Dr. Sherri Canon, Ph.D. / Drums, Music History
Dr. Sherri Canon is an ethnomusicologist and drummer/percussionist. Her teaching experience includes Western music theory, popular music history, jazz appreciation, world music, drums, percussion, and piano. With thirty years experience as a drummer and percussionist, Sherri Canon has a deep history in the Austin, Texas music scene, having performed and recorded with a number of pop and rock bands. After studying music for a year at the University of Ghana in the 1990s, she directed African music ensembles in Austin for several years. A notable music teacher, Canon was awarded “Best Drum Teacher” by the Austin Chronicle.
Canon’s research and publications on the African immigrant Diaspora explore the links between music and dance, lifecycle rituals, identity, and kinship for West African immigrants in Southern California. Canon contributed a chapter about Ghanaian and Senegalese immigrant baby naming ceremonies to the book, African Minorities in the New World (2008), and a chapter about the late Nigerian popular musician, Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe, to the book, Nigeria in the Twentieth Century (2002).