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I started a Master’s in composition in 2003, and carried on to complete a Ph.D. in 2010. Over the course of these degrees I did a fair amount of writing—this being the primary occupation of the graduate student. This page contains links to some of my recent writings, as well as score and audio samples from my book of compositions for beginning to intermediate jazz ensemble.

Academic Writing

"Teaching Improvisation and the Pedagogical History of the Jimmy Giuffre 3" (2012), which was published in the International Journal of Music Education in 2013
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"Creativity, Labour, and the Politics of Profit in the Improvised Music Field" (2012), which was published in Critical Studies in Improvisation in 2014
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"The London School of Improvised Economics," (2011) a chapter in a course reader for MUS 211: Music Cultures of the City at Ryerson University
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Introduction to my dissertation, which is titled "Fields of Production and Streams of Consciousness: Negotiating the Musical and Social Practices of Improvised Music (2010)
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Conference Presentations

"Teaching Improvisation and the Pedagogical History of the Jimmy Giuffre 3," presented at the Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium (2012)
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"Improvising Idenity: Jazz, Experimental Music, and the Politics of Music Migration," presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASMP) Canada Conference, Acadia University (2012)
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"Improvisation, Creativity, and Contemporary Music Pedagogy," presented at the Canadian University Music Society annual conference, Mount Allison University (2011)
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"After the Avant-Garde: Free Improvisation in London, England and the Emergence of a Modernist Work Ethic," presented at the Ryerson University Music Series: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2010)
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"From Mainstream to Downstream: Jimmy Giuffre and the Deconstruction of the Jazz Art World," presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Canada Conference, Dalhousie University (2009)
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"Calling All Outlaws: Improvising Musicians and the Problems with Social Justice," presented at the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice Conference, McGill University (2009)
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"Getting The Music Off The Page: Practice-Based Research and the Construction of the Practitioner-Theorist," presented at the Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium (2008)
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Other Writing

Review of the Charlie Haden Box set The Montreal Tapes
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Liner notes to Ken Aldcroft's Convergence Ensemble's CD
The Great Divide
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Music Education


I have written a book of progressive compositions for beginning jazz ensemble. Details about this are on my Teaching page.