McLean, Mervyn (Evan)
(b Invercargill, June 17, 1930). New Zealand ethnomusicologist. At the University of New Zealand he took the BA (1957), and at the University of Otago he took the MA (1959), and the doctorate (1965) with a dissertation on Maori chant. After studying further with Alan P. Merriam at Indiana University (1966–7) he was visiting professor at Indiana (1967) and Hawaii (1968) universities. He joined the staff of the University of Auckland (1968) and was associate professor of ethnomusicology (1975–92). He was founder-head of the Archive of Maori and Pacific Music (1970–92) and editor of the Journal of the Polynesian Society (1969–76). McLean’s main area of study is the music of Oceania. His fieldwork is of importance for research and preservation: his field recordings include 60 hours of traditional Maori chant recorded from ...