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Ashwin Suseendran

PhD Student

Ashwin Suseendran is a PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology, as well as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and teacher. His work explores immersive, collaborative experiences for music students, the impacts of live music on communities, improvisational practices, psychedelic culture, and jazz fusion. He performs solo and with bands across California and the Northeastern US, and teaches private lessons and music classes at preschools, elementary schools, and middle schools around the Bay Area. 

Research Interests: 
  • Immersive, collaborative experiences for music students
  • Impacts of live music on communities
  • Improvisational practices
  • Psychedelic culture 
  • Jazz fusion
Honors and Awards: 

2022: Regents Fellowship - UCSC

2022: Pennsylvania Music Educators Association/Society for Music Teacher Education Award for Excellence in Scholarship - Temple University

2020: Vice Provost Arts Grant for mridangam, tabla, and fusion research - Temple University

2019: Rida Davis Scholarship for Service in Music Education - Temple University

Education and Training: 
Bachelor of Music with Honors in Music Education and Jazz Studies (Piano Concentration)
with Minor in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University