I aim to bridge the often-separated domains of music research, writing, and performance, offer alternatives to the idea of the 'world music' ensemble, and emphasize critical and collaborative engagements with contemporary popular music in order to reflect the needs of music students in the 21st century.
Drum Kit Studies
Hand Percussion Performance
World and Popular Music Studies/Performance
Music, Religion and Politics
Music in Higher Education
Informal and Popular Music Pedagogy
Music in the Sharing Economy
Brennan, Matt, Pignato, J.M., and Stadnicki, D.A. (editors). Special Issue on ‘Drum Kit Studies’, Journal for Popular Music Education.
Brennan, Matt, Pignato, J.M., and Stadnicki, D.A. (editors). The Cambridge Companion to the Drum Kit. Under contract with Cambridge University Press.
Stadnicki, D.A. “Shake, Rattle...But Less Drums, Though: Drumming and Percussion in Americana Music” (chapter contribution for The Cambridge Companion to the Drum Kit).
Book Review. Stadnicki, D.A.. “Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice" by Nina K Eidsheim (2015). Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music.
Peer-reviewed article. Stadnicki, D.A. “Play Like Jay: Pedagogies of Drumming Performance After J Dilla.” Journal for Popular Music Education 1/3 (December)
Book Review. Stadnicki, Daniel Akira. “The Voice in the Drum: Music, Language, and Emotion in Islamicate South Asia” by Richard K Wolf (2014). Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies 2/2, pp. 213-215.
Academic Paper (co-author). Jaworski et. al. “Evaluating Youth Sexual Health Peer Education Programs: Challenges and Suggestions for Effective Evaluation Practices.” Journal of Education and Training Studies 1/1 (April 2013), pp. 227-234. 2012
Trade Publication. “On Gospel Drumming,” The Drummer’s Journal Issue #3 (May).
Research In Progress
Stadnicki, D.A. "(Re)sounding Martyrdom: ‘Persian Troping’ in Musical Representations of Iranian Baha’i Persecution.” (Journal Article)
Stadnicki, D.A. "Haptic Silence: Soundless Kits, Drumming Education, and the Noisy Drummer." (Journal Article)
Ideal Teaching Opportunities:
Developing undergraduate courses in World Music that blend studies-based research with applied musical activities (i.e. survey courses with a performance ensemble)
Leading a live instrumental hip-hop ensemble; Afro-beat ensemble; New-Grass/Chamber Grass Ensemble
Upper-year seminars on Music and Politics (particularly after 1979); Music and Religion, Ritual; Music and Social Justice; Global Hip Hop; Gastromusicology (music and food/cultural studies).
Drum kit and contemporary frame drum performance instruction
University Courses Taught
Music 103: Introduction to Popular Music (University of Alberta, Canada)
Music 102: Introduction to World Music (University of Alberta, Canada)
Drum kit performance (contemporary jazz, rock, pop, roots/folk, country, etc.)
World rhythms for drum kit (North and West African; South Indian; Scandinavian; Balkan; Turkish; Brazilian; Afro-Cuban)
Frame drums (lap-style; Ocean Drum)
Tambourines (Mediterranean/Italian grip; Swedish hand-held and mounted technique)