Andrea Copland, Susan Forscher Weiss, and Joseph Montcalmo, Hacking Harmony, Building Literacy, and Engaging Communities

Andrea Copland is an oboist, music historian, and information scientist based in Baltimore, MD. She works full-time as the Outreach & Instruction Librarian at the Arthur Friedheim Library of the Peabody Institute and teaches public musicology courses on opera and the myths of music history. Passionate about chamber music, education, and outreach, her work centers on advocacy for, performance of, and access to new music. Previously, she pursued dual Master’s of Music degrees in Oboe Performance (‘19) and Musicology (‘20) at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where she was a recipient of the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize for chamber music, and was a member of the honors ensemble Zenith Winds. Copland also earned degrees from the University of Denver in Oboe Performance (BM ‘13) and Information Science (MLIS ‘17).

Susan Forscher Weiss, Ph.D  holds joint appointments in Musicology at the Peabody Institute, and in the Department of Modern Languages at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, at the Johns Hopkins University. Publications include articles and reviews in national and international journals such as Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music, Renaissance Quarterly, etc. Among her book publications are Bologna Q 18:An Introduction and Facsimile Edition (1999) and Music Education in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (2010, co-edited with Russell E. Murray, Jr. and Cynthia J. Cyrus). In 2016, Weiss, along with Don Randel and Matthew Shaftel published A Cole Porter Companion. Her current research involves images and memory, history and technology of musical instruments, as well as the Arabic contribution to music. Weiss is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards from the ACLS, NEH, Harvard University, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and from the Johns Hopkins University for innovations in teaching and technology and music cognition. In 2018, she was awarded an inaugural DELTA grant (Digital Education & Learning Technology Acceleration). She has served on a number of boards including the Executive board of the Renaissance Society of America, the Sheridan Libraries Advisory Board, and as a delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies.  In Fall 2014 she was the Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa i Tatti, in Florence and in Spring 2019, a Visiting Professor at Princeton University.

Joseph Montcalmo has spent his career building, developing, and deploying educational content and collaborating with fellow educators. In his current role as the Director of Academic Technology and Instructional Design for the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, he is involved in every aspect of academic technology, from online learning to classroom-based technology. He has created online learning business plans for multiple universities, has experience with learning space design, and is an online adjunct faculty member. Joseph has presented on topics including effective collaboration, online pedagogy, integration of technology into teaching and learning, and approaches to successful leadership.

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Saturday Program
Hackathons are team events organized around solving problems with technology in a short amount of time. These are inherently innovative events, inviting and inspiring participants to bring their best ideas to new projects. This event asked “how can technology help bring music learning in the digital age alive?” For the first time, students from all schools and departments at Johns Hopkins University with a passion for music and technology joined creative forces for a 24-hour sprint to create new instruments and teaching tools for novices and expert musicians alike. Traditionally, hackathons focus on teams of technologists working together to leverage their technical expertise. Peabody music students were invited to partner with students in computer science and engineering from the Homewood Campus in the Arthur Friedheim Library, making space for technology collaboration in the conservatory. The Hackathon included two concert events and five workshops to introduce students to designing electronic instruments, introductions to Max/MSP programming, neural network programming, synthesis, and artificial intelligence in music. In addition to 25 competitors, the workshops and concerts reached nearly 200 people from all JHU schools in Baltimore City. This presentation will share how the project team planned a successful event, considerations for replicating this event on your campus, and ideas for overcoming barriers with musicians who may be interested by unsure of their abilities with technology. Attendees will be invited to share how they can take these ideas back to their own campuses, and will have an opportunity to engage with some of the technology students at Peabody accessed to build musical stairs, music-playing prostheses, and tools to improve performance.

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