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His research focuses on the traditional music of southeastern Europe, particularly that of Bulgaria and Macedonia. His recent work engages questions of how culturally significant issues are encoded in musical sound and acted out in musical performance. He is particularly interested in how aesthetic values and practices influence, and are affected by, the political and economic life of a society. Rice has also contributed influential perspectives to theoretical debates about the nature of his discipline, ethnomusicology, and its relationship to other fields, especially music education. His work has been translated into Bulgarian, Chinese, Farsi, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, and Spanish, and he has been invited to lecture by scholarly societies, museums, universities, and music conservatories in many parts of the world.
In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, major publications include Cross-cultural Perspectives on Music (University of Toronto Press, 1982, co- editor), May It Fill Your Soul: Experiencing Bulgarian Music(University of Chicago Press, 1994), The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol. 8: Europe (Garland, 2000, co-editor), and Music in Bulgaria: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Oxford University Press, 2004).
He has taken a leadership role in his field on numerous occasions. He edited Ethnomusicology, the main journal in his field, from 1981 to 1984. He was the co- founding editor of the first encyclopedia of music to be written from an ethnomusicological perspective, the ten-volume Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, a signal achievement in the history of ethnomusicology. In 2005 he completed a two-year term as President of the U.S. Society for Ethnomusicology, and he was elected in 2007 to a six-year term on the Board of the Directors of the International Council for Traditional Music.