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Podcast: Listening for Native Sounds in American Pop

Podcast: Listening for Native Sounds in American Pop


Podcast with Dr. Bjorn Mercer, Program Director, Communication, Philosophy, Religion, World Languages and the Arts, and Jonathan Hill, Faculty Member, School of Arts and Humanities, American Public University

Music is a powerful and evocative form of cultural expression. Through instruments, voices, and lyrics, the musicians of a particular culture communicate their values, beliefs, emotions, and identity.

In this podcast, American Public University faculty member Jonathan Hill and Program Director Dr. Bjorn Mercer discuss North American Indigenous music. Jonathan Hill discusses what is Indigenous music, what are popular expectations associated with the music, and how Indigenous music and musicians have shaped mainstream pop.

About the Speakers

Dr. Bjorn Mercer is a Program Director at American Public University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Missouri State University, a master’s and doctorate in music from the University of Arizona, and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. He writes about leadership, management and why the humanities and liberal arts are critical to career success. Dr. Mercer also writes children’s music.

Jonathan Hill is an assistant professor at American Public University. His academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in anthropology from Western Michigan University. Mr. Hill’s research interests include anthropology, sociology, ethnohistory, indigenous culture and American studies.