Kyle DeCoste

PhD Student in Ethnomusicology

Kyle DeCoste is a PhD student 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 explores the cultural politics of childhood in Black popular music in the United States.

He 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).

Kyle has presented his research 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). He was a staff contributor for SEM Student News from 2015-2017 and is currently an associate editor for Current Musicology. His article, "Street Queens: New Orleans Brass Bands and the Problem of Intersectionality" was published in Ethnomusicology in 2017. 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.

Columbia Degrees: 
MA, Ethnomusicology
2018
Degrees from Other Institutions: 
BA
with honors
Music
Bishop's University
2012
MA
Musicology
Tulane University
2015