Assistant Professor of Experimental Music Performance/Music Literature, School of
"Since 2009, I have been teaching various classes in music through the South Carolina
Honors College as part of my position in the School of Music. Without hesitation,
I can say that this experience has been fantastic and that the students are incredible.
More specifically, the Honors College’s unique curriculum has allowed me to explore
forms of teaching and classroom interaction that are not always possible in more traditional
pedagogical contexts. For instance, my class on experimental music performance contains
a significant amount of hands-on experiential work.
As a direct consequence of such a high level of close engagement with experimental
music, I am able to create a teaching environment where the students learn first and
foremost from the material rather than simply about the material (although the latter
certainly happens as a consequence of the former). By learning from the material,
students are led in diverse and unexpected directions. And it’s not atypical to see
how the various changes that happen over the course of the semester start to impact
the students’ daily lives — for example, how they experience sound, be it 'musical'
or otherwise, and duration.
It’s always inspiring to see these changes take place. I don’t think this transformative
experience for the students could occur in a more traditional classroom format, and
without question it is a function of the Honors College’s commitment to offering unique,