Academic Appointments
 

Princeton University, July 2009–Present.
Assistant Professor of Musicology, Department of Music.
Associated Faculty, Department of East Asian Studies.
Affiliated Faculty, Program in Latin American Studies.
Executive Committee, Program in American Studies.


Courses taught
Undergraduate
  • Musical Cultures of the World (MUS 250/ANTH 250, Fall 2009)
  • Popular Music in Japan (MUS 254/EAS 254, Spring 2010, Spring 2013)
  • Taiko Drumming Workshop: Japanese and North American Perspectives, with Kaoru Watanabe (MUS 255/EAS 255, Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2014)
  • History of Popular Music: Rock, R&B, and Hip-Hop (MUS 265, Fall 2010)
  • Music in the Caribbean (MUS 259/LAS 259, Spring 2011)
  • Research Methods in Music (Junior Seminar, Fall 2012). 
Graduate
  • Analysis of Popular Music (MUS 509a, Spring 2010, Spring 2013)
  • Issues in Global Popular Music (MUS 509b, Spring 2011)
  • Analysis of Protest Music (MUS 509c, Fall 2014)
Advisement
  • Ph.D. dissertation, generalized theories of improvisatory processes in popular music. 
  • Ph.D. dissertation, models of jazz improvisation. 
  • Junior paper, arrangement of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony for steel pan, Spring 2013. 
  • Senior Thesis, "Links to Fantasy: The Music of The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and the Construction of the Video Game Experience," 2010. 
    • Selected for inclusion in The Thesis: Quintessentially Princeton, http://www.princeton.edu/pub/qp/reflections/grasso/
  • Junior paper, "The Expansion of the Artist-Led Format: A Survey of Alternative Digital Distribution Strategies for Independent Musicians," 2010.
International Research Center for Japanese Studies, February 2008–January 2009.
JSPS Research Fellow. 

 

For each of the courses below, I acted as the sole professor.

John Jay College, CUNY, January 2005–May 2009 (6 terms)

Adjunct Lecturer in Music. World music as an insight into immigrant cultures (MUS 104).

Brooklyn College, Conservatory of Music, January 2006–December 2007 (3 terms)  

Adjunct Lecturer in Music. Seminars in ethnomusicology, popular music, and analysis for master’s students and upper-division music majors.

  • Popular Music in North America and Britain, 1950-2005: History and Analysis (MUS 93/760.6, Fall 2007).
  • Musical Syncretism in Spain, Latin America, and Asia (MUS 44/785, Spring 2007)
  • Analysis of World Music (MUS 44/785, Spring 2006).
Marymount Manhattan College, September 2005–December 2006 (2 terms). 

Adjunct Lecturer in Music. World music for dance, theater, and liberal arts majors (MUS 110).