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Matthew Blackmar

Matthew Blackmar
  • Guest Artist/Teacher in Music History
  • Department of Music
  • Phone: 401.874.2431
  • Email:
  • Mailing Address: Department of Music
    Fine Arts Center, Suite E
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


Matthew Blackmar is a music historian specializing in the sociology and politics of musical meaning and listening via technologies of mass­mediated musical reproduction, literacy, cultural transfer, and commerce over the course of the “long” twentieth century. He received master’s degrees in musicology from Harvard University and California State University, Long Beach, following undergraduate study in music history and piano in the Joint Music Program of the Claremont Colleges. Prior to graduate study, he worked as a performing musician in Hollywood, contributing keyboards, programming, and string arrangements to an eclectic assortment of rock, pop, hip­hop and heavy­metal recordings. He now performs as a DJ in the Boston area.


  • Master’s Degree in Musicology, Harvard University
  • Master’s Degree in Musicology, California State University
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Joint Music Program, Claremont Colleges

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