Trax on the Trail – GC students create research website about presidential campaign music

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  • Created by assistant professor of music at Georgia College Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, Trax on the Trail ( has contributors across the country, and seeks to map the musical landscape of a presidential campaign for the first time in history.
  • Sarah Kitts, junior music student at Georgia College, is one of four research assistants for Trax on the Trail. She and other researchers are constantly tracking all musical activity on the campaign trail, including music used in candidate advertisements, songs played at campaign events and fundraising concerts, and campaign-themed music created by users on sites such as YouTube. Quote: “As a student and researcher, I have learned so much about presidential campaigns I had never even considered … It is interesting to see the music that each candidate chooses and how it fits into their campaign,” Kitts said.
  • The Music Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has taken interest in Trax on the Trail.
  • Trax on the Trail uses FacebookTwitter and Tumblr to regularly post related articles from media outlets to inspire thought and engagement in followers who are interested in the subject. Trax on the Trail staff will also join with WRGC 88.3 FM to host a regular radio show for listeners who want to learn more about campaign music.



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