In this clip from www.artistshousmusic.org – Timothy Rice, Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles, discusses his field and some of his work within it. He shares his experiences learning and playing alongside Bulgarian musicians, and talks about some of the central issues that his field and department face – for example, how to understand a culture well enough to correctly assess the role music plays, or how to break down cultural barriers between yourself and the musicians you study – and some of the perks and characteristics of a career in ethnomusicology. He also speaks about the Ethnomusicology department at UCLA, and the changes in structure and curriculum that he will be undertaking in the next few years.