Some of our current students’ bios and research interests…. (August 2015)

Matthew Devost
Upon the completion of his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music at Laurentian University (in classical and jazz clarinet), Matthew set eastward to the nation’s capital to pursue an MA in Music and Culture, focusing on the impact of social media on current musicians. In addition to his education, he has performed and composed professionally in Europe, the United States, and Canada. With award-winning choirs, bands, and orchestras, Matthew has played for numerous celebrities and politicians, including the Governor General of Canada, Oliver Jones, and Peter Buffett. Though Matthew’s primary interests lie in musical research and theory, he is also passionate about technology and gastronomy.

Nicholas McGrath
Nicholas’s research is focused on the interplay between rational and non-rational aspects of the creative process as they relate to current improvised music practices.  He plays in the improvised music quartet ‘Moindre Rivage’ and composes electroacoustic, electronic, and experimental pop music.

Curtis Perry
Curtis Perry is a second year student whose research is focused on artist-fan relationships via-à-vis streaming music services, from a Canadian perspective. He is the first Music and Culture student to specialize in Digital Humanities. In addition to life as a student, Curtis is executive director of Ottawa New Music Creators, and writes regularly about music across the web, for publications such as ‘Wolfgang’s Tonic’ and CBC Music.

Alex Polley
Alex Polley graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Music concentrating in Musicology in 2012. He plays the trumpet and is a former guest performer with the Chester Brass, Scotia Brass, and the Chebucto Symphony. Since starting his Master’s at Carleton in 2014, Alex has recorded and performed with local ska group Suits n, Toques, he was published in the Idle No More online newsletter, #INMRoots, and he presented a paper titled Disability Theory and Technology in Guardians of the Galaxy at IASPM Canada in 2015. Alex’s major research project (MRP) examines a continuity of subversion throughout 20th-century art, focusing in particular on Frank Zappa’s work between 1965 and his death in 1993. During the 2014-15 academic year, Alex was a teaching assistant in MUSI 1002 Issues in Popular Music, and looks forward to beginning his new TA posting in the near future.

Helen Roumeliotis
Helen is a first year student who graduated from Carleton in 2013 with a Bachelor of Sociology, and in 2015, a second Bachelor degree in Criminology with a concentration in sociology. Always passionate about music, she is now entering the MA program of Music and Culture. Her research interests combine her musical affinity with her academic background in the social sciences. Having focused her undergraduate studies on early youth programs aimed at curtailing future criminal activity, she is interested in the role of music as part of a crime prevention approach. Helen’s experience during her criminology field placement in 2014-2015 exposed her to the potential beneficial effects of music on high risk youth. This sparked her current academic goal to study and better understand the role of music as a crime prevention modality.

Andrew Sproule
Andrew Sproule is a second year student in the MA in Music and Culture program at Carleton University and the president of the Music and Culture Graduate Student Society (MCGSS). He attended the University of Guelph, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music, specializing in jazz studies and working as a research assistant for Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP). Andrew’s research focus is on the development of pertinent methodology to incorporate musical improvisation in the classroom, aiming to frame improvisation as a locus for creative development.

Jordan Zalis
Artist, musician, and budding academic, Jordan’s research examines and explores the many crossroads of sound, music, and sport in some complex of space and time.
This past summer, his fieldwork had him in the zoo that can be TD Place Stadium, participating with and observing the fans of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Ottawa Fury FC, and the Ottawa RedBlacks.
While continuing his fieldwork into the early winter, and without getting too far ahead of himself, Jordan is already reconsidering and re-imagining his beliefs on folk music, tradition, and ephemeral or effervescent media.”

You might also be interested in our “What they are saying about Music at Carleton” page.

And, Congratulations to the following MA students (or recent graduates) on receiving student paper prizes at recent academic conferences!

  • Kathy Armstrong: “The Ecology of Groups: Conditions for Collaborative Music and Health Making in Drumming and Dance Ensembles” at the annual Canadian Society for Traditional Music conference
  • Melba Villamizar Rodriguez: “Performing Indigenous Modernities Through Music: The Ensamble Moxos” presented at the 6th Annual Ottawa Region Conference on Latin America and the Caribbean: Mirrors and Mirages.
  • Dawn Stevenson: “Buying and Selling Ideology: Music as a Recruitment Tool in Church of Scientology Super Bowl Ads” presented at the annual IASPM-Canada conference