Linda Schwartz, PhD, PhD (ABD), MMus, BMus

Dean of Arts & Science
Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
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PhD (University of Manitoba)
PhD (ABD) (University of Minnesota)
MMus (University of Western Ontario)
BMus (University of Manitoba)

Recent Publications

Scholarly & Professional Activity

Dissertation Project

“Music theory pedagogy: An examination of ideological and methodological assumptions that shape
current praxis in undergraduate tonal music theory instruction in the North American music academy, and the (possible) turn toward a scholarship of teaching that is informed by critical inquiry, responsible
ethics, and a pedagogy of hope.” (UManitoba, PhD-IIP program; an interdisciplinary project combining
research from post-secondary curriculum and instruction, critical theory and music theory) –
completed, 2009

Music Composition Commissions and Publications (Selected)

A Celtic Setting of the Liturgy, commissioned by the Choir of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church,
 Winnipeg, on the occasion of the 103rd anniversary of the parish (1999).

Born Again: a woman’s space journal - a collaboration between composer, poet Sarah Klassen,
 and soprano Heidi Klassen - for Soprano, minimalist jazz ensemble and digital soundscape,
 premiered in Winnipeg at the Women Doing Theology Conference (1996), performed again on the
occasion of the 25th anniversary of The National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Winnipeg (

freefall … a composition for ARRAYMUSIC of Toronto, performed on the ensemble’s Western
 Canadian tour (1995).

Legend for two pianos. Premiered by Judy Kehler Siebert and Shirley Sawatsky at the Winnipeg
 Art Gallery (1994). Performed by Irmgard Baerg and Cheryl Pauls, Canadian Mennonite 
University and Waterloo University (2004).

Passages for string quartet, commissioned by the Cambrian String Quartet in 1993. The work is
 based on Metis tunes from the Red River Settlement at Fort Garry (now Winnipeg). Premiered at
 the McDermot Gallery, Winnipeg, and the Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall, Brandon University.

Two Miniatures for voice and piano, 1991. Set to texts by Ferdinand Eckhardt (a gift to the
composer). Premiered at the School of Music, University of Manitoba Ivory Echoes Series by 
Rose Vanderhooft and James Fast, accompanied by Delores Keahey.

Celebration Overture for orchestra. Commissioned and premiered before a capacity audience at
 the opening of the Mennonite World Conference, Winnipeg Arena (1990)

Variations on Veni Creator Spiritus for solo piano. Premiered by Jacqueline Ryz at the Winnipeg
 Art Gallery and broadcast nationally on CBC’s Two New Hours (1988). Published by New Age
 Music Editions (1989)

  • Recipient of five Manitoba Arts Council Commission grants (1985-94)
  • Recipient of several composition awards, including the national CAPAC (SOCAN) Young
 Composers Prize for digital/orchestral work (1984); and the national Music Inter Alia 
Competition Prize (1985)

Several works (choral, piano) are published; several performances have been recorded by 
CBC Radio and Television for national/regional broadcast. 

    Recent Conference Presentations

    "Adorno's modernist philosophy of music: negative dialectics as aesthetic moral praxis." Paper presented at Verge Conference: Arts and Genesis (Trinity Western University, Langley, BC) (2010)

    "Music theory pedagogy in the postsecondary academy: toward a critical and responsible
practice." Paper presented at Verge Conference (Trinity Western University, Langley, BC) (2008)

    With C.E. Belcher, "Crisis or Opportunity: Models of system-worlds and life-
worlds that shape the teaching experience in postsecondary contexts." Paper/presentation given at Provoking
 Curriculum Conference (University of Calgary, Banff, AB) (2007)

    "Music theory pedagogy: transforming student perceptions through critical
engagement." Presented at First International iPED Conference (instructional pedagogy,
Coventry University, Coventry, UK) (2006)

    "Nurturing the Transformative Community of Teaching and Learning through Academic
Leadership." Paper presented at Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) (
University of Toronto) (2006)

    "Adorno’s philosophy of music." Paper presented at Canadian Society of Aesthetics Humanities Congress
 (York University) (2006)