Scholar of the Month | Kent State University
Andrew Shahriari, who has been selected as Kent State’s Scholar of the Month, sits in a khong wong yai (big gong circle) with two ranad eks (lead xylophones) in the background in a School of Music classroom.

Scholar of the Month

Scholar Brings the World of Music to Students

Scholar of the Month
Andrew Shahriari
Associate Professor of Music
College of the Arts
2008-present

Andrew Shahriari has been recently promoted to associate professor for the 2015-2016 academic year. He also serves as coordinator of online classes for music in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music in the College of the Arts. His current research focuses on ethnomusicology, music and autism, and online world music education.

Shahriari has published three books on world music traditions with a focus on listening and understanding cultural associations, “World Music: A Global Journey” (2015) authored with Kent State Professor Emeritus Terry E. Miller; “Popular World Music” (2011); and “Khon Muang Music and Dance Traditions of North Thailand” (2006).

He is an invited speaker at many conferences and symposia, most recently presenting his research on autism and dynamic problem solving through music at the International Conference of Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Mumbai, India. Shahriari will be a panelist at the upcoming Annual College Music Society (CMS) National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he will discuss curricular reform for undergraduate music majors.

Shahriari received a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in ethnomusicology from Kent State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Central College in Pella, Iowa.

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About Kent State’s Scholar of the Month

Kent State’s Scholar of the Month recognizes faculty researchers and scholars whose recent work has had an important impact on their professional fields and has brought exposure to the university. Each month, a different college will have the opportunity to nominate a researcher/scholar for this recognition. There is also a month when a faculty member from the Regional Campuses will be featured.

The selection process is in the hands of the dean and his or her colleagues and faculty. Hence, this is recognition by the person’s college colleagues that is then taken up by the university. The deans communicate the person’s name to the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs for recognition as Scholar of the Month.

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