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Joan Titus in Morocco

Dr. Joan Titus is an Assistant Professor in Musicology and has been at UNCG 2007. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University, and a B.A.M. from the University of Arizona in Music History. Dr. Titus’ research focus is cultural politics/policy and its relationship to the musical arts, particularly in Soviet Russia, the Native American Southwest, and most currently, North Africa. Her trip to Morocco was funded in part by IPC’s Kohler Fund.

Here is what she wrote regarding her time in Morocco last year:

My travel to Morocco in summer 2010 resulted in the study of beginning Arabic and preliminary observation of four major music festivals -- the Rabat Mawazine Festival, the Fes Musique sacrees du monde, the Essaouira Gnawa Festival, and the Marrakech Festival Nationale des arts Populaires. I went to acquire some materials as well as field experience, including films and musical recordings, all of which I shared in my Music 606 seminar in Fall 2010 entitled "Musical Narrative in African and American Film." The students have told me that the information from my experience and the tangible materials enriched their learning which inspired them to conduct further research of their own and want to work abroad. I feel confident that my students recognized the value of my international experience and that it will drive them further to do their own exploration and work internationally.

in Morocco
in Marrakech


Previous editions:
- Vol 10, ed 7: April 2011 - Vol 10, ed 3: November 2010
- Vol 10, ed 6: March 2011 - Vol 10, ed 2: October 2010
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- Vol 10, ed 4: December 2010 archived editions