Faculty Member of the Month
I have developed a number of new courses at SUNY Potsdam, including Gender and Music and Global Popular Music, which emphasize the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary nature of ethnomusicology. I adopt an experiential teaching approach that involves hands-on and active learning activities, and students have opportunities to perform music connected to the genres being studied, including workshops with guest artists.In Introduction to Ethnomusicology, upper level music majors engage in an in-depth fieldwork project with a music community in the area, and document the community through an ethnographic lens.
In the West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, music and liberal arts majors study songs, dances, and instrumental parts through an oral method, and experience first-hand the integration of African arts.The ensemble has enabled us to represent African traditions in a lively way for the Potsdam community. Last year, I also organized a joint symposium with SLU and TAUNY to highlight the work of American folklorist Alan Lomax and concept of cultural equity.
The Faculty of the Month is a joint project of the Learning and Teaching Excellence Center and related instructional development support offices.