Introduction to World Music (MUSI 102, University of Chicago)
This course is designed to provide students with a variety of ways to approach music from perspectives that take into account not only music and its materials, but also the people (including us), aims, and contexts involved both in producing and receiving that music. Throughout the course we will explore what happens in moments of cultural contact, interrogate our listening practices, and develop some tools for understanding and analyzing the materials of music. The first half of the course coheres around specific “issues”: the role of sound and music in public spaces; identity – with an emphasis on race, sexuality, gender, and disability – as negotiated through musicking; music as labor; and practices of transmission. Using the tools and lenses we acquire, we will pursue several questions: how much must we learn to see the world in different ways in order to understand different musics? What are we doing by inquiring into world music? How can ethnomusicology influence the world, and what are the ethics of this? The second half of this course continues these explorations through attention to the musics of three geographic and cultural areas: Native American music in Eastern North America, music in South India, and music in Ireland. Through fine-grained attention to these areas, students will have an opportunity not only to become more familiar with three corpuses of music, but also to take the concepts we have been learning and ask how they “land” in specific contexts.
A former student of Canadian soprano Tracy Dahl and renowned pedagogue Mel Braun, I am an experienced singer with extensive knowledge of the voice and vocal technique. On the more holistic side, I have been influenced by my practice of yoga as well as my studies with Fides Krucker and Richard Armstrong.
While I am trained in classical singing, my aim is to teach students to use their voices freely and healthily, something that is applicable to any type of voice work. I enjoy teaching students of all ages, abilities and personalities!
Working with the voice in a compassionate way can also drastically reduce stress, build confidence, encourage joy, teach focus and discipline and improve communication skills.
Now that this Canadian has work authorization in the States, I am excited once again to accept voice students! Please get in touch if you’re interested. I’m happy to answer any questions, allay any fears, and even direct you to other voice teachers if I see a better fit for you elsewhere.