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Collegiate Teaching

 

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Teaching Assistant:

Music 2070: Popular Musics, Spring 2017
Music 4543: Experimental Technique in Recording and Production, Fall 2016

Music 2370: Make Rock, Spring 2016
Music 2350: Technosonics, Fall 2015
Music 2370: Make Rock, Fall 2014
Music 3370: Songwriting, Fall 2013

Instructor:
Music 3334: Musicianship II, Spring 2015
Music 3332: Musicianship I, Spring 2014

Mentor:
Music Composition Mentor, 2014-2016

 

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Music 9: Music and Technology, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2011, Spring 2013

Music 23: Timbre and Form, Substitute Teacher, Fall 2012
Music 1: Beginning Music Theory, Ear Training Instructor, Summer 2012

Music 22: Harmony and Rhythm, Substitute Teacher, Spring 2012

 

New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA
THYG 556: PsychoPhysical Analysis: Vocal Tone Color, Teaching Assistant, Spring 2011

THYG 902: Doctoral Seminar: Theoretical Studies, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2010

 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Mathematics and Physics Tutor, Tutoring and Academic Resource Center, 2008

 

Beloit College, Beloit, WI
Study Skills Coach, Campus and Community Outreach Center, 2007

 

Secondary Teaching

 

Private Studio, Charlottesville, VA
Individualized electronic music, composition, theory, & songwriting instruction, 2015-present

 

Music & Arts, Charlottesville, VA
1-on-1 Composition, Guitar, Piano, & Music Theory Instruction, 2014-present

 

Boston Arts Academy, Boston, MA
Mathematics and Study Skills, Student Support Center, 2009-11

 

Mathemusical Tutoring, Milwaukee, WI
Founded Private 1-on-1 Tutoring Service, Mathematics and Music, 2008

 

 

At the New England Conservatory, I served as teaching assistant to Robert Cogan, Chair of Graduate Theoretical Studies. These seminars in Tone Color Analysis and Theoretical Studies were heavily grounded in insights from psychoacoustics with a practical emphasis on the spectrographic analysis of music. At Dartmouth College, I taught ear training, lectured on timbre and form, led labs in music and technology, and taught harmony and rhythm. At the University of Virginia, I’ve taught Musicianship I and II, TA’d courses in songwriting, rock music, global popular musics, and electronic music composition and histories. I helped plan and teach an advanced seminar titled “Experimental Technique in Recording and Production” centered around weekly creative recording experiments. The class functioned much like a studio art course. We drew equally on innovations by Kendrick Lamar, Bjork, Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Eno, and Pauline Oliveros, and students reported that it was among the most impactful courses in their undergraduate careers.

 

As examples of my course design, I’ve created a course on Mathematics and Music seeking to elucidate shared concepts in global musical practices and divergent branches of mathematics. It connects fundamental concepts of form, process, and movement with innovations in musical space, time, tone color, and process. I have a course titled “Lossy Music” that examines lossy compression formats as technologies, metaphors, and creative media. We use readings from technology studies, music information retrieval, engineering, electronic music composition, as well as context from feminist musicology and critical race studies, to create a wide range of responses to this seemingly germane technology. For advanced undergrads, I’ve designed this course in Experimental Songwriting. Students propose new answers to the the question: what could a song be? Adapting techniques from experimental art, poetry, and composition, students create new strategies for songwriting in their own musical voices. 

 

There are often invisible economic hurdles that prevent students from learning effectively. I am committed to using open-access resources wherever possible, free and open-source software, and web-based content where appropriate. The seminar I co-taught with Ted Coffey on Experimental Techniques in Recording and Production used Audacity, Reaper, and SPEAR (all free, cross-platform music software) and in the course on global popular musics we created YouTube and Soundcloud playlists for the students to access listening assignments. I always leave room for flexibility so that my classes can develop organically as the students’ particular needs become evident.

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