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Daniel Akira Stadnicki holds a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Alberta, where he teaches 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. Daniel has published on drumming topics in the Journal of Popular Music EducationThe Drummer's Journal, and is currently co-editing both the 'Cambridge Companion to the Drum Kit' and a special issue on drumming for the Journal of Popular Music Education.


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.

Research keywords

Drum Kit Studies; Baha'i Musicianship; Iranian Baha'i religious persecution; World Music Curriculum; Popular Music Studies; Informal Music Pedagogy; Collaborative Ethnography; Music, Religion and Politics Music in Higher Education; Music in the Sharing Economy.

Forthcoming and select publications

Stadnicki, D.A. "Towards a Percussive Theory for the Sound Studies Moment." (In-preparation). 
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:

editorial duties


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.