My Story

When I started playing banjo at fifteen I didn’t anticipate how many doors it would open. It connected me to new people, raised complex questions, and provided an activity that I always wanted to return to. I experienced something similar when I began exploring other interests in college, like ethnomusicology, South Asian studies, and literature. Each of these brought—and continues to bring—both a sense of freedom and a heightened sense of accountability for my own actions and inactions in the world. At Warren Wilson, I seek growth opportunities for my students, colleagues, and myself by approaching learning with curiosity, compassion, collaboration, and critical engagement.


  • B.A. in Music, University of Virginia
  • M.A. in Music (Ethnomusicology), Tufts University
  • Ph.D. in Music (Ethnomusicology), University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

  • Folk music revival in South Asia and North America
  • Critical issues in popular music
  • Composing, arranging, and improvising in new acoustic music

Courses Taught

  • MUS 1120: Music Cultures of the World
  • MUS 1201: Intro to Music Theory
  • MUS 1650: Bluegrass Banjo

Crews and Other Activities

  • Supervisor of the Music Crew
  • Traditional Music Program Coordinator
  • Society for Ethnomusicology

Contact Dr. Krakauer

(828) 771-3048
Kittredge 129
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815