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Alexandria Carrico

Title: Assistant Professor / Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Department: Music History
School of Music
Email: acarrico@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-576-1607
Office: Room 116
Alexandria Carrico

Alexandria Carrico is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in traditional Irish music and disability studies. She earned her doctorate from Florida State University where she wrote her doctoral dissertation, “Musical Bridges to Inclusive Communities: Promoting Neurodiversity Acceptance through Traditional Irish Music in Limerick, Ireland,” which explored how the participatory and community-based genre of traditional Irish music (TIM) can provide a space for diverse musicians to bridge neurodivergent-neurotypical gaps and, in so doing, break down negative stigma about people with disabilities. This work builds upon her earlier research from her Master’s thesis, which examined the musical experiences of individuals with Williams Syndrome (WS) at Whispering Trails, a summer music camp sponsored by the Williams Syndrome Association. She has published findings from this document in Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. Her secondary research area focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and social justice in American opera as explored in her recent article published in Folk Life: Journal of Ethnological Studies. Carrico has taught voice lessons to both neurotypical and neurodivergent students and now serves as the Director for the Williams Syndrome Association Whispering Trails summer music camps for children and teenagers with WS. She has taught courses in world music cultures, music literature, modern popular music, music bibliography, music and disability studies, and traditional Irish music (ensemble). She is one of the founders of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Disability and Deaf Studies Special Interest Group, for which she served as co-chair, communications coordinator, and secretary. Additionally, she is a classically trained vocalist and professional singer of traditional Irish music and bodhrán player (Irish frame drum). Carrico was the lead vocalist in the Tallahassee-based Irish band, Sligo Line.


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