Co-ordinator, Aural Skills
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2003
M.A., Music Theory, University of British Columbia, 1991
M.A., English Literature, University of Waterloo, 1987
B.Mus., Piano Performance, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1980
A.R.C.T., Piano Performance, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, 1980
Since retiring as Teaching Professor in the University of Alberta Department of Music, I have returned to UBC full-time where I teach courses in aural skills and music theory, including film music analysis, gender and music theory, and analysis of text-music relations.
As a music theorist, my research has focused primarily on analysis of music by 20th-century British composer Elisabeth Lutyens, and more recently the Danish electroacoustic composer Else Marie Pade. With Brenda Ravenscroft, I am the editor of the four-volume multi-author collection Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers (Oxford University Press, 2016–), which received the Outstanding Multi-Author Collection Prize from the Society for Music Theory (SMT) in 2017 and 2021, and the International Alliance for Women in Music’s 2017 Pauline Alderman Award.
I am keenly interested in music theory and aural skills pedagogy, particularly the development of positive and effective aural skills learning environments that work for all post-secondary music students including those with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. My coaching of singers with dyslexia led to collaboration with Nancy Hermiston, Director of the UBC Opera Ensemble, and Marion Porath of the UBC Faculty of Education on Libretti of Learning, a SSHRC-funded research project on the experiences of opera students with learning disabilities, and the publication of my 2015 article “Dyslexia and Post-Secondary Aural Skills Instruction” in Music Theory Online.
My greatest career joys have come from working with students. After completing my PhD at UBC in 2003, I taught at the University of Oregon, Queen’s University, Quest University Canada, the University of Victoria, UBC, and the University of Alberta, and have received awards from three universities for my teaching, most recently the University of Alberta’s 2021 Covid-19 Remote Teaching Award.