Through my years of experience as an instructor of electroacoustic music classes, my goal is to teach students to engage critically with the material by asking questions. Through questions, students become autonomous learners ("What do I understand, and what do I need help with?"), develop cross-modal methodologies ("How might composing melodies double as practice hearing tonal centers?"), and eventually think creatively about the material itself ("How does the design of the controller affect the music I can make with it?"). I emphasize skill-building and use modular lesson plans to illustrate how each student's unique and growing skill set is a valuable contribution to the group. In the future I hope to take on collaborative and cross-disciplinary teaching roles in order to better understand the dialogue between teaching and learning.
Building Musical Instruments
In Building Musical Instruments, we will study and create expressive musical sound by building acoustic, analog, and digital instruments. Using sonic goals as inspiration for design features, we will build handheld acoustic instruments, contact microphones, basic synthesizers, and digital controllers, and we will consider the ways in which these distinct objects can work together to form a musical performance system. Topics include: musical listening and design, resonance of different materials, soldering, breadboarding, reading a basic schematic diagram, creating an enclosure, and expressive interaction with instruments.
In Experimental Voice, we will study and undertake acoustic and electronic modifications of voice. We will consider applications of voice by diverse practitioners such as Jaap Blonk, Ami Yoshida, and Pamela Z. Using these pieces as inspiration, we will make creative and critical work aimed at challenging and broadening our notions of what voice and vocal performance can be. Students from all departments are welcome.
University of Virginia
Making Computer Music
What is computer music? How do we listen to this music? What does it mean to be a performer of computer music? This class will explore creation and performance of computer music, examining compositions by musicians such as Autechre, Delia Derbyshire, Paul Lansky, and Pamela Z. In addition, we will use software such as Finale, Reaper, and Max/MSP to create digital music compositions using techniques of notation, synthesis, and mixing.