New Faculty Q&A: James Gabrillo, Assistant Professor, Musicology/Ethnomusicology

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Tell us about the classes you’ll be teaching this year.

James Gabrillo, Assistant Professor, Musicology/Ethnomusicology


James Gabrillo, Assistant Professor, Musicology/Ethnomusicology


This fall, I’m excited to teach Global Popular Music, which will examine diverse and contemporary musical scenes from around the world. I’m also teaching Popular Music, Criticism, Journalism, where we’ll look at styles and techniques for writing compelling music profiles, performance reviews, critical commentaries, and personal essays. In the spring, I’m teaching two graduate seminars: Music of the Philippines, a survey of my home country’s musical history and current traditions, and Music and Digital Humanities, a critical exploration of digital methods and technologies for research. 

What attracted you to the Butler School of Music and The University of Texas at Austin?

The exceptional and inspiring community of faculty and students — I’m honored and incredibly lucky to be joining you all. 

I understand your research/creative work focuses Musicology/Ethnomusicology. Can you tell us more about how your professional pathway led to this focus?

Prior to pursuing graduate studies, I worked as a journalist and editor for a decade, specializing in popular music and multimedia. The academic fields of musicology and ethnomusicology have allowed me to deepen my work, pursue longitudinal cultural explorations, and collaborate with many amazing individuals.

What’s something that students and colleagues should know about you?

I’ll always be a reporter at heart: I find most things fascinating and would love to listen to your stories, so don’t hesitate to get in touch anytime.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not teaching/researching/working?

Cooking, baking, and trying out different types of cuisines — and taking care of my four-year-old shih tzu, Gio.

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