373 Ryder Hall

Emmett G. Price III, PhD

Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology & Music Industry

Prof. Emmett G. Price III is an associate professor of music. Formerly the chair of the Department of African American Studies (2008-2012) at Northeastern University, Dr. Price is one of the nation’s leading experts on African American Music and Culture as well as cutting edge research on bridging the generational divide. A well regarded musician, educator, speaker and consultant, Dr. Price actively researches, lectures and writes about African American Music with a focus on social, political, economic, cultural and religious analysis. He is a noted print and broadcast media expert on African American Music and Culture, The Black Church, Hip Hop Culture and Youth Culture.  Dr. Price is also a widely sought after motivational speaker to youth and young professionals as well as to corporations and non profits engaging youth and young professionals.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Price received a B.A. in music from the University of California, Berkeley and both M.A. and Ph.D. in music (ethnomusicology) from the University of Pittsburgh.  He has accomplished research fellowships at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, where he served as the lead scholar on the Rhythm & Flow Initiative – a research project studying the various intersections of music and sport. Past honors include recognition by the Boston Business Journal as “an Emerging Leader” and was awarded the “African Americans Making History Today: Living Legend Award” from the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School.

Dr. Price is the editor of editor of The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide(Scarecrow Press, 2012), executive editor of the Encyclopedia of African American Music (Greenwood/ ABC-CLIO, 2011), author of Hip Hop Culture (ABC-CLIO, 2006). Along with numerous commissioned writings and book length chapters, his work can be found in African American Review, American Music, Ethnomusicology, International Jazz Archives Journal, GIA Quarterly: A Liturgical Music Journal, NOTES: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, the Boston Herald and the Boston Banner. His article, “What’s New? The Effect of Hip-Hop Culture on Everyday English” for the U.S. Department of State’s electronic journal, eJournalUSA has been translated into five languages and continues to receive great international acclaim. He is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Popular Music Studies, the academic journal of the United States Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM).

A professional musician, Dr. Price has performed throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Paris and the United Kingdom as both a solo artist and as a sideman. As a composer and arranger he has worked with internationally lauded poet and playwright, Ed Bullins, the Greater Boston/ Cambridge John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble, the Zamir Chorale of Boston and numerous gospel choirs, sacred music ensembles and jazz bands around the nation.  On the occasion of the inauguration of Northeastern University’s 7thPresident, Dr. Joseph Aoun, Dr. Price was commissioned to compose and perform “Reflections on NU Illuminated.”  Dr. Price led an All-Star Band of Music Department Faculty for the historic event.

Dr. Price is one of the most popular professors on campus.  His course on Jazz (MUSC 1112) has populated well in the 500’s since 2003.  Other courses taught include: Survey of African American Music, Music of Africa, World Music, Music as Social Expression and Introduction to Ethnomusicology.  He is routinely nominated by his students for the coveted “Excellence in Teaching Award.”

Dr. Price is very active on campus.  He has served on the Faculty Senate, the College of Arts and Sciences College Council, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Council of Chairs and many other departmental, college and university-wide committees.  In addition to serving as a Legacy 2000 mentor and faculty advisor for the No Limits Dance Crew, he is the co-producer of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert (JCMC), co-manager of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert Educational Outreach Program (JCMCEOP) and the co-leader of the Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project (ACMRP), a 5-week research excursion to the Caribbean as part of the Dialogue of Civilization program.

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