Professor Garrett joined the U-M faculty after obtaining his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. His graduate work was supported by an AMS Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship as well as an AMS-50 Fellowship, and his dissertation received the Wiley Housewright Award from the Society for American Music (SAM). His book Struggling to Define a Nation: American Music and the Twentieth Century, published by University of California Press in 2008, was awarded the Irving Lowens Memorial Book Award by SAM and Honorable Mention for the Woody Guthrie Award by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (U.S. Branch). He coedited the collection Jazz/Not Jazz: The Music and Its Boundaries (2012) with David Ake and Daniel Goldmark. He served as editor-in-chief for The Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition (2013), which won the Prose Award for “Best Multivolume Reference Work” in Humanities and Social Sciences. He currently serves as president of SAM.
Professor Garrett’s research and teaching interests focus primarily on 20th-century music, American music, jazz, popular music, music, and racial/ethnic representation, and cultural theory. He has presented papers at a wide variety of national and international conferences, and his articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Echo, Notes, and American Music. He serves as one of the departmental advisors for the LSA Music major/minor and as co-director of the American Music Institute. He was a recipient of the U-M Faculty Recognition Award in 2014.
American Musicological Society
Society for American Music
Center for Black Music Research
International Association for the Study of Popular Music
“Pranksta Rap: Humor as Difference in Hip-Hop” in Changing the Subject: Difference in Musical Scholarship, eds. Olivia Bloechl, Jeffrey Kallberg, and Melanie Lowe (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
The Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition, ed. Charles Hiroshi Garrett. 8 vols., including online edition. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2013).
Jazz/Not Jazz: The Music and Its Boundaries, edited by David Ake, Charles Hiroshi Garrett and Daniel Goldmark (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2012).
“Shooting the Keys: Musical Horseplay and High Culture” in The Oxford Handbook to the New Cultural History of Music, ed. Jane F. Fulcher (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2011).
Struggling to Define a Nation: American Music and the Twentieth Century (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2008).
“The Musical Tactics of Ani DiFranco,” American Music 26:3 (2008), 378–97.
“Sleights of Time in the Music of Cassandra Wilson,” in Musicological Identities: Essays in Honor of Susan McClary, Sign of the Times, edited by Steven Baur, Raymond Knapp, and Jacqueline Warwick (Ashgate, 2008).
“Chinatown, Whose Chinatown? Defining America’s Borders with Musical Orientalism.” Journal of the American Musicological Society, 57:1 (2004): 119–73.
“Engaging Students,” in Teaching Controversial Aspects of American Music: A Panel Discussion. ECHO – a music-centered journal 6:2 (Fall 2004). Online at http://www.echo.ucla.edu
Review Essay. “Louis Armstrong: The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings.” American Music 22:2 (2004): 331–37.
Conference Report. “Isn’t It A Pity?” Criss Cross: Conversations About America’s Music, ECHO-a music-centered journal 5:1 (Spring 2003). Online at http://www.echo.ucla.edu
Book Review. “Stuart Nicholson, Reminiscing in Tempo: A Portrait of Duke Ellington.” Notes – Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 58:2 (2001): 374–75.
Selected Papers and Presentations
“Thrifting, Shaking, and Styling: Participatory Culture and Contemporary Pop,” presented at Harvard University, April 28, 2014.
“American Music in the Twenty-first Century: Constructing The Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition,” presented at Wuhan Conservator of Music (China), Central China Normal University, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, June 26-28, 2013.
“Music, Humor, and the Digital Revolution,” presented at Case Western Reserve University, January 25, 2013.
“Joking Matters: Humor and American Music,” presented at Michigan State University, March 30, 2012.
“‘Shooting the Keys’: Musical Horseplay and High Culture,” presented at Northwestern University, March 3, 2011.
“Joking Matters, Humor and American Music,” presented at the University of Chicago, February 11, 2010.
“Enterprising Students and the Future of the American Musicological Society,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society (AMS Presidential Forum), Philadelphia, PA, November 13, 2009.
“Money, Power, No Respect: Hip Hop and Humor,” presented at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA, April 28, 2009.
“You Gotta Hi–De–Ho: The Humor of Jazz,” presented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Music, San Antonio, TX, March 2, 2008.
“Sounds of Paradise: Hawai‘i and the American Musical Imagination,” presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Honolulu, HI, November 19, 2006.
“Jelly Roll Morton and the Spanish Tinge,” presented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Music, Cleveland, OH, March 10–14, 2004.
"The Production of Chinatown: Preparing a Journal Article," presented at the Music of the Americas Study Group meeting, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, September 17, 2004.
“Teaching Controversial Aspects of American Music,” presented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Music, Cleveland, OH, March 10–14, 2004.
“Nation Building in a Post-national World: Popular Music, Commercial Sports, and Corporate America,” presented at Practising Popular Music, the 12th biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Montreal, QC, July 3, 2003.
“Chinatown, Whose Chinatown? Defining the Nation with Musical Orientalism,” presented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Music, Tempe, AZ, February 27, 2003. Also presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US Branch), Cleveland, OH, October 13, 2002.
“Louis Armstrong and the Sound of Migration,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, Columbus, OH, November 1, 2002. Also presented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Music, Lexington, KY, March 10, 2002.
“‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’: Music, Sports, and Masculinity in Contemporary America,” presented at Crafting Sounds, Creating Meaning: Making Popular Music in the U.S., Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA, April 13, 2002.
“Re-Orienting the Dragon: Film Music Representations of Asia and Asian America,” presented at Music/Image in Media. New York University, June 9, 2001.
Editor–in–chief, The Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition. 2006–2013.
Review editor, Multimedia Products, Journal of the Society for American Music. 2006–2007.
Review editor, Multimedia Products, American Music. Journal of the Society for American Music. 2003–2006.
Assistant editor, American Music. Journal of the Society for American Music. 2000–2001.
Founding editorial board member and web designer, ECHO – a music-centered journal. 1999–2002, http://www.echo.ucla.edu
Teaching at the University of Michigan
Music of the United States
Music, Race, and Ethnicity
American Experimental Music
Contemporary Popular Music
History of Jazz
History of 20th-Century Music
History of Music (1750–present)
Music and Humor
Introduction to the Art of Music
Introduction to Popular Music
American Music and National Identity
Professor Charles Hiroshi Garrett
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