Peter Kvetko

Professional Details

Title Chairperson
Department Music and Dance
Office Classroom Building 267
Phone 978.542.6570
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

FYMU 100 First Year Seminar (music)
MUS 112 Introduction to World Music
MUS 113H Honors Intro to World Music
MUS 180 Small Music Ensembles
MUS 320 History of Rock Music
MUS 511N Seminar II for Music Majors

Professional Biography

B.A. in English (Wittenberg University) M.Mus. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology (Univ of Texas at Austin) Peter Kvetko teaches courses in ethnomusicology and popular music studies, directs the World Music Ensemble, and offers private lessons on sitar, tabla and mbira at Salem State University. His primary research interests focus on the popular music cultures of North India. He also performs Javanese gamelan music with Gamelan Laras Tentrem and traditional Shona music with Samanyanga Mbira Group. Dr. Kvetko joined the music department in 2007 and has also taught at Tufts, Wellesley, Brandeis, Northeastern, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Selected Publications

----       “A Sense of the City: Embodied Practice and Popular Music in Mumbai.” In Music and Everyday Life in South Asia. Zoe Sherinian and Sarah Morelli, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (forthcoming)

2020    "It's Rocking? Exploring Sound and Intimacy through Mumbai's Faltering Indipop Music Industry." In Indian Sound Cultures Indian Sound Citizenship. Laura Brueck, Jacob Smith, and Neil Verma eds. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

2017     “Antakshari in Maine Pyar Kiya: Intertextual Pleasures and Musical Medleys at the Dawn of a New Era in Hindi Cinema.” In Music in Contemporary Indian Film: Memory, Voice, Identity. Jayson Beaster-Jones and Natalie Sarrazin, eds. New York: Routledge.

2013     “Mimesis and Authenticity: The Case of ‘Thanda Thanda Pani’ and Questions of Versioning in North Indian Popular Music.” In More Than Bollywood: Studies in Indian Popular Music. Greg Booth and Bradley Shope, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2012     Co-editor with Nilanjana Bhattacharjya, special issue on music for The Journal of South Asian Popular Culture 10.3

2008     “Private Music: Individualism, Authenticity, and Genre Boundaries in the Bombay Music Industry.”  In Popular Culture in a Globalised India, K. Moti Gokulsing and Wimal Dissanayake, eds.  New York: Routledge.

2004     “Can the Indian Tune Go Global?”  TDR: The Drama Review 48.4: 183-191.