Continuing Adjunct Associate Professor (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)
Dr. Margaret E. Walker joined Queen's Music in 2006, and is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Musicology/Ethnomusicology) and the Royal Conservatory of Music Professional School (Piano Performance and Pedagogy). Her teaching and research cross interdisciplinary boundaries, comprising ethnomusicology, historical musicology, historiography, music transmission and education, and dance studies.
Involved in the profession of teaching since 1984, Dr Walker currently teaches courses at the School of Drama and Music at Queen’s in ethnomusicology, musicology, world music and music education, and is also cross-appointed to the Queen’s graduate program in Cultural Studies. She won the Queen's Music Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015, and is a member of the Creative Expressions in Teaching and Learning Committee for Queen’s 175th Anniversary Celebrations.
Dr. Walker is a regular presenter at international scholarly conferences, and has book chapters on various cultural, historical, and choreographic aspects of kathak dance in the collections Dance Matters: A Reader on South Asian Dance (Routledge, 2010), Music, Dance, and the Art of Seduction (Eburon Academic Press, 2013), The Oxford Handbook of Music Revivals (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Traditional Musics in Canada: Contemporary Expressions and Cultural Resonances (forthcoming). Her articles on topics ranging from Indian folk traditions to music cognition can be found in The Journal of the Indian Musicological Society, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, MUSICultures, CRME Bulletin and Canadian Music Educators’ Journal, and she has had reviews published in Dance Research Journal, MUSICultures, South Asia Research, The British Forum for Ethnomusicology and University of Toronto Quarterly. Her recent monograph, India’s Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective (SOAS Series in Musicology, Ashgate, 2014), examines and deconstructs the accepted history of the North Indian classical dance form, kathak and proposes an alternate reading. She has visited India many times conducting fieldwork, and studied kathak dance with a number of eminent teachers in both Canada and India between 1996 and 2006.
Between 2011 and 2015, Dr Walker was a member of the “Musical Transitions to European Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean” research team and has publications forthcoming from that project. In 2016, she will participate in a Visitorship to King’s College University of London as part of the Balzan Research in Musicology Project “Towards a Global History of Music.” Other areas of Dr Walker’s research include musical and cultural exchange, Indo-Canadian dance, and a new collaborative project with Gordon E. Smith on “Kingston’s Musical Communities,” which is exploring the multiple layers of musical activities in the city of Kingston.
Dr. Walker served as the Director of Queen's Music between 2010 and 2015, and was instrumental in the creation of the new School of Drama and Music. She is on sabbatical leave in 2015-16.