMB

Email: tbrowner@ucla.edu


Tara Browner is the author of Heartbeat of the People: Music and Dance of the Northern Pow-Wow (University of Illinois Press, 2002), editor of Music of the First Nations: Tradition and Innovation in Native North American Music (University of Illinois Press, 2009), and editor of Songs from “A New Circle of Voices:” The 16th Annual Pow-wow at UCLA (Music of the United States of America [MUSA], A-R Editions, Madison, Wisconsin, 2008). She has published in several major journals including Ethnomusicology, The Journal of Musicological Research, and American Music, and also regularly presents papers at national and international conferences. In addition to her scholarly activities, she is on the Native American Music screening committee for the Grammy Awards, is a pow-wow dancer in the Women’s Southern Cloth tradition, and a professional percussionist and timpanist. Her current research focus is on manifestations of pow-wow culture in Northern Europe.


Ph.D.: Music History: Musicology, The University of Michigan,
M.M.: Music, University of Colorado, Boulder,
B.A.: Music, California State University Sacramento