As a scholar whose best work has emerged out of conversations with practitioners and scholars in other fields, one of the central aims of my teaching is to engage students in dialogues that cross disciplinary lines. Another is to orient my classes beyond insular debates within the academy towards events and issues in the local artistic community. I incorporate active learning strategies that engage students with the material and develop specific skills, particularly at writing for both public and scholarly audiences.
My teaching interests include the history of opera and musical theatre on stage and screen, film music, adaptation theory, and philosophies of the performing arts. Within opera studies, I am especially interested in current issues in opera performance practice, opera staging, the works of Britten, contemporary opera and musical theatre in North America, and opera’s relationship to mass media.
A first-year seminar theorizing the nature of adaptation, the medium-specific features of sung drama, the relationship between fidelity and artistic value, and the ethics of adaptation.
Duke University, Winter 2018
Adaptation & Musical Theatre
The American Musical
A first-year seminar exploring the American musical from various perspectives including its role in the formation of national identity; changing representations of race, gender, and sexuality; its increasing globalization; and the relationship between stage and screen formats.
Duke University, Winter 2017
The Art of Listening
McGill University, Fall & Winter 2015, Fall 2013
A music-appreciation class for non-music majors, covering Western art music from the 17th century to the present day. Students develop skills at active listening and the ability to write about music and understand its relationship to its historical context of creation.