Barbara Barnard Smith
Barbara Barnard Smith (June 8, 1920 – July 3, 2021) was an American ethnomusicologist who founded and developed the field of ethnomusicology at the University of Hawaiʻi. She was the Professor Emerita of Music at the university. Although she was hired to teach piano and Western music, her conscience rebelled at further destroying indigenous Hawai'in and Pacific Island cultures, which were the ancestral heritage of most of her students, whom she deeply respected. She therefore set about learning about and teaching how to rigorously study and write about local indigenous music and dance. Barbara Barnard Smith continued to advise PhD students on their dissertations almost up to her death at the age of 101.
In 2009, she won the Fumio Koizumi Prize for Ethnomusicology for her work in both research and education with regard to expanding the knowledge and understanding of the musics and the peoples of Asia and the Pacific.
In 2013, she was made an honorary member of the International Council for Traditional Music, and later on she founded the Barbara Barnard Smith Travel Award to support participation in an ICTM World Conference.
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