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Felicia Miyakawa


Dr. Felicia M. Miyakawa
A ssociate Professor of Musicology

Felicia M. Miyakawa is Associate Professor of Musicology and Assistant Director of the MTSU School of Music. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Musicology from Indiana University and completed B.A. degrees in both music and French at Linfield College (McMinnville, Oregon). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in both "art"; and "popular"; music traditions. Before joining the MTSU faculty, Miyakawa taught music history review courses for graduate students at Indiana University and music history and music appreciation courses at West Valley College in Saratoga, California.

The recipient of numerous MTSU research grants, Miyakawa's research areas include Hip-hop music and culture, Black Nationalism, American Popular Music, African-American music and literature, gender and pedagogy, and queer studies. She has presented papers at regional and national meetings of the American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Society for American Music, as well as at popular music conferences sponsored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Seattle's Experience Music Project. Her first book, Five Percenter Rap: God Hop's Music, Message, and Black Muslim Mission, was published in spring 2005 by Indiana University Press. Other publications appear in American Music, Popular Music, Journal of Popular Music Studies, The Journal of American Ethnic History, and the new encyclopedia Women and Religion in the World. She is currently at work on her second book, a biography of the spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.";

Miyakawa is a member of the Graduate faculty, Honors faculty, and Women's Studies faculty. She serves on the President's Commission on the Status of Women, Women's Studies Council, and the Center for Popular Music's Advisory Council. Miyakawa is an active member of the American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, and Society for Ethnomusicology.

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