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Peter Joon Park


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Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of Washington, 2014
M.A., Ethnomusicology, University of Washington
B.S., Mathematics - Computer Science, University of Washington

Peter Joon Park is a Ph.D. Can­di­date cur­rently com­plet­ing his dis­ser­ta­tion about Korean p’ungmul gut (per­cus­sion music rit­u­als) and the inte­gra­tion of tra­di­tions with mod­ern iden­ti­ties. A second-generation Korean Cana­dian, he has per­formed and recorded Korean tra­di­tional music in Canada, USA, and South Korea since 1995. He teaches Korean per­cus­sion to music edu­ca­tors as part of the Smith­son­ian Folk­ways Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Course in World Music Ped­a­gogy, and to mid­dle and high school stu­dents in the Edmonds School District’s Sum­mer Music School.

He has taught Korean gayagŭm (12-string zither) and janggu (hour­glass drum) atUW and was a Teach­ing Assis­tant for Music Cul­tures of Asia. As part of a paid intern­ship at North­west Folk­life, he pro­duced a CD called Han Madang: Musi­cal Tra­di­tions of Korea, which fea­tures record­ings from the UW Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy Archives. In his master’s the­sis (for MA in Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy from UW), he exam­ined the con­nec­tions between Korean shaman rit­ual music and court music.

He also taught Indone­sian game­lan music at Seat­tle Pacific Uni­ver­sity and Pacific Lutheran Uni­ver­sity, and per­formed with Game­lan Paci­fica and Game­lan North­west for sev­eral years. He has a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence degree in Math­e­mat­ics with a con­cen­tra­tion in Com­puter Sci­ence from UW.