Joshua Navon

PhD Student in Historical Musicology

I am a fifth-year graduate student in Historical Musicology. Before
undertaking my PhD at Columbia, I completed both my Bachelor's and Master's
degrees in music at Royal Holloway, University of London, the latter being
supported by an AHRC fellowship.

As an instructor, I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the Core Curriculum’s
Music Humanities course during the past couple of years. More recently, I
have had the good fortune to teach guitar in local elementary schools through
Columbia’s ‘Musical Mentors’ program.

My research interests are focused on various aspects of musical culture in
nineteenth-century Europe and the United States. My current dissertation
project, advised by Prof. Walter Frisch and provisionally entitled "Making
musical expertise: The emergence of German institutionalized training,
1840-1910," explores the emergence of elite music-educational institutions in
the middle and latter decades of the nineteenth century in Germany. Drawing
heavily from perspectives developed in the history of science, the sociology
of culture, and the sociology of expertise, I seek to show how the emergence
of music conservatories and Musikwissenschaft in German universities affected
not only the ways that musicians and music scholars were trained, but also
the kinds of knowledge and practice produced within communities of art
musicians.

Columbia Degrees: 
MA, Historical Musicology