Bachelor, University Tulsa, 1959. Master of Music, University Tulsa, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, University of California at Los Angeles, 1975.
Teacher Jal (New Mexico) High School, 1960—1961, Catoosa (Oklahoma) High School, 1961—1962, American Broadcasting Company Unified School District Schools, Artesia, California, 1964—1973. Peace corps volunteer Maaraga Hiwot Haile Selassie I School, Ambo, Ethiopia, 1962—1964. Assistant professor, associate professor, professor music University of California at Los Angeles, since 1974.
Director American Indian Studies Center, 1976—1987, American Indian Program, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1987—1989, visiting professor music, 1987—1989. Panel member folk arts National Endowment Arts, 1980—1982. Board directors Indian Centers, Inc., Los Angeles, 1977—1978.
Member of Western Social Science Association, National Indian Education Association, American Society Ethnohistory, American Folklore Society, Society Ethnomusicology (council member 1977-1984, council chairman 1980-1982), Sigma Alpha Iota.
Married Linton LeRoy Heth, July 5, 1966 (divorced January 1970).