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janice mahinka

janice mahinka

Associate Professor Music


Dr. Mahinka is an Associate Professor of [Ethno]Musicology. Her teaching emphasizes the musical structures and cultural contexts of music practices, building ways for all students to understand, articulate, and convey musical affect and experience. She unabashedly admits an ulterior motivation to change the world through our experiences of music. In 2018, she received the Distinguished Teaching Award at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York for her outstanding dedication and inclusive teaching practices.


  • Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • M.Phil., The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • M.A., Boston University
  • B.M., University of Bridgeport

Research Interests

  • dance/music relationships, choreomusicology
  • musical affect
  • large- and small-scale rhythmic/metric/hypermetric frameworks
  • timespace


mahinka, janice. 2018. “The Musicality of Salsa Dancers: An Ethnographic Study.” PhD Dissertation, Graduate Center, CUNY.

mahinka, janice. 2018. “Salsa dura, clave, and the half-measure interruption: a multi-faceted analysis of Tommy Olivencia’s 1975 “Trucutú.” Unpublished paper presented at the City Music Analysis Conference (CityMAC 2018) and Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology 38th annual meeting.

mahinka, janice. 2017. “Tiene Sabor: A Metaphor for the Transmission of Musical Affect.” Unpublished paper presented at The Society for Ethnomusicology 62nd Annual Conference.

mahinka, janice. 2016. “I knew something was going to happen then, I just didn’t know what”: Hypermetric expectations in musical salsa dancers” Unpublished paper presented at The Society for Ethnomusicology 60th annual conference.

Courses Taught

  • MUS 201/MUS 202 Art of Listening I and II (two-semester Western art music survey)
  • MUS 216 World Music (Honors section offered in Fall semesters)
  • MUS 222 Popular Music in the United States


  • Music