Teaching and Learning

The crest of my undergraduate alma mater San Francisco State University reads experientia docet, experience teaches. This expression continues to have relevance throughout my learning experiences and teaching career.

As a self-taught guitarist, I had ample opportunities to learn in what Christopher Small (1998) referred to as musicking, in small groups (rock bands), in and outside of school, as well as by myself at a computer work station using a MIDI keyboard and software. Before any academic music training, I experienced peer-direction, trial-and-error–based learning, and I used recordings and technology.

These days, I think about how my experiences as a student, teacher, and now scholar might relate to student-centered classrooms, and have come to realize that I no longer wanted to teach from the master-apprentice model (Allsup, 2016). Currently, I prefer to support the work of my students and find more satisfaction in learning how to facilitate creative encounters in ways similar to those I engaged with when I was their age.

Click on the pages on the left column to learn more about my work as a music educator.