Teaching Music History Conference 2017

9-11 June 2017 at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA


Register online via Eventbrite


This year the entire conference will be live-streamed.  During and after the conference, you may click here to view the stream.

Abstracts, Presenter Biographies, Conference Materials


**All sessions take place in 1140 Boylston Avenue**
(papers and meetings in room 1A; breaks in the Steve Heck room, adjacent to 1A)


5:00 – 8:00 Check-In (in the lobby of 1140 Boylston)


8:00 – 9:00 Coffee and Check-In
9:00 – 10:30 Panel: What About the Facts? Old and New Approaches to Content Acquisition in the Music History Classroom

Chair: Robin Wallace

  • Robin Wallace, Baylor University
  • Matt Baumer, Indiana University of Pennsylvania – handout (PDF)
  • Molly Breckling, University of West Georgia
  • Louis Epstein, St. Olaf College
  • Rebecca Marchand, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:15 Empathy in the Music History Classroom and Beyond

Chair: Emily Pollock

“Integrating Well-Being and Resilience Throughout the Undergraduate Musicology Curriculum”

  • John Spilker, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Cura Personalis: Caring for Ourselves?”

  • Trudi Wright, Regis University

“Empathy in Opera”

  • Colleen Renihan, Queen’s University
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch (on your own: please see the list of local food options)
1:30 – 2:30 Diversity in the Music History Classroom

Chair: Allen Scott

“It All Sounds Like Chinese Music to Me: Engaging International Students from China in the Music Classroom”

  • Meredith Schweig, Emory University

“‘Thoroughly Masculine in Effect’: Confronting Western Music’s Biases”

  • Matteo Magarotto, University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music
2:30 – 3:00 Informal Business Discussion Meeting #1
3:00 – 3:30 Break (Introductions led by John Spilker)
3:30 – 5:00 Panel: Teaching the Music History Survey: Writing, Research, and New Approaches

Chair: Kate Galloway

  • C. Matthew Balensuela, DePauw University
  • Sarah Haefeli, Ithaca College
  • Misti Shaw, Indiana University
  • Andrew Dell’Antonio, University of Texas at Austin
  • Daniel Barolsky, Beloit College
5:30 – 7:00 Opening Reception at LIR (903 Boylston)

**light hors d’oeuvres + cash bar**


8:00 – 9:00 Coffee and Check-In

Committee and Interest Group Meetings (locations TBA)

9:00 – 10:30 Advocacy for Adjunct Instructors of Music History

Chair: Reba Wissner

“Adjuncts, Advocacy, and Pedagogy”

  • Andrew Granade, UMKC

Roundtable: Adjunct Pedagogy Issues: A Broad Examination

“Adjuncts and Accessibility: A Perspective from Music and Disability Studies”

  • Samantha Bassler, New York University and Rutgers University at Newark

“What’s in Your Backpack? A Guide to Lightening the Load as an Adjunct”

  • Paula Bishop, Bridgewater State University

“The Benefits of Grading Online: A Workflow for Adjuncts”

  • Alex Ludwig, Berklee College of Music

“The Challenges of Adjunct Teaching as the Sole Music Historian in a Department”

  • Jonathan Waxman, Hofstra University

“One Course, Three Ways: Teaching Music History as an Adjunct in Multiple Institutions”

  • Reba Wissner, Montclair State University
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:45 New Approaches in the Music History Classroom

Chair: K. Dawn Grapes

“Localizing a Euro-Centric Music Canon: Breathing Life Back into the Dusty Archives of our Institutions”

  • Elina G. Hamilton, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee

“Open Access Musicology”

  • Daniel Barolsky, Beloit University
  • Sarah Day-O’Connell, Skidmore College
  • Louis Epstein, St. Olaf College
  • Sarah Haefeli, Ithaca College
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch (on your own: please see the list of local food options)
1:00 – 2:00 “We’re All In This Thing Together”: Music Pedagogy from Kindergarten through Graduate School

Chair: Louis Epstein

“Authenticity in K-12 World Music”

  • Stephanie Epsie, University of Florida

“Student Engagement Through Research Literacy in Music Appreciation”

  • Dan Blim, Denison University

“Three Papers/One Topic: A Scaffolded Approach to Really, Really Awesome Music History Papers”

  • Christopher J. Wells, Arizona State University

“‘I Say Symphony Rather Than Cacophony’: In the Music History Classroom When Your Students Would Rather Be Protesting, Organizing, and Advocating”

  • Sarah Day-O’Connell, Skidmore College

“Challenges and Rewards in Applying Problem-Based Learning Pedagogy to the Graduate History Seminar”

  • Kathryn M. Fenton, Eastern Illinois University
2:00 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:30 Pedagogy Tools in the Classroom

Chair: Kirsten Speyer Carithers

“Use of Technology in the Flipped Music Classroom”

  • Eunmi Shim, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

“Performance in the Early Music Classroom”

  • K. Dawn Grapes, Colorado State University
3:30 – 4:00 Informal Business Discussion Meeting #2
4:00 – 5:00 The Unconference

Chair: John Spilker


8:30 – 9:00 Coffee
9:00 – 10:00 Paper Session

Chair: Paula Bishop

“Teaching Music History in a Post-Postmodern Era”

  • Teagan Niziol, University of Toronto

“Sound the Trump-et: Music History and Public Education since Election Day”

  • Christopher B. Macklin, University of Illinois
10:15 – 11:45 Panel: Campaign Music 101 in the Music History Classroom

Chair: Sara Haefeli

  • Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, Georgia College
  • Naomi Graber, University of Georgia
11:45 – 12:00 Closing Remarks

Local Arrangements

The 2017 edition of the Teaching Music History Conference will take place on 9-11 June (Friday-Sunday) at the Berklee College of Music, located in the heart of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The conference may be extended to include 11 June, depending on participant interest and availability. All conference-related activities, including all sessions and breaks, will take place in 1140 Boylston Ave., while the on-campus housing can be found in 150 Mass. Ave.

NOTE: For questions, please contact Alex Ludwig at aludwig@berklee.edu.


Participants can get a single or double room in the Berklee Residence Halls, located at 150 Massachusetts Avenue. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Attendees should be aware that alcohol, drugs, or tobacco may not be consumed on the premises. The rate is for Thursday-Sunday, and it is $225 for a double-occupancy room and $264 for a single-occupancy room. A Sunday night stay may be possible for an additional charge. Check-in begins at 5pm on Thursday. Check-out is one hour after the conclusion of the conference program on Sunday.

Off-Campus Housing: There are several other housing options in the immediate vicinity of the conference location. The Oasis Guest House is likely the most affordable option: located at 22 Edgerly Road, in Boston, the Guest House is mere steps from the conference. The Sheraton Boston and Hilton Boston Back Bay, located at 39 and 40 Dalton St., respectively, are one block from the conference. In addition, the closest “Green” Line “T” stop is merely two blocks, at 100 Massachusetts Avenue. This branch of the train will connect you to more housing options throughout the city.

Wireless Access

Wireless access is available in the 150 Mass. Ave. building via the “Berklee-Guest” network option.


You are invited to attend a welcome reception at “LIR” on Friday evening. Located at 903 Boylston Ave., our reception will feature light hors d’oeuvres, etc.

A variety of dining options can be found in the immediate vicinity of the conference. You can find a list here.


By Plane: All major airlines serve the Boston metropolitan area at the Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

By Bus or Train: Boston’s South Station is the largest transportation hub in the city. It serves the rapid transit and commuter rail lines, local and regional bus lines, and national Amtrak and Acela train lines.

The “MBTA”: Known colloquially as “the T”, Boston’s rapid transit serves the greater Boston area via a series of branch lines: the Blue, Orange, Red, Silver and Green, the last of which stops closest to Berklee (at the “Hynes” stop, 100 Massachusetts Ave. and 360 Newbury Street. Each ride on the “T” costs $2.75, no matter the direction or length of your journey (**hint: if you buy a CharlieCard, the price is discounted .50 cents**).

Parking: It is extremely expensive to park for any length near campus. If you must park, the Christian Science Plaza Garage (at 235 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115) is the most “reasonable”: its weekend rate is $20 as is its early-bird rate, if you enter before 9am and exit between 2-7pm.

Conference Organizers

  • Co-Organizers:
    • John Spilker
    • Alex Ludwig
  • Local Arrangements:
    • Simone Pilon
    • Alex Ludwig
  • Program Committee:
    • Trudi Wight, Regis University, Chair
    • Elizabeth Clendinning, Wake Forest University
    • Claire Fedoruk, Azusa Pacific University
    • Christopher Macklin, University of Illinois
    • Colleen Renihan, Queen’s University