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EDUCATION

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI), University of Guelph, 2023

 

Ph.D. Music Education, Western University, London, ON Canada, 2023

M.A. Music Education, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2017

B.A. Music, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2012

RESEARCH INTERESTS

sonic lifeworlds, creative critical pedagogy, improvisation, composition, Social Justice Arts Education (SJAE)

PUBLICATIONS

Forthcoming. Chapter. 'Improvisational Encounters with the Sonic Lifeworld,' in (Eds. D. Fischlin & M. Lamanno), The Improviser’s Classroom Pedagogies for Cocreative Worldmaking. Insubordinate Spaces Series. Temple University Press. 

Forthcoming. Chapter. Co-authors: Veblen, K.K., Edwards, J, & Messenger, S. J. 'Towards pedagogical imaginations: Creating spaces for musical learning' in (Eds. Veblen, K.K.; Messenger, S.J., Dubé, F, & Duprés), Learning music through play in diverse contexts. (accepted with Routledge Press)

(2024) Chapter. Co-author Patrick K. Schmidt.  'Composition, Policy and the Formation of Agency: Pathways in Teacher Education and K-16 Practice,' in (Ed. M. Kaschub). The Oxford Handbook of Music Composition Pedagogy. 

 

(2023) Online curriculum. Co-author Patrick Murray. Exploring sonic lifeworlds: Collaborative composition in the large choral ensemble.  https://www.newmusicnetwork.ca/projects/exploring-sonic-lifeworlds-collaborative-composition-in-the-large-choral-ensemble/

 

(2023) Dissertation: Soundcurrents: Exploring sound's potential to catalyze creative critical consciousness in adolescent music students and undergraduate music education majors. University of Western Ontario, Canada. https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/9110/

(2021) Article. Co-author Rebecca Rinsema. Exploring Sonic Meaning and Embodiment in Human Cultural Transmission, topic Songs and Signs: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cultural Transmission and Inheritance in Human and Nonhuman Animals, ed. Julia Hyland Bruno. Frontiers in Culture and Communication, Vol. 6, 20 May 2021, https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2021.671486

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

UNIVERSITY

Special Graduate Faculty, Research Methodologies (IMPR*6030), Critical Studies in Improvisation, University of Guelph, 2023

Guest Presenter, "Exploring Sonic Lifeworlds", Teachers College Columbia University, 2023

Guest Presenter/Facilitator, "Exploring Sonic Lifeworlds", Northern Arizona University, 2023

Guest Presenter/Facilitator, "Exploring Sonic Lifeworlds", University of Toronto Scarborough, 2023

 

Guest Presenter/Facilitator, “Sound Pedagogy in MusED”, Augsburg University, 2022

 

Guest Presenter/Facilitator, “Sound Pedagogy in MusED”, Western University, 2022

Graduate TA, Music Across Cultures (2761g), Dr. Emily Ansari, Western University, 2022

Graduate TA, Performance Research (9594b), Dr. Kate Helsen, Western University, 2022

Graduate TA, Psychology, Learning and Music (3810a), Dr. Kevin Watson, Western University, 2021

Graduate TA, 21st Century Musician (9824y), Professor Sharon Wei, Western University, 2021

Adjunct Professor, Music Education Technology (3860B), Western University, 2021

Graduate TA, Philosophy of Music Education (4811b), Dr. Patrick Schmidt, Western University, 2020

Guest presenter, "Come All Ye" MUE Symposium, Dr. Jocelyn Armes & Dr. Michele Kaschub, University of Southern Maine, 2020

Guest presenter, Contemporary Issues in Music Education, Dr. Colleen Sears, TCNJ The College of New Jersey, 2020

Guest presenter, Contemporary Issues in Music Education, Dr. Colleen Sears, TCNJ The College of New Jersey, 2019

Guest facilitator, Group Improv/ co-comp sound sessions with first-year music education courses, Western University, 2019

Guest facilitator, Group Improv/ co-comp sound sessions with small/large ensembles, State College of Florida, 2018

Reader / Grader, Gender, Sexuality & Popular Music, Prof. C. Brunet, UC Berkeley 2015

Reader / Grader, Music In American Cultures, Prof. C. Brunet, UC Berkeley 2014

Reader / Grader, Music & Culture of Bali, Prof. L. Gold, UC Berkeley 2014

Guest Lecturer , Social -Political Theater & Opera UC Berkeley 2014

  • Assisted undergraduate students in further developing their critical thinking, analysis, and writing skills

  • Held individual meetings and mentoring sessions with undergraduates to assist in course content understanding

  • Read, critiqued, and graded undergraduate papers, midterms, and final exams

  • Prepared two-hour presentation, assigned readings, and facilitated group discussions

K-12

Ile Omode School Oakland, CA 2009-2014

Our Lady of the Visitaction San Francisco, CA 2000-2003

  • Designed and facilitated group improvisation and collaborative composition curricula

  • Introduced general music theory curriculum and assessments

  • Selected, rehearsed, and performed age-appropriate repertoire

  • Conducted two concerts per school year featuring both choral and instrumental student-composed pieces

COMMUNITY MUSIC & SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS

London Arts Council, London, ON, April - June 2019

  • Co-facilitator of sound sessions for 300+ middle schoolers 

  • Designed group improv/co-comp soundscape sessions

École secondaire catholique Monseigneur-Bruyère, London, ON, April - June 2019

Arts & Music Programs for Education in Detention Centers (AMPED) Chicago, IL 2015-2017

  • Assistant Curriculum Specialist

  • Co-designed and facilitated a hip-hop composition curriculum for incarcerated teens

  • Worked with team of 11 mentors in preparing quarter-end "Listening Party"

QuerKlang - Experimentelles Komponieren in der Schule Berlin, Deutschland 2012-2013

  • Guest undergraduate student assistant-teacher and program shadower

  • Assisted in experimental composition activities with local high school students in Kreuzberg

KunstFestSpiele Herren Hausen Hannover, Deutschland 2012

  • Assistant facilitator

  • Led outdoor soundscape composition workshops for children

  • Provided support for original student compositions

Bayview Opera House San Francisco, CA

Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco San Francisco, CA

Hamilton House Family Homeless Shelter San Francisco, CA

  • Designed composition/improvisation curriculum

  • Introduced general music theory thru group musicking

  • Facilitated recording and producing original student compositions

MUSIC DIRECTOR / CONDUCTOR / ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR

Burlingame High School Burlingame, CA 

San Mateo High School San Mateo, CA

Deutscher Musik Verein San Francisco, CA 

Stand For Children San Francisco, CA

Community Music Center Orchestra San Francisco, CA 

  • Rehearsed and conducted musical pit orchestra for: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Forum, Into the Woods,     Sweeney Todd (Sondheim), Cinderella, The Sound of Music (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  • Prepared concerts for local community and civic functions

  • Assisted organizing an international youth orchestra celebration in Oaxaca, Mexico

COMPOSER

London Arts Council Art Walk | Original Score, London, Ontario Canada, 2021

I've Known Rivers for Soprano, Berlin, Deutschland 2014

C.H.A.N.G.E. - A Musical Drama, Berkeley, CA 2012

L'envoi for Chorus & Piano Quintet, Oakland, CA 2009

Splash Circus Troupe, Emeryville, CA 2005

INVITED GUEST

Guest Presenter, "Exploring Sonic Lifeworlds", Teachers College Columbia University, 2024

Guest Presenter/Facilitator, "Exploring Sonic Lifeworlds", University of Toronto Scarborough, 2023

Guest Presenter, "Exploring Sonic Lifeworlds", Teachers College Columbia University, 2023

 

Guest Speaker, "Three Perspectives on Black Lived Experience" for Anova Podcast Series, 2023

Guest Speaker, "Sonic Lifeworlds in Health & Well-being" for MusicCare by Room 217's Webinar Series, 2022

Guest Panelist for Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group & Speaker Series Presents "Improvising Bodies - Sounding Creative Critical Practices in Education" sponsored by the  International  Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI), November, 22, 2019.

Emerging Scholar Participant for International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI)  Emerging Scholars Program, Guelph Jazz Festival, September 11-15, 2019.

PAPER PRESENTATION, PANEL, and WORKSHOPS

Paper. Exploring Sonic Lifeworlds: Collaborative Composition in the Large Choral Ensemble. Jashen Edwards and Patrick Murray. SME 23: Conversations and Improvisations, IICSI/ University of Guelph, October, 2023. 

Paper. When words get in the way: Exploring the affordances of the term “music” in curriculum. Jashen Edwards and Rebecca Rinsema. Desert Skies, Arizona State University, February, 2023.

Paper. At the intersection of technology and voice: Making agency visible in music teacher education. Jashen Edwards and Patrick Schmidt. Queensland, Australia, July, 2022.

 

Paper. Exploring the sonic lifeworld of music undergraduates and high school music students: Catalyzing creative critical consciousness. Jashen Edwards. Queensland, Australia, July, 2022.

 

Symposia. Sounding (In)visible voices in music education: Recalibrating music “fundamentals.” Jashen Edwards (Co-chair), Patrick Schmidt (Co-chair), Jasmine Henry, Antía Gonzalez Ben, Rebecca Rinsema, Matthew Thibeault (Panelists). Queensland, Australia, July, 2022.

 

Paper. Re(commoning) musical creativity and imagination in the public space: Critical reflections from the Sound Sculpture Park Project. Jashen Edwards, Caroline Blumer Delazaro, Daniel Gardner, Alexandre von Wartburg, Kari Veblen. Queensland, Australia, July, 2022.

 

Paper. When words get in the way: Exploring the affordances of the term “music” in curriculum. Jashen Edwards and Rebecca Rinsema. International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education. June, 2022.

 

Paper. At the intersection of technology and voice: Making agency visible in music teacher education. Jashen Edwards and Patrick Schmidt. Mayday Colloquium, Windsor, ON Canada.

Workshop. Tuning into the Sonic Commons with an ‘Ear’ toward Equity and Diversity. European Association for 

Music in Schools. Freiburg University of Music, Freiburg, Germany, March, 2021. 

Paper. Re(commoning) musical creativity and imagination in the public space: Critical reflections from the Sound Sculpture Park Project. Jashen Edwards, Caroline Blumer Delazaro, Daniel Gardner, Alexandre von Wartburg, Kari Veblen. International Society of Music Education. Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland, August, 2020. (cancelled- COVID)

Panel. (Re)hearing music education through the senses – Cross-disciplinary Creative Critical Approaches to Sound and Listening. Jashen Edwards, Rebecca Rinsema, Boni Wozolek, Patricia Green, Walter Gershon. International Society of Music Education. Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland, August, 2020. (cancelled- COVID)

 

Workshop. Tuning into the Sonic Commons with an ‘Ear’ toward Equity and Diversity. Rebecca Rinsema & Jashen Edwards.

International Society of Music Education. Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland, August, 2020. (cancelled- COVID)

 

Workshop. Breaking Patterns and “Letting Go” Listening: Free Improvisation Towards a More Just Music Education. Walter Gershon & Jashen Edwards. International Society of Music Education. Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland, August, 2020.

Paper. Diminishing Returns: Policy, Labor, and the Deconstruction of Music Education. Patrick Schmidt, Jashen Edwards, Patrick Feely. New Directions in Music Education Conference. Michigan State University, February, 2020.

Panel. Hip-Hop Speaks: Actions with Words.  Patrick Cooper, James Gantt, Gonzalo Silva, Jashen Edwards. New Directions in Music Education Conference. Michigan State University, February, 2020.

Paper. (Re)sounding a sound approach to music education. Presentation at 12th Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education. June 5-8. Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, June, 2019.

Paper. Sounding the school I'd like - Imagining the possibilities through creative musicking activities. Presentation at 27th EAS Conference / 7th European ISME Regional Conference. May 15-18. Malmö, Sweden, May, 2019.

 

Paper. The Wall Project - (Re)sounding the Radical Imagination Across Music Education. Presentation at Desert Skies Symposium. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA, February, 2019.

Paper. Just Another Brick in the Wall - Group Improvisation & Collaborative Composition as Progressive and Critical Pedagogy. Presentation at Progressive Methods in Popular Music Education Symposium. June 6-9. Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, June, 2018.

 

Workshop. Improvisation - Creative & Collaborative Musicking. Erich Teichman & Jashen Edwards. MESA (Music Education Students' Association) Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, January, 2018.

 

Paper. Composing within the confines of a Juvenile Youth Detention Center. In D. Camlin (Chair) Walking the Boundaries, Bridging the Gaps. Justin Zullo & Jashen Edwards (Maud Hickey). Symposium conducted at International Community Music Conference at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, May, 2017.

 

Paper. Mapping musical pedagogies in a Chicago juvenile detention center. Justin Zullo, Kerry Brown, & Jashen Edwards. In J. Zullo (Chair) Mapping musical pedagogies in a Chicago juvenile detention center. Symposium conducted at the 6th Annual National Conference on Higher Education in Prison, at Belmont University, Nashville, TN, USA, October, 2016.

Paper. A Two-Way Street: The Impact of Mentoring on Undergraduate College Mentors in a Juvenile Detention Facility. Maud Hickey, Mary Cohen, Jody Kerchner, K. Anderson. In M. Hickey (Chair) Prison contexts and music education: Levels of impact behind bars. Symposium conducted at the International Society for Music Education Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, July, 2016. 

Paper. Community music in action: Composition and improvisation in the K-8 classroom and the fostering of cultural democracy. Community Music in Theorie and Praxis Internationa Tagung. Munich, Deutschland, November, 2015. 

Paper. Composing C.H.A.N.G.E! - Education or entertainment? Reflections on musical theater and opera's social political role within the culture industrial complex. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual McNair Scholars Undergraduate

Research Symposium. University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, August, 2012.

Paper. Music education and youth programs in the former GDR. Paper presented at the Youth & DDR course.

Universität Potsdam, Potsdam Deutschland, May, 2011. 

Paper. Music as window and mirror: Practicing composition based curriculum with inner city youth. Paper presented at the 11th Annual George A. Miller Scholar Program, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, August, 2011.

ACADEMIC AWARDS

UC Berkeley Max Weinbach Musical Theater/Opera Prize 2011-12

The Osher Re-entry Scholarship 2011-12

Cal Leadership Award, University of California, Berkeley Alumni Association 2010-12

The Peralta Association of African American Affairs (PAAAA) Scholarship 2009

RESEARCH GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada ($7,624 CAD) 2023

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada ($3,000 CAD)

Ontario Trillium Scholarship ($160,000 CAD)

Northwestern Alumni Association Course Enhancement Grant ($8,500 USD) 2016-2017

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Study Grant ($11,000 USD) 2012-13

McNair Scholars Undergraduate Research Program ($7,000 USD) 2011-12

Education Abroad Program (EAP) Research Study Grant ($1,000 USD) 2011

George A. Miller Undergraduate Research Grant ($7,000 USD) 2009-10

LEADERSHIP ROLES

Sound, Meaning, Education (SME) / 2020-present

  • Co-organizer for SME 2021: Conversations international conference (July, 2021) Virtual via Zoom

  • Co-organizer for SME 2023: Conversations & Improvisations International Conference (October, 2023) IICSI/University of Guelph campus, Guelph, ON Canada

Sounds of life (SoL) founder / music director 2000-present

  • Research, design, and facilitate group improvisation / composition curricula

Composing in the Classroom - Models & Designs for the Creative Music Teacher 2017

  • Assistant workshop designer / co-facilitator

Oakland Drops Beats 2015

 

  • Education conference organizer

Our Fertile Ground, Board Member 2009-2012

  • Cofacilitated cross / intercultural composition projects w/ children in Cape Town South Africa

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI)

  • Post-doctoral Fellow

  • EDI Advisory Committee

  • Thinking Spaces Curator

 

Radio Western, Board Member, 2022-present

Boost Innovations, Member, 2020-present

San Francisco Symphony, Education/Outreach Fundraiser 2000-2003/2014-2015

McNair Scholars Program, Moderator for 22nd Annual Symposium 2014

McNair Scholars Program, Recruiter 2012

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Young Ambassador 2011-12

Arts Alliance Research Team 2011-12

S.A.G.E. Student Achievement Guided by Experience Program 2009-12

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