Ramona Holmes


Professor of Music; Director of Music Education
BS, Portland State University, 1974
MAT, University of Washington, 1978
MA, University of Washington, 1982
Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Washington, 1990

Email: ramonaho@spu.edu
Office: Crawford 205

Dr. Ramona Holmes taught K–12 general music and strings for 20 years in Seattle and Shoreline school districts before coming to SPU in 1994. While teaching in local schools, she did graduate work in both ethnomusicology and music education at the University of Washington.

Dr. Holmes’ work combines her research in music education and ethnomusicology. She has prepared music education curriculum and materials from many field work experiences in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. She has focused in depth on the variety of string music found around the world and techniques to perform these repertoires authentically in school music contexts. At Seattle Pacific, she also directs Gamelan.

Selected Publications

Holmes, R. Lundquist, B. & Campbell, P. (2010) "Round-Table: Ethnomusicology and Music Education Around the World." Readings in Ethnomusicology: A Collection of Papers Presented at Ethnomusicology Conference.  University of Dar es Salaam: Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Tanzania, 35–45.

Holmes, R. Estonia. Williams, S. (Ed.) (2006) The Ethnomusicologists’ Cookbook. Routledge.

Holmes, R. (2003). "It’s a Girl Bonding Thing: Softball Set Cheers in America." The World of Music, 45 (1), 117–130.

Holmes, R., & Volk T. (2001). World on a string. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred.

 Please view Dr. Holmes' CV (PDF) for additional publications.