Dr Dave Wilson

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Lecturer, Jazz Studies School of Music


Teaching in 2020


PhD in Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles, MA in Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles, BME in Music Education/Saxophone, Indiana University


  • Lecturer, Music Studies - Jazz Studies


Dave Wilson is lecturer in the Music Studies programme at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, where his teaching primarily focuses on histories, cultures, and practices related to jazz and improvisation.

His research interests include how music and sound relate to nationalism, belonging, power, intangible cultural heritage, transnational networks of taste, the construction of social space, and the nature of scenes.

His music appreciation textbook Gateways to Understanding Music (Routledge), co-authored with Timothy Rice, was released in 2019, and his work has also been published in Yearbook for Traditional Music, Commoning Ethnography, and Music & Politics. Based on long-term ethnographic research in southeastern Europe, his PhD dissertation approaches several cases from music scenes in North Macedonia to explore how human music making makes spaces for belonging through collaborative sonic and social practices.

Dave’s work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Councils of International Education, and the Herb Alpert Foundation. His research is also intertwined with his work as a composer and performer exploring the intersections of a number of musical traditions.

Prior to joining the New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī, Dave has held positions as Lecturer at UCLA and as visiting professor of jazz studies at ‘Goce Delčev’ University in Macedonia.


Dave Wilson's website

Gateways to Understanding Music (Routledge website)


Teaching in 2020