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Sampsel, Laurie J.



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  • Music of the American West, digital humanities, Early American sacred music, American sheet music, music information literacy instruction, and music research and reference tools and pedagogy. Performance on flute, piccolo, and recorders.


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courses taught

  • IMUS 5093 - Contemporary Topics in Music Education
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2021
  • MUEL 2742 - Wild West Soundscapes
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2022
    Explores major historical theories of the American West in relationship to music from 1800 to the present. The musical traditions of marginalized groups are used as a variegated lens to explore Western U.S. history. The class may explore a wide range of musical genres and styles from chant to hymns to folk to rock to opera to the Hollywood soundtrack.
  • MUEL 2752 - Music in American Culture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022
    Explores the role of music as a powerful cultural agent from the Colonial Period to the present. Focuses on influences from normative and marginalized musicians throughout American history. A wide range of musical styles and genres are studied to demonstrate themes of appropriation, appreciation, and syncretism. Teaches students to think critically about the relationships between culture, power, and identity.
  • MUSC 2988 - Introduction to Music Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces music research tools and basic writing skills to provide information fluency and skills necessary for successful composition of formal music research papers. Applies curricular goals to specific topics of students' choice. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • MUSC 5708 - Introduction to Music Bibliography and Research
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Explores basic informational sources about music and musicians; a study of citation formats, research methodologies and writing techniques employed in music research papers, theses and dissertations. Intended to increase students' information fluency. Required in all master's degree programs.
  • MUSC 6822 - Advanced Studies in Musicology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Intensive study of a specialized topic in musicology. Students will be guided in critical reading, historical or ethnographic issues, analysis, oral presentations, and independent research. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • MUSC 7822 - Seminar in Musicology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Required of all musicology majors before completion of comprehensive examinations. A different research area is designated each semester. Offered fall only.


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