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September 2019 Ethnomusicology Student of the Month - Elaine Sandoval

Monday, September 16, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Elaine Sandoval
Graduate Center, City University of New York; Min-On Music Research Institute

Concentration of Study: coloniality and decolonizing practices; music curricula, pedagogies, and educational institutions; música llanera (music from the Colombia-Venezuela plains region); El Sistema; nationalism, space, and the state; social justice, violence, and peacebuilding.

Expected Date of Graduation: Summer 2020

Biography: Elaine Sandoval is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). She conducted dissertation fieldwork in Venezuela between 2016-2018, on the music education for social inclusion program, El Sistema. Elaine's research examines El Sistema's recent efforts to include traditional Venezuelan music, specifically focusing on the pedagogies of música llanera within the program Alma Llanera in the plains region of Guárico state. Her work critically reframes the concepts of cultural inclusion and representation associated with diversifying music education. She explores how national identity and the current crises are implicated in the cultural spaces reproduced by these programs.

Elaine is Associate Research Fellow for the Min-On Music Research Institute on Music in Peacebuilding, and was formerly a Public Humanities Fellow with Humanities New York and a Sistema Fellow at New England Conservatory. She has worked for the Knowledge Center at the League of American Orchestras, for the music education assessment and evaluation firm WolfBrown, and as Research Manager for Sistema Global. Elaine has served as a mentor within the CUNY Pipeline Program, which supports undergraduates from groups underrepresented in academia to enter PhD programs, and she has taught undergraduate and graduate level music courses at Brooklyn College, CUNY. With Natalie Oshukany, Elaine recently co-published a review of current Open Educational Resources (OER) in ethnomusicology; they are currently working on a project at CUNY to create original ethnomusicology OER. Elaine received her Master’s in music from Oxford University and her BA from Soka University of America. 


William Randolph Hearst Dissertation Year Award (2019-2020)

SEM Student Conference Travel Award (2018)

CUNY Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Summer Travel Fellowship (2018)

Humanities New York Public Humanities Fellowship (2017-2018)

Fulbright IIE Study Award, Venezuela (2016-2017)

SEM Annual Meeting Subvention Award (2015)

CUNY Graduate Center Presidential Magnet Fellowship (2014-2019)

International Society for Music Education Steve Dillon World Conference Award (for research in music and social justice, 2014)


2018. Co-Editor (with Michael Golden, Craig Robertson, and Olivier Urbain). Music and Arts in

Action 6(2): Special Issue: Keywords for Music in Peacebuilding.

2016. “Potential contributions of music education to peacebuilding: curricular concerns.” Journal of Peace Education 13(3):  238-251.

2016. “Music in peacebuilding: a critical literature review.” Journal of Peace Education 13(3): 200-217.


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