Congratulations to Ryan Bodiford on a wonderful dissertation defense!


On February 20, Ryan Bodiford, PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology, successfully defended his dissertation, “Sharing Sounds: Musical Innovation, Collaboration, and Ideological Expression in the Chilean Netlabel Movement.” Ryan and committee pictured above. The text of Ryan’s abstract is below. “Sharing Sounds” abstract In recent years, technological advances have triggered radical shifts in the ways people produce, … Continue reading Congratulations to Ryan Bodiford on a wonderful dissertation defense!

SMR members present papers at March Michigan Music Forum


On March 10, Jessica Grimmer (historical musicology) and Anna Rose Nelson (music theory) both presented papers to an audience of SMR members for their feedback and suggestions. Jessica’s paper dealt with sexual politics in France around the French Revolution, and Anna’s paper, which she recently gave at the Indiana University Symposium of Research in Music … Continue reading SMR members present papers at March Michigan Music Forum

UMich at SEM


University of Michigan students and alumni spent a fruitful four days at the Society for Ethnomusicology annual conference this past week in Washington, D.C. In addition to presenting their research, the department also co-hosted a reception and enjoyed a free tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Four students and recent … Continue reading UMich at SEM

Upcoming Chapter on Location in Popular Song


I am contributing a chapter to the upcoming book Coming of Age: Teaching and Learning Popular Music in America, edited by Carlos Xavier Rodriguez and published by Maize Books. My chapter investigates the locations songwriters Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits choose to write about, and how they endeavor to set these places musically. I was inspired to … Continue reading Upcoming Chapter on Location in Popular Song