Kyle DeCoste

PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology

Kyle DeCoste (he/him) is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology from New Glasgow, 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, collaborative ethnography, Black feminist theory, and popular culture. His dissertation attends to the aesthetics and radical politics of childhood in contemporary Black American popular music.

Kyle has presented papers at conferences including the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), Pop Conference, Feminist Theory and Music, the US and Canadian branches of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US, IASPM-Canada), the American Studies Association (ASA), the American Folklore Society (AFS), and the American Musicological Society (AMS). He has published articles in Ethnomusicology, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and SEM Student News. His first book, which he co-authored with the Stooges Brass Band, 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 Zora Neale Hurston Prize (AFS, 2021), the Social Justice Paper Prize (SEM, 2021), the Peter Narváez Memorial Student Paper Prize (IASPM-Canada, 2021), the David Sanjek Memorial Student Paper Prize (IASPM-US, 2019), the Maynard Klein Award (Tulane University, 2014), and honorable mention for the Wong Tolbert Student Paper Prize (SEM, 2014). His research has been supported by a Global South Research Grant from the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South (2017), an Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship from the Society for American Music (2020), and a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2020).

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