Andrea Calilhanna

Research Student -  PhD 

Research Program: Brain Sciences

Thesis Title

Teaching Musical Meter Through Visualisations and Sonifications of Mathematical Music Theory using Computer Software Applications to School-Age Students.

Research Project

My PhD aims to develop the work in my thesis ‘Teaching Musical Meter to School-Age Students Through the Ski-Hill Graph’ (2018) which showed that modern meter theory (Cohn, 2019) is informed by the listener’s psychoacoustic and embodied experience of sound rather than notation. I demonstrate how modern meter theory can convert into a coherent and practically implementable pedagogical curriculum with various advantages for music students of all ages. As discussed in my thesis (2018) meter, as taught in schools, tertiary institutions and music studios, at some point defers to notational understandings rather than to focus on sound. Notation-based understandings of meter propagates two problems which I aim to address in my research: the disconnect between music theory, pedagogy and learning, and the absence of the scholarly discussion of the world’s music because most music is not notated. To do this, my research also explores other important musical concepts such as rhythm, pitch, tonality, texture and timbre to demonstrate how Cohn’s (Yale) mathematical music theory and Andrew Milne’s (WSU) specially designed applications provide a viable solution.

Qualifications

  • Master of Music (Musicology) The University of Sydney, Sydney Conservatorium of music, 2018
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary Teaching - Music) Queensland University of Technology
  • Diploma of Music (Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium of Music)
  • Fellow of The Collegiate of Specialist Music Educators (FCSME)
  • Licentiate Diploma of Music Australia (LMusA)
  • Associate Diploma of Music Australia (AMusA)
  • Accreditation New South Wales Institute of Teachers for Professional Competence February 2013.
  • 30 years’ teaching experience in the music classroom, music studio, music theory workshops and university lecturing

Research Grants

  • Awarded conference grant Ian Potter Foundation (Meter Symposium) 2018
  • Awarded travel grant to attend the Early Career Acoustician Retreat at the 178th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Diego 2019

Publications

Calilhanna, A. (2019). Teaching musical meter to school-age students through the Ski-Hill graph. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 146(4), 3039. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5137534

Calilhanna, A. (2018). Teaching musical meter to school-age students through the ski-hill graph (Master's thesis, University of Sydney). Retrieved from The Sydney eScholarship Repository. http://hdl.handle.net/2123/19791

Calilhanna, Andrea, & Onwubiko, Stephen G. (2019). Mathematical music theory and the representation of Igbo music. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 146(4), 2908. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5137090

Calilhanna, Andrea, & Onwubiko, Stephen G. (2019). Decolonizing African music with visualizations and sonifications using beat-class theory. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 146(4), 2908. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5137091

Calilhanna, Andrea, & Onwubiko, Stephen G. (2019). Mathematical music theory of embodied acoustics of Ikoro music using beat-class theory. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 146(4), 2999. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5137386

Hamilton, T. J., Doai, J., Milne, A., Saisanas, V., Calilhanna, A., Hilton, C., ... & Cohn, R. (2018, December). Teaching mathematics with music: A pilot study. In 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) (pp. 927-931). IEEE. DOI: 10.1109/TALE.2018.8615262

Hilton, C., Calilhanna, A., and Milne, A. J. (2019). Visualizing and sonifying mathematical music theory with software applications: Implications of computer-based models for practice and education. In Montiel, M. and Gómez,

F., editors, Theoretical and Practical Pedagogy of Mathematical Music Theory: Music for Mathematics and Mathematics for Musicians, From School to Postgraduate Levels (201-236). World Scientific. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789813228351_0009

Milne, A. J. and Calilhanna, A. M. (2019). Teaching music with mathematics: A pilot study. In Montiel, M., Gómez-Martin, F., and Agustín-Aquino, O. A., editors, Mathematics and

Computation in Music. Springer, Berlin. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21392-3_34

Onwubiko, S.G., Neilsen, T. B. & Calilhanna, A.M. Spectral and Mathematical Music Theory Analysis of the Ikoro Drum Using Visualizations and Sonifications of Beat-Class Theory. Conference: 23rd International Congress on Acoustics Aachen, Germany, (September 2019). Retrieved on 10/10/19 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332174111_Spectral_and_Mathematical_Music_Theory_Analysis_of_the_Ikoro_Drum_Using_Visualizations_and_Sonifications_of_Beat-Class_Theory.

For further details of my domestic and international publications, projects and conference papers on the topic of Meter in Music Education, please click here.

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Contact

EmailA.Calilhanna@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone+61 2 9772 6107
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)
Room1.G.117