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Dr. Robert J. Damm

Dr. Robert J. Damm

African American Studies and Music
Phone: (662)325-7728
Email: rdamm@colled.msstate.edu
Fax: (662) 325-0250
Curriculum Vita

Dr. Robert J. Damm is Professor of Music and Director of Music Education Partnerships at MSU. He has studied music and culture in Cuba, Ghana, and Mali. He has published articles concerning the positive effects of drumming on children with autism, the jembe in Mali, Mississippi hill country fife and drum, the bamboula rhythm of New Orleans, the fanga rhythm and dance, classic rudimental snare drum repertoire, samba, and the udu (musical clay pot) of Nigeria. His current research is focused on drum circles as well as musical traditions of the African diaspora (i.e. Pinkster, Congo Square, and Junkanoo). He is a certified Orff-Schulwerk teacher who presents musical concepts through singing, dancing, drama, and the use of percussion instruments. He is a Smithsonian Folkways certified teacher of world music having completed training in world music pedagogy at the University of Washington. Dr. Bob’s teaching reflects his commitment to community engagement, best practices in interdisciplinary collaboration, experiential learning, and the African philosophy of human interconnectedness known as Ubuntu.