Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 12.01.34 PMDr. Janine Tiffe

Dr. Janine Tiffe recently received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Florida State University and is an instructor at the Kent State University School of Music and Department of Dance. She has served as director of two collegiate and one community steelband, co-directs the KSU African Ensemble, and instructs college level world music, rock/popular music, American roots music courses, and popular world music courses.

Her research interests include the African diaspora, particularly the Trinidadian steelband, as well as musical migration, transmission, pedagogy, and education. She has authored publications in Percussive Notes and musicians and composers of the 20th Century. As a pannist, Dr. Tiffe has performed and competed with Women in Steel in Brooklyn, NY and the Invaders Steel Orchestra in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and participated in a CD project of original works for steel band titled First Impressions (2011). She is an active member of The Society for Ethnomusicology, Delta Omicron, and the Percussive Arts Society.