Music Lecture, Music History
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Office: MUSC 235
Matt Mihalka joined the Music Faculty at the University of Arkansas in 2011. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Musicology/Ethnomusicology from the University of Minnesota and his B.M.E. in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Central Missouri. While at the University of Central Missouri he studied tuba with Charles McAdams and Lee Harrelson, and double bass with Michael Bersin.
His research interests include American popular culture, 19th & 20th century orchestral music, and music in everyday life. His dissertation, “From the Hammond Organ to ‘Sweet Caroline’: The Historical Evolution of Baseball’s Sonic Environment,” explored the use of music during baseball games during the past hundred years, which he presented as a case study on the production and consumption of music in American society as a whole. For his dissertation, he received a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Minnesota for the 2009-2010 academic year. He has presented papers at the annual meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for American Music, and the American Musicological Society. His publications include a chapter on Ultramarathons & Ironman triathlons in American History through American Sports and numerous encyclopedia articles on musicians, composers, and athletes. Outside of academia he enjoys training for marathons and triathlons, and as of 2012 has completed 10 marathons.