About Me

I received my Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and specialize in the music of the Near East and Africa. I have taught ethnomusicology courses at the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Riverside, and Pomona College. I am also a professional cellist, performing both Western classical and Arab music. My book, Music in Druze Life: Ritual, Values, and Performance Practice (Druze Heritage Foundation, 2007), focuses on the music of the Druzes, an Arabic-speaking people of the Near East, who are members of an Islamic sect that began in Cairo in the eleventh century as an offshoot of Isma‘ili Shi‘ism. Currently, I am the Publications Director and Events Coordinator at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Department of Ethnomusicology and am a member of the Long Beach Symphony. Click this link to see my curriculum vitae: Hood CV