Faculty & Staff

Jayme Kurland

World Music

Adjunct Faculty

  • World Music


  • B.A. Music History and Literature, University of Oregon
  • M.A. Music History and Literature, Arizona State University

Jayme Kurland is a musicologist, museum professional, and violist with over a decade of professional experience in music in museums, ethnomusicology, and music history.

In addition to teaching “Musics of the World” at GMU, Kurland currently works as the inaugural Robbin Collection Music Cataloger at the Georgetown University Library, cataloging over 700 autograph musical manuscripts and letters from the 19th and 20th centuries. She is currently curating for an exhibition on the history of jazz in Washington, D.C. in Georgetown’s Booth Center for Special Collections.  She also volunteers with the musical instruments and scientific research departments at the Library of Congress and is helping create a digital exhibition for their work on 19th century glass and the glass flutes of maker Claude Laurent.

Kurland serves on the Board of Governors for the American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS), from which she won the Frederick R. Selch Award for Best Student Paper at the 2011 AMIS annual meeting in Colonial Williamsburg. From 2013 to 2017, Kurland was the Curatorial Research Fellow in Musical Instruments at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and worked with their collection of over 1200 musical instruments. From 2009 to 2011, Kurland worked at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ as a curatorial research assistant, and in the museum’s concert venue.

Kurland’s research interests are diverse, and she has presented her work at international conferences and museum programs.  Her research interests include music and the Holocaust, exiled musicians in America, music in Afghanistan, and 20th century musical instrument design.  She has lectured on topics related to the intersections between the musical canon and issues of race, gender, and representation. Jayme wrote her master’s thesis on Mark Brunswick and the National Committee for Refugee Musicians, and their work aiding European Jewish musicians during World War Two.

Contact Prof. Kurland: jkurlan@gmu.edu