New Year, New Editors, Same Jigsaw

by The Editors

Greetings, Jigsaw readers, and Happy New Year! 

After several fruitful years at the helm of this blog, Jessica Getman and Brooke McCorkle have moved on to focus on other projects. We’re grateful for their service to the Pedagogy Study Group and the broader musicological community, and we look forward to continuing the excellent work that Jessica and Brooke have been doing in this space. 

We would like also to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves:

Laura Dallman ( is currently a Lecturer of Music History at the University of Florida. Her research addresses issues of reception and accessibility, particularly in regard to orchestral music and performance in the 20th and 21st centuries. She has published book chapters on selected works by Michael Daugherty and Jennifer Higdon and presented her research at conferences in the United States, Ireland, England, and Wales. Aside from musicology, Dr. Dallman enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, and running—both on pavement and after her young son, who is quickly outpacing her.

Scott Dirkse ( is a Professor of Music at Bakersfield College in California’s Central Valley. He has presented on his work in the fields of piano pedagogy and music history pedagogy at the national conferences for MTNA, CMS, NCKP, and Teaching Music History Day, and he has published pedagogical articles in the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, the Journal of Music Theory PedagogyClavier Companion,and American Music Teacher. Dr. Dirkse also serves as musicologist for the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, and he enjoys spending time with his wife and cockapoo.

Mark Rodgers ( is Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Washington, where he teaches in the School of Music and the Interdisciplinary Honors Program. From seminars to large lectures, his courses emphasize place-based and experiential learning. His published and ongoing research explores a wide range of topics in music history, including the reception of William Byrd’s sacred music, musical labor in the Pacific Northwest, and the musicality of birdsong. In his spare time, he enjoys baking bread and exploring new playgrounds in Seattle with his family.

We’re very excited about what’s in store for The Jigsaw in the coming months. Several excellent new blog posts are forthcoming, and they will land here very soon. We welcome submissions at any stage of completeness, from short pitches to finished drafts, on any topic related to the teaching and pedagogy of music history. So send them our way: we can’t wait to read your ideas!

Laura, Scott, and Mark