Faculty Details

N. Scott Robinson



B.A., Rutgers University

M.A., Kent State University

Ph.D., Kent State University


N. Scott Robinson received his Bachelor’s degree in Music/Anthropology from Rutgers University, Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology and Ph.D. in Musicology-Ethnomusicology/American History-Popular Culture Studies from Kent State University. Robinson’s education includes studies in performance, composition, and scholarship. At Rutgers University, his teachers included Noel DaCosta, Phil Corner, Daniel Goode, Keith Copland, Kenny Baron, Bill Fielder, William Moersch, and Robert Benford. His teachers of ethnomusicology, musicology, and culture studies at Kent State University were Terry Miller, William Kenney, Robert West, and Halim El-Dabh. He studied a variety of percussion privately with Glen Velez, Naná Vasconcelos, Malcolm Dalglish, Peter Erskine, Cosmas Magaya, Chaka Chawasarira, T.V. Vasan, Erode Nagaraj, Amrit Nataraj, and B. Shreesundarkumar.

Robinson’s ethnomusicological work appears in The Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, The Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, World Music: A Global Journey, Dance in My Life, and as contributing author on Hindustani music for Listen to This with Mark Evan Bonds. His reviews and ethnographic interviews are published in Percussive Notes, Modern Drummer, Rhythm Music, Dulcimer Players News, and Batera & Percussão. He has presented for Society of Ethnomusicology, International Society for Improvised Music, North American Frame Drum Association, International Native American-World Flute Association, International Guild of Musicians in Dance, American Choral Director’s Association, and Percussive Arts Society. Robinson has conducted fieldwork in India, Japan, South Korea, Italy, and the USA. 
He was recipient of a 2005-2006 Senior Performing Arts Fellowship from American Institute of Indian Studies-University of Chicago. Dr. Robinson is currently the Chair of the Percussive Art Society’s World Percussion Committee.

Robinson performs on the Grammy Award-winning CD Harlem Renaissance by Benny Carter. Wind & Fire by Mark Holland and N. Scott Robinson won a 2010 Indian Summer Music Award in Native American music. He has 13 compositions published by HoneyRock Publishing, has performed on 40 CDs/DVDs, and has worked as a percussionist with Paul Winter Consort, Glen Velez, Larry Coryell, Jeanie Bryson, Art Baron, Howard Levy, Jamey Haddad, Michael Formanek, Simon Shaheen, Bill Miller, R. Carlos Nakai, Joseph FireCrow, George Crumb, John Cage, Michael Colgrass, Cleveland Orchestra, New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Marilyn Horne, and Peter Mayer. He has performed at national and international music festivals and venues across the USA and in Canada, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, Italy, Germany, and Greece 

As an Assistant Professor for the Music Department at San Diego Mesa College, Dr. Robinson directs the World Music Ensemble, Applied Music-Percussion (all styles), and teaches courses in western music history, popular music, and ethnomusicology/world music including World Music, History of Rock Music, World Music Honors, World Music Online, and Introduction to Music.

Department(s): Music

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