Dawn T. Corso
Assistant Professor, Music
Assistant Professor, Social / Cultural / Critical Theory – GIDP
Music Bldg, Room 147
Ph.D. (2003) University of Illinois
M.A. (1999) University of Illinois
B.A. (1997) University of Illinois
B.A. (1997) University of Illinois
A.A. (1992) Lincoln Land Community College
Dawn T. Corso is an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Ethnomusicology and serves as Coordinator for the Music Education Area in the Fred Fox School of Music, affiliated faculty member for the Applied Ethnomusicology and Intercultural Arts Research and Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in the Graduate College, and affiliated faculty for the Africana Studies Program in the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Corso earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Division of Cognition, Language, Learning, and Culture, and a Master of Arts (M.A.), Division of Socio-Cultural Perspectives in Education, both with emphases in ethnomusicology and music education, from the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in ethnomusicology and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in anthropology, both with an emphasis in psychology, from the University of Illinois and an Associate of Arts (A.A.) in anthropology with an emphasis in music from Lincoln Land Community College. Her graduate work first focused on the implementation of multicultural music education in general music settings and later shifted to music-dance communities of practice and informal learning processes amongst African-American children as they occurred outside school settings.
In addition to her university teaching experiences at the University of Illinois, Arizona State University, and University of Arizona, Dr. Corso has taught Pre-K general music, choir, band, and orchestra in schools and served in school and district administrative positions in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, and Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. She has directed community choir and band ensembles and performed as a coloratura soprano and trumpet player in the Phoenix metropolitan area and joins local musicians and dancers of Irish and Zimbabwean musics in the Southwest and abroad when possible.
This combined background of research, teaching, and community engagement continues to refine Dr. Corso’s inquiry into “multicultural” music education and its definition and purpose, especially regarding epistemology, cognition, and philosophy. It has led to her current work regarding the embodied cultural processes of learning traditional and vernacular musics and the translation of those practices into formalized music education settings. She focuses on the traditional musics-dances of Ireland and the Irish trad diaspora in the U.S. and Shona mbira dzavadzimu of Zimbabwe and local music-dance communities of practice found in the Southwest. To provide space for such study, she leads UA Music Education Without Borders, a community-service and education-oriented group of ethnomusicology ensembles—UA Tíolacadh Irish Ensemble, UA Chipo Mbira Ensemble, and UA Son Arizona Latin Ensemble—practicing and learning alongside student and community members.
Dr. Corso is a regular presenter at conferences focused on the intersection between learning, music, and culture often found in international settings, such as “Pedagogy, Practices, and Future of Folk Music in Higher Education,” and her work is disseminated in similar publications, like The International Journal of Learning, Philosophy of Music Education Review, Social Studies Research and Practice, and the upcoming SAGE Encyclopedia of Ethnomusicology.
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