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The goal of this project is to collect and evaluate media on music related to tourism globally. Tourism is an over-one-trillion USD industry and has become a key employment opportunity for musicians and other performers. In the academic research on tourism and music, the most vibrant debate is about its benefits or detriments for local musicians. The particular research emphasis will be on the Disney Corporation—arguably the largest employer of musicians in the world.
Students will advise Cooley on current academic and popular literature and media music and tourism. Students will aid Cooley in arranging a one-day undergraduate seminar to be held at Disneyland (during appropriate academic quarters).
Basic research and bibliographic skills. Ethnographic training a plus.
The goal of this project is to collect and evaluate media on music related to surfing globally. This research builds on Cooley’s 2014 book Surfing about Music, which expands ethnomusicological thinking about the many ways musical practices are integral to human socializing, creativity, and the formation of community.
Students will advise Cooley on current academic and popular literature and media concerning surfing culture. They will update the Surfing about Music webpage and facebook page.
Basic research and bibliographic skills. Ability to create webpages a plus.
Music, Global and International Studies
This project extends my work on music and sports to include equestrian traditions. I am particularly interested in Western USA and Mexican traditions, some of which are prevalent locally, including Baile, Escaramuza, La Charreada, and other border-crossing practices. Another area of exploration is the role of the clown in rodeos. The rodeo clown acts as an MC for the event, and s/he usually works with recorded music or a DJ.
This is a new research area for me, so the student will be assisting me with ground-up work identifying and assessing available material. The student will be collecting bibliographic and filmic materials to create an annotated bibliography and filmography. The student will also engage in supervised ethnographic work, interviewing local horsemen and women.
Basic bibliographic skills required. Spanish language abilities desired. Experience with horses a plus.
Music, Theater and Dance, Environmental Studies
Environmental Arts + Sciences: Performing Sustainability
This ongoing research projects examines and engages with artistic and creative methods to explore and communicate humanistic/scientific questions concerning environmental sustainability, connecting local experiences with global issues.
The project encompasses creative and scholarly outputs.
In Spring 2018, the project connects with National Water Dance (Saturday April 14).
Assist with data-gathering processes and with planning for, filming (livestream) and following up on the National Water Dance performance on April 14, 2018.
Must be available on April 14, 2018 and available for training leading up to this date.
Must be: reliable, self-sufficient and able take initiatives
Familiarity with live-streaming and Google Hangouts
Interest in videography and social media distribution