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I’m a performing and teaching musician and an academic (Asst. Prof. of Viola at DePauw University). I’m interested in how we learn — and teach others — to be complete musicians and artists, not just singers or players of an instrument, and am mired in a book manuscript on the subject (for which I hope this blog will be a useful sounding board). I’m also interested in the various intersections of music and academia, particularly within the context of a liberal arts university.

In the course of understanding what makes musicianship tick, I’ve done a lot of work with Dalcroze Eurhythmics (I’m a past president of the Dalcroze Society of America) and classical improvisation. My first book on that topic just came out from Indiana University Press, and is called From Sight to Sound: Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians. It combines traditional aural-skills and music-theory exercises with improvisation and performance on the musician’s own instrument so that improvisation becomes a tool for developing nuanced musicianship. Most of the exercises are designed for single-line players (or singers) working together to create an improvisation, so it serves as an exploration of communication and socialization within the chamber-music environment as well as an explicit, tangible connection between music theory/ear-training concepts and actual performance.

I’m also a fan of wordplay and humor, both within and outside music, so you may find some sillier entries here from time to time. I had a great time participating in Round 2 of the #operaplot challenge on Twitter, and enjoyed making some inspiring and funny friends from that site. If you want to follow me on Twitter, you can find me here.

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