About the Movie

Ken Moore

Ken MooreKen Moore, the Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge of Musical Instruments, began his career at the Museum in 1970 as a security guard. In 1979 he joined the Department of Musical Instruments. Since 1990, he has been responsible for the care and display of the Museum’s 3,700 non-Western instruments, as well as the organization of lectures, demonstrations, and concert programs.

Ringo and Ken in Artists Den promo

As resident ethnomusicologist at the Metropolitan Museum, Ken advocated the application of contextual display methods of non-European instruments and developed educational performance programs that emphasize world music cultures. Outside the Metropolitan, he has made pioneering studies of the music of the Snake Handler cult in West Virginia, and has been a member of the Council for the Society of Ethnomusicology, of which he was president of the mid-Atlantic chapter (1988-89). He also works with children at the Special Music School of America. Ken recently had a cameo appearance in a Live From the Artists Den segment starring Ringo Starr.