Kathryn Metz


  • Director of Musical Studies
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Administrative Coordinator
  • Senior Lecturer


Kathryn Metz (she/her) is Director of Musical Studies, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Administrative Coordinator, and Senior Lecturer. Prior to these roles, Kathryn served as Humanities Department Chair at Hawken Upper School in Gates Mills, Ohio (2021-2022); Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Oberlin Conservatory (2017-2021); and Manager of Community and Family Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio (2008-2017).  

Kathryn holds her Ph.D. and M.M. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin (2010) and her B.M. in Ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University (2001). Her doctoral research focused on popular music in the urban Amazon of Peru and her current research interests center on pop music pedagogy, music and social justice in Cleveland's music and arts communities, and education equity.

2021- “Apply What? Activate Ethnomusicology from the Beginning.” in Beyond The Field: Public Roles and Practices for Ethnomusicologists, Eds. León Garcia Corona and Kathleen Wiens. New York: Oxford University Press, September 2020     

2020- with Jason Hanley. “The Piano Man’s Artifacts” in We Didn’t Start the Fire: Billy Joel and Popular Music Studies. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, March 2020

2020- “How popular music scholarship can inform community engagement & K-12 education” in Journal of World Popular Music. Vol. 7.1, June 2020

2015- “¡Cumbia! ¡Chicha! ¡“Pandilla”! Música pop en la Amazonía urbana.” In Raúl Romero (ed.) Música popular y sociedad en el Perú contemporáneo. (Lima, Peru: Instituto de Etnomusicología – IDE Pontiicia Universidad Católica del Perú)

2013- “Pandillar in the Jungle: Regionalism and Tecno-Cumbia in Amazonian Peru.” In Cumbia! Scenes of a Migrant Latin American Music Genre, edited by Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste and Pablo Vila (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press), 2013

Spring 2024

The History of Rock: Race, Class, Gender, Place — CAST 106
The History of Rock: Race, Class, Gender, Place — CAST 106OC

Fall 2024

“It’s a Hip Hop World!”: How Hip Hop Changed America--and Beyond — CAST 204