Swift, Mark D.
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Mark Swift is an associate professor in the Department of Music at Washington & Jefferson College, and currently serves as chair of the department. He is a native of Staunton, Virginia, attended Davidson College for its intimate, liberal arts setting, where he focused his talent in piano study with Dr. James Swisher. During his undergraduate years, he broadened his interests to include music composition and ethnomusicology, spending a semester at Madras Christian College in south India.
After a period of travel that took him to 14 countries around the world, he enrolled in the graduate program in ethnomusicology at University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D., studying with Dr. Philip Schuyler, Dr. Josef Pacholczyk, and Ki Mantle Hood.
After leaving Baltimore, Dr. Swift taught for one year as a sabbatical replacement at Davidson College and has been at Washington & Jefferson since 1997, where he has served as director of the Freshman Forum program and teaches a variety of classes in world music, Western classical and vernacular musics, and music in environmental studies. His current research interests are focused on northeast Brazil and in developing innovative classroom pedagogies.