My Story

I started playing banjo at fifteen because I wanted to create strange and beautiful sounds. I didn’t anticipate how many doors the banjo would open. It gave me so many new things and people to care about, 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. There’s an amazing freedom that comes with learning, especially when you’re surrounded by a supportive community that approaches learning with curiosity, compassion, critical engagement, humor, and spontaneity. Warren Wilson nurtures exactly that kind of community, and I’ve never been at a college or university that feels so much like home.


  • 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

  • Shasta Music Summit
  • Society for Ethnomusicology

Contact Dr. Krakauer

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