Call for Papers (click link)

International Drum Kit Studies Conference

(Sept. 9-10, 2022)

Boston university

Co-organized with Dr. Virginia Wayman Davis (Professor of Music Education, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) + Dr. Gareth Dylan Smith (Assistant Professor of Music Education,

Boston University).


Daniel Akira Stadnicki holds a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Alberta, where he taught courses in both World and Popular Music Studies. With the support of a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Daniel's dissertation research explored musical narratives and representations of Iranian Baha'i persecution, focusing on the global aesthetics of 'Persianness' in the Baha'i Faith and the founding of the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education in Tehran. He is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University and outgoing Program Manager for DIALOGUES (Cape Breton University): an international research initiative that seeks to decolonize music, sound, and dance studies. In addition to teaching drum kit and leading the Percussion Ensemble at MacEwan, Daniel Akira also performs regularly with a range of award-winning Alberta artists, appearing on recent releases by Farhad Khosravi, T. Buckley, Dana Wylie, Braden Gates, Daniel Gervais, among others. Daniel has published on drumming topics in the Journal of Popular Music EducationThe Drummer's Journal, and co-edited both the 'Cambridge Companion to the Drum Kit' (2021) and a special issue on drumming for the Journal of Popular Music Education (2021).


I am a drummer, world popular music educator, and facilitator for aspiring music-makers. 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.

Forthcoming and select publications


“Insights of the Talk (An Elephant in the Room: Tracking an Awkward Anthropology).” Collaborative response to Dr. Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston. With Rana El Kadi, Rajat Nayyar, and Alize Arican.Emergent Futures CoLab. Stable URL:

Stadnicki, D.A. "PS 752: The Sounds of Memorialization." (Blog post for the Canadian Society for Traditional Music).

Stadnicki, D.A. “Shake, Rattle, and Rolls: Drumming and the Aesthetics of Americana” (chapter contribution for The Cambridge Companion to the Drum Kit).


Stadnicki, D.A. "Hidden Words and Sounds: Tracing Iranian Legacies and Traumas in the Music of the Baha'is of North America." PhD Dissertation, University of Alberta (Music). 


Stadnicki, D.A. “Play Like Jay: Pedagogies of Drumming Performance After J Dilla.” Journal for Popular Music Education 1/3 (September), pp. 253-280. 


“Ben Reimer: The Man with the Golden Arms,” The Drummer’s Journal, Issue #4 (August). Online Access:



“On Gospel Drumming,” Invited article for The Drummer’s Journal, Issue #3 (May). Online Access:


“Enjoying Gospel Drumming: The Problematic Interpretation of Black Musicianship Via Post-Racial Ideology.” SysMus12: Systematic Musicology Conference (Conference Proceedings), University of Montreal. Online access: http://

editorial duties

Forsyth, Meghan, Ostashewski, Marcia, and Stadnicki, D.A. (Guest Eds.). Special Issue on ‘Anti-Racist Pedagogies.’ MusiCultures (Spring).

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 (Cambridge University Press).