About the Professor
Dr. Barry T. Bilderback is an assistant professor of music history and ethnomusicology with the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music. Every summer since 2008, Dr. Bilderback has led an international study abroad course to Ghana, and this year he is including an East Africa component to the experience. His work in Africa is recognized by the National Association for Study Abroad and Study Abroad Faculty and Professionals. In May of this year, for his Africa-based educational accomplishments, Dr. Bilderback was granted Fulbright Specialists Program Scholar and Faculty Member status. This national, peer-reviewed, and merit-based position, which recognizes accomplishments in the areas of internationally-based scholarship and teaching, is made possible through the recognition and directives of the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board (FFSB), the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).
Dr. Bilderback’s article for NAFSA’s International Educator (March/April 2012), titled "Study Abroad: A Portal to Student Transformation," discusses his experiences in creating, leading, and sustaining the course. Also, based on their 2012 Ghanaian fieldwork, he and Kevin Woelfel (Lionel Hampton School of Music Director, 2006-20013) published the article "A Perspective on Coastal Ghana’s Musical and Social Rhythms: One Is Not Where We Think It Is But Is Always Where It Should Be" for the Journal of Pan African Studies (Vol. 5 No. 8, December, 2012). This last May, he also served as keynote speaker for a conference on African indigenous music held in Uganda (Kyambogo University), and his article "Off the Beaten Path: A Case for Kpanlogo Music and Tradition" has recently been accepted for The Percussive Arts Society’s Percussive Notes.