Faculty Profile

Ramona Holmes

Ramona Holmes

Emerita Professor of Music

Email: ramonaho@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2915
Office: Crawford 205

Education: BS, Portland State University, 1974; MAT, University of Washington, 1978; MA, University of Washington, 1982; Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Washington, 1990. At SPU since 1994.

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.


World on a String: Conductor's Score

Alfred Publications, 2001

A sampling of musical traditions from around the world arranged for school string orchestra. The 30 arrangements include teacher’s materials with contextual information, stylistic elements, suggestions for performance, and selected resources. An accompanying CD includes the indigenous version and a school version of each selection.

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.

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

Ramona Holmes

Why I Teach at SPU

Ramona Holmes, Director and Professor of Music Education

"It is a joy to teach music education with students who are called to serve. The SPU students are passionate about music and want to share their gifts with others. It is never difficult to place our students as interns and to help them find jobs, because our students consider music education a calling, not just a job."