Research

Doctoral Dissertation:

I was extremely fortunate to work with Jan Kagarice, well-known in the trombone world for her success in rehabilitating players coping with FTSED (Focal Task-Specific Embouchure Dystonia), and other movement disorders, in my dissertation project at Teachers College, Columbia University.  For those interested, a copy of the paper is archived on the Wind Song website, here.

Published Articles:

The Trombone as an Instrument of Fate in Heinrich Schutz’s Sacred Concerto, “Fili mi Absalon.”

ITA Journal 10-11 Marston

Published in the International Trombone Association Journal; Oct2011, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p30

The article examines the musical construction and symbolic use of the trombone in the sacred concerto “Fili mi Absalon,” by Heinrich Schutz.  Written in the Baroque period, the piece employs the trombone quartet as a theatrical devise.  The discussion is supported by relevant harmonic and musical analysis.

Song and Wind 2.0

Available here

Published in the International Trombone Association Journal. 42.1 (Jan. 2014): p32

The article discusses the Song and Wind method by Arnold Jacobs, a goal-oriented teaching tool, and a framework for its application by teachers. The author notes the emergence of two guiding principles namely, holistic and multi-dimensional learning, and learning to effectively function within the state is developmental and divisible into learnable sub-goals. According to the author, learning should be structured around sub-goals and the setting of temporary learning targets.

OER Textbook for Music Appreciation Courses:

In 2019, Mt San Antonio College awarded me a grant to write an open educational resource (free textbook) for Music Appreciation courses.  I have taught these classes in both live and online format for around 20 years, so felt like it was a good time to put my method down in writing!  I know a lot of professional musicians find themselves teaching this class, and it can be really difficult to put concepts into a language that works well for communicating with non-musicians.  I tried to make that easier, and to incorporate the listening activities and skills I’ve found to be helpful for students.  This book is FREE to use for all teachers and students!

Access Critical Listening, an OER Textbook here.

 

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