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Samuel Pena

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Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Biography: 

C. Samuel Peña (he/him), assistant director and clinical assistant professor in the Popular Music program, is a music producer, educator and percussionist whose work centers around building relationships through music. Peña holds a Masters in Music Education from Arizona State University and is the Founder and Director of AZ Beat Lab.

Before becoming assistant director, Peña served the School of Music Dance and Theatre as the Community Engagement coordinator and developed student engagement programs and community engagement initiatives for students within the local community, including Tunes at Noon, Mirabella at ASU’s Musician in residence program and the gig referral system.

Peña’s research and teaching focuses on participatory music and community engagement within the music practices of Popular Music, Hip-Hop and Afro-Latin-based music. He has been composing Hip Hop and electronic music and has been performing Latin music in Phoenix as a percussionist for the last two decades. Through his research and teaching and his performance and producing careers, Peña continues to share creative spaces with the community in order to gain a better understanding of how people around the world use music to communicate, connect and create with one another.

Education: 

 

Master of Music Education

Arizona State University

 

Post Baccalaureate, Spanish, Secondary Education

Rio Salado College 

 

Human Communication, Minor in Spanish and Psychology

Arizona State University

Research Interests: 

- Community Engagement

- Participatory Music

- Popular, Hip Hop, Latin Percussion music performance, pedagogy, and repertoire.

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
MSC 221Popular Music Lab
MSC 443Popular Music Forum
MUE 494Special Topics
MUE 598Special Topics
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
MSC 443Popular Music Forum
MSC 494Special Topics
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
MSC 443Popular Music Forum
MUP 489Ethnomusicology Ensembles
MUE 494Special Topics
MUP 587Ethnomusicology Ensembles
MUE 598Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 494Special Topics
MUE 598Special Topics
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 489Ethnomusicology Ensembles
MUE 494Special Topics
MUP 587Ethnomusicology Ensembles
MUE 598Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 494Special Topics
MUE 598Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 489Ethnomusicology Ensembles
MUE 494Special Topics
MUP 587Ethnomusicology Ensembles
MUE 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 489Ethnomusicology Ensembles
MUP 587Ethnomusicology Ensembles
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MUS 494Special Topics
MUS 598Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUS 494Special Topics
MUS 598Special Topics