Music and Philosophy double major Jonathan Heins’s research on Mongolian folk rock appears in the debut issue of Forbes and Fifth, Pitt’s new journal of undergraduate research. You can read excerpts and listen to musical examples from “New Representations of the ‘Golden Lineage’: The Mongolian Folk Rock of Altan Urag” at OUR Pitt, the blog of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. Heins’s article for Forbes and Fifth was a direct result of his study abroad in Mongolia in the fall of 2011. Additionally, he completed a Brackenridge Research Fellowship through the Honors College in the summer of 2011 on the music of Swedish heavy metal band Meshuggah.
The fifth-year senior’s scholarly work exemplifies new initiatives in undergraduate research at Pitt being spearheaded by the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. This office connects Dietrich School undergraduates with opportunities to earn credits outside the classroom by engaging in research activities that are directly tied to current coursework. Along with Heins, Music major Harry Jamison (piano and composition) received funding for an analytical project.
Heins has participated in the University of Pittsburgh Carpathian Ensemble since his freshman year as a percussionist (playing the tapan and the doumbek). He plans to go to graduate school for music theory and cognition focusing his research on rhythm, meter, and musical form.
Update: Jonathan Heins’s presentation, originally scheduled for October 30 from 7–9 p.m. at the William Pitt Union, has been postponed. We will announce any further events involving Department of Music Undergrads and OUR as we receive the information. This article was revised and expanded on October 16, 2012.