Kyle DeCoste

PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology

Kyle DeCoste is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology from Nova Scotia, Canada. He holds a BA in music and arts administration from Bishop's University (2012) and an MA in musicology from Tulane University (2015). His research interests include African American music, intersectionality, queer theory, affect theory, childhood, futurity, collaborative ethnography, Black feminist theory, and popular culture. His dissertation listens to the politics of Black childhood in U.S. popular music.

Kyle has presented papers at conferences including the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Pop Conference, Feminist Theory and Music, and the US Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US) and has published peer-reviewed articles in Ethnomusicology and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. His first book, which is forthcoming on the University Press of Mississippi, is co-authored with the Stooges Brass Band and is titled Can't Be Faded: Twenty Years in the New Orleans Brass Band Game. A collaborative, twenty-year retrospective of New Orleans' brass band community sprinkled with ethnography, it explores the struggles, joys, and fraternal relationships forged and fortified by brass band musicians seeking to make a living playing music locally and abroad.

Kyle is a recipient of the David Sanjek Memorial Graduate Student Paper Prize (IASPM-US, 2019), the Maynard Klein Award (Tulane University, 2014), honorable mention for the Wong Tolbert Student Paper Prize (Society for Ethnomusicology, 2014), and a Global South Fellowship (New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, 2017).

Columbia Degrees: 
MPhil, Ethnomusicology
MA, Ethnomusicology
Degrees from Other Institutions: 
with honors
Bishop's University
Tulane University