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The Cimbál (Cimbalom) in Moravia

This page summarizes my 2008 dissertation, which which explored the folk culture and history of the cimbalom, a large hammered zither instrument, in Moravia.

Public Writing

A list of essays and posts that I have published on public websites, including for the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jesse Johnston

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Jesse Johnston is a researcher, archivist, librarian, administrator, and music scholar with extensive experience in the public sector, academic research, and teaching.

Posts

When Should You Reach out to a Funder?

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Speaking with a funder can be an effective way to see how your work best fits with current opportunities and priorities. This post offers pointers for how to initiate a conversation.

Building Jekyll Site Pages with Python

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After moving this site to jekyll, I developed a new python script to automatically generate individual pages for my teaching experiences. This post provides the code developed in a Jupyter notebook.

Wrangling Humanities Data: Finding and Describing Data

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This post begins a series that will walk through basic steps in a data preservation and analysis workflow. This step walks through the process of creating essential preservation metadata to transform a group of files into an archivable package. This is the first post in the “Wrangling NEH Data” series.

Arts & Humanities Grants: Beyond Fellowships

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Researchers in the arts and humanities often seek support for their work through fellowships and other awards that support single investigators. But don’t forget to look beyond those programs when seeking funding!

Strategies for Arts & Humanities Federal Grants

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Ever wondered how to apply for a federal grant for your arts project? This post summarizes some of the current grant and fellowship programs for artists and humanists.

Career Diversity in Ethnomusicology

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What paths might a career in ethnomusicology take? While teaching and research in academia are the most common, there are many varieties. This talk explored my own path and considers various ways that we might encourage greater “career diversity” in ethnomusicology.

Play/back: The Challenge to Select in Audio Archives

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A condensed version of my introductory remarks at a panel of audio archives projects at the National Endowment for the Humanities “Play/back” symposium on audiovisual preservation, on September 30, 2016.

Teaching

Introduction to World Music

Undergraduate course, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2009

This course surveyed selected traditional and popular music cultures from around the globe, while also teaching basic listening and writing skills.

Music of World Cultures

Undergraduate course, Bowling Green State University, 2009

This course surveyed selected traditional and popular music cultures from around the globe, while also teaching basic listening and writing skills.

Music of World Cultures

Undergraduate course, Bowling Green State University, 2010

This course surveyed selected traditional and popular music cultures from around the globe, while also teaching basic listening and writing skills.

Music Bibliography (MHM 503)

Graduate course, University of Michigan, 2012

This syllabus outlines a graduate course for music performers and researchers to understand the major reference resources and concepts for designing and carrying out music-focused research. The 2012 syllabus is available here.

Library Carpentry

Professional workshop, Library of Congress, 2020

Library Carpentry, a mode of instruction designed on the principles of participation and live coding developed by The Carpentries, presents an active curriculum for librarians to expand their digital skills. I first got involved with this professional workshop approach at the Library of Congress in 2018, and I have since taught workshops in-person and online, for learners at the Smithsonian, American University, Clemson University, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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