Associate Professor (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)
School of Music Director, 1st Year Advisor
Dr. Margaret Walker joined the School of Music at Queen’s in 2006 and teaches courses in Ethnomusicology, Western music history, and various aspects of World Music. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Musicology/Ethnomusicology) and the Royal Conservatory of Music Professional School (Piano Performance and Pedagogy). Her 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 has studied Kathak dance with a number of eminent teachers in both Canada and India since 1997, and has performed in Toronto, Ottawa, and Delhi.
Dr. Walker is a regular presenter at international scholarly conferences, and has book chapters in the collections Dance Matters: A Reader on South Asian Dance (Routledge, 2009), Music, Dance, and the Art of Seduction (Eburon Academic Press, 2013) and The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival (Oxford University Press, 2014). Her articles on topics ranging from Indian folk traditions to music cognition can be found in The Journal of the Indian Musicological Society, The Canadian Journal for Traditional Music (now MUSICultures), CRME Bulletin and Canadian Music Educators’ Journal/Musicien éducateur au Canada, and she has had reviews published in, Dance Research Journal, MUSICultures, South Asia Research, and University of Toronto Quarterly. She is a member of the “Musical Transitions to European Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean” research team, an international group of ten scholars funded through the European Research Council, and travels to England regularly as part of the project. Another part of Dr Walker’s research includes Canadian diasporic traditions and musical communities.
Dr. Walker is currently serving as Director of the School of Music.