Ethnomusicology News

Lyric formulas or criminal musings? Nicholas Stoia examines the music theory behind rap lyrics in the courtroom

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
In 2011, high school rapper Taylor Bell was suspended from school, accused of “threatening two named educators with gun-related violence." Prosecutors presented rap lyrics Bell had written as evidence of his intention to commit a violent crime. Despite support from... Read More »

BRITISH MUSIC & EUROPE in the age of Brexit

Monday, September 25, 2017
All symposium events, including concerts, are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.   For inquiries, contact Philip Rupprecht: philipr@duke.edu   Paper Abstracts   Common Currencies (Philip Rupprecht)   Friday, November 3 PANEL 1... Read More »

Kaira Ba (The Great Peace): West African music featuring ethnomusicology graduate student Jonathan Henderson

Monday, August 14, 2017
Ethnomusicology graduate student Jonathan Henderson is a member of the band Kaira Ba (The Great Peace), based in central North Carolina.  Griot Diali Cissokho (a member of a family of professional musicians from Senegal), is Kaira Ba's lead singer and kora player.  In... Read More »

Kirsten Santos Rutschman awarded Best Student Paper 2016-17 by the Southeast Chapter of the American Musicological Society

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Her presentation was entitled, “Folksong Against the National Grain: Inventing Pan-Scandinavian Identity,” and derives in part from research towards her Ph.D. dissertation in progress. The AMS committee described Kirsten's paper as "superb (and superbly delivered)."

Darren Mueller (Ph.D. 2015) has been awarded the Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award by the Society for American Music

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award is designed to recognize a single dissertation on American music for its exceptional depth, clarity, significance, and overall contribution to the field. American music is interpreted in all its historical and contemporary styles and contexts, including, but... Read More »