Janine Tiffe

Janine Tiffe

School of Music
Assistant Professor - Ethnomusicology - African Ensemble - Steel Band
Office Location:
E236 Center for the Performing Arts
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Dr. Janine Tiffe received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Florida State University and is an assistant professor at the Kent State University School of Music, where she directs the KSU African Ensemble and KSU Steel Band, and teaches courses in world and popular musics. Dr. Tiffe has performed with Women in Steel and Invaders Steel Orchestra; as a member of Azaguno, she performed for the 2002 FIFA World Cup ceremonies in Seoul, Korea. Her research interests include the African diaspora, particularly the Trinidadian steel band, as well as musical migration, transmission, pedagogy, and education. She has authored articles in Percussive Notes, Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century, and Double Voicing and Multiplex Identities: Unpacking Hegemonic and Subaltern Discourses in the Caribbean. She is an active member of The Society for Ethnomusicology and Percussive Arts Society, and serves as director of International Chapters for Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity.

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African music and dance, Trinidadian music, Community Music, Gender, hiphop, popular music, music transmission and pedagogy, Performance Practice

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Brain Health Research Institute, Global Understanding Research Initiative