Ryan Bañagale ’00 earned his Ph.D. in musicology from Harvard University after receiving an M.A. in music history from the University of Washington and majoring in music and drama at Colorado College. He also taught at CC as a Riley Scholar-in-Residence in the music department in 2011-12.
Both his teaching and research focus on the process of constructing historical narratives from music, using music as a window into aspects of various cultures. To enrich his music studies and teaching, Bañagale routinely uses source materials from under-represented traditions and cultures.
His specific teaching interests include American jazz, rock, and pop music, as well as the music of Asia and of Asian Americans. Bañagale’s research on Asian music focuses on gong and percussion ensembles, as well as sacred music and the diaspora.
His work has been supported by the American Musicological Society’s AMS-50 and Howard Mayer Brown fellowships. In addition to maintaining a musicological blog, he is working on expanding his dissertation on Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue" into a manuscript for Oxford University Press, which considers a host of performances and interpretations of the piece over the course of the 20th century.