Sean Peters is pursuing a Ph.D. in Musicology at Cornell University, specializing in Ethnomusicology. He holds a B.A. in Music (magna cum laude) from Texas Woman’s University where he was a member of the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. He is studying in pursuit of the Master of Arts degree in Music (Ethnomusicology) at the University of North Texas where his thesis "Listening in the Living Room: The Pursuit of Authentic Spaces and Sounds in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Do It Yourself (DIY) Punk Rock" was recently accepted, and he is scheduled to graduate in Fall 2017.
He recently presented his paper "Speaking Through Noise: Punks in the Studio and the Importance of the Experiential" at the Society for Ethnomusicology-Southwest Chapter's conference in Salt Lake City, Utah where he won the Joann W. Kealiinohomuku Award for the Best Student Paper. His research interests include punk rock, hip-hop, and sound studies. His current work examines the significance of sound and how sound, and its indexical associations, are used by musicians to create unique experiences for listeners.