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Pete Breithaupt
Apprenticeship Program Coordinator

As the Program Coordinator for Texas Folklife’s Apprenticeships in the Folk & Traditional Arts Program, Pete works with a diverse range of tradition bearers to foster the continuation of Texas’s traditional arts and cultures through intensive mentorship. Pete is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin. Studying local and global music cultures of Tanzania, with a concern for issues of popular culture, urbanism, development, labor, cultural politics, and globalization, Pete’s research has been supported by Fulbright-IIE and the Presser Foundation. As a Fulbright Student Scholar (2018-2019), Peter interned with Nafasi Art Space, a leading center for the contemporary visual and performing arts in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Pete is also currently a lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he teaches courses on music and culture as well as applied percussion. Complementing his teaching and scholarly work, Pete maintains an active professional life as a drummer and percussionist. He tours internationally with Msafiri Zawose, one of Tanzania’s foremost Gogo musicians. Also, an old-time music enthusiast, Pete is a dedicated clawhammer banjo player.