APPLY NOW
Photo of

Dawn T. Corso

Assistant Professor, Music

Assistant Professor, Applied Intercultural Arts Research – GIDP

Assistant Professor, Social / Cultural / Critical Theory – GIDP

Music Bldg, Room 147
520-621-1255

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 in the Fred Fox School of Music, Member of the Graduate Faculty in the Graduate College, Affiliated Assistant Professor for the Applied Intercultural Arts Research and Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in the Graduate College, and Affiliated Assistant Professor 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.


University of Arizona Faculty Affiliations

Graduate Faculty, Graduate College

Applied Intercultural Arts Research Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP), Graduate College

Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP), Graduate College

Africana Studies Program, College of Humanities


Professional Accounts

FFSoM Directory Profile 

UA Faculty Website

Research Gate Profile

Academia Website

Academia Profile

Google Scholar Profile

ORCID Record


Communication

UA Telephone: 520-621-1255

UA Email: dcorso@email.arizona.edu

To schedule remote office hours, log into your UA Google account, select an available appointment slot, and write your name on the appointment: UA Google Calendar: Corso Remote Office Hours.


Recent Activities on Campus

Ensemble Brings Sounds of Ireland to UA

UA News, 03/14/2019

by Alexis Blue and Bob Demers

Kalimba

Arizona Illustrated, 11/30/2016

by Dan Kruse and Bob Lindberg


Recent Publications

Corso, D. T.  (2019).  Children's music.  In Sturman, J. (Ed.), The SAGE international encyclopedia of music and culture (Vol. 2, pp. 501-504).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.  doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483317731.n153

Corso, D. T.  (2019).  Opera.  In Sturman, J. (Ed.), The SAGE international encyclopedia of music and culture (Vol. 4, pp. 1618-1622).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.  doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483317731.n533

 

Facebook Feed

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
4 days ago
Arizona Arts

TODAY … CCP OPEN HOUSE!!!
Open to the Public | Free Admission

Visit the Center for Creative Photography anytime between 12 – 7p to see the new Alice Chaiten Baker Interdisciplinary Gallery, a pop-up installation in the lobby, and our brand-new library nook. Enjoy grab and go snacks and art activities, a live DJ from 4-7p. Free parking behind the CCP from 5-7p.

Part of the Arizona Arts Signature Series!

Image: Installation view of "Photojournalism 20/20: A Think Tank for an Unimaginable Present”
... See MoreSee Less

TODAY … CCP OPEN HOUSE!!! 
Open to the Public | Free Admission

Visit the Center for Creative Photography anytime between 12 – 7p to see the new Alice Chaiten Baker Interdisciplinary Gallery, a pop-up installation in the lobby, and our brand-new library nook. Enjoy grab and go snacks and art activities, a live DJ from 4-7p. Free parking behind the CCP from 5-7p.

Part of the Arizona Arts Signature Series!

Image: Installation view of Photojournalism 20/20: A Think Tank for an Unimaginable Present”
6 days ago
Arizona Arts

Tucson Lifestyle Magazine interviews Adriana Gallego (BFA ’97, Painting and Drawing), alumna from the University of Arizona School of Art, and executive director of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Learn how that organization connects artists to each other, the community and to needed resources. Photo: Ed Flores

azart.fyi/AdrianaLifestyle
... See MoreSee Less

Tucson Lifestyle Magazine interviews Adriana Gallego (BFA ’97, Painting and Drawing), alumna from the University of Arizona School of Art, and executive director of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Learn how that organization connects artists to each other, the community and to needed resources. Photo: Ed Flores
 
https://azart.fyi/AdrianaLifestyle
7 days ago
Arizona Arts

Alumna Amy Duddleston earned two Emmy nominations as editor of the HBO's Mare of Easttown, career firsts.

She's edited Dexter, American Gods, The Killing and My Own Private Idaho and worked with directors like Gus Van Sant, the Russo Brothers, Lisa Cholodenko, Agnieska Holland and others.

azart.fyi/EditingEmmyNoms

Duddleston (BFA ’86, General Fine Arts), as a student, actually worked in the editing room when Revenge of the Nerds was filmed on campus in Tucson.
... See MoreSee Less

Alumna Amy Duddleston earned two Emmy nominations as editor of the HBOs Mare of Easttown, career firsts.

Shes edited Dexter, American Gods, The Killing and My Own Private Idaho and worked with directors like Gus Van Sant, the Russo Brothers, Lisa Cholodenko, Agnieska Holland and others.  

https://azart.fyi/EditingEmmyNoms

Duddleston (BFA ’86, General Fine Arts), as a student, actually worked in the editing room when Revenge of the Nerds was filmed on campus in Tucson.

Comment on Facebook

Virginia Cannon 💓

Load more