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Postdoctoral Fellow 2007-2008, University of Guelph

University of California, San Diego

Tracy earned her Ph.D. in Critical Studies/Experimental Practices from the University of California, San Diego in 2007. Her dissertation examined the connection between the staging of musical ensembles and the desire for a coherent identity. As a post-doctoral fellow she is developing the idea of an “improvisative” as a point of difference within the performative. Her publications include articles in Current Musicology, Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies, and the Encyclopedia of African American Music. She is also a jazz saxophonist and has performed with David Borgo, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, George Lewis, Dana Reason, and others, and can be heard on the Cadence Jazz label.

...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

– Pauline Oliveros (in working with Abilities First)