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Paula Telesco


Paula Telesco is an Associate Professor in the Music Dept. at UMass Lowell.
Paula J. TelescoAssociate Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    Music Department
  • Phone
    (978) 934-3870
  • Office
    Durgin Hall - 430
  • Email

Research Interests

Music Theory and Aural Skills Pedagogy; Analysis of 18th and 19th Century Music; Omnibus Progression; Enharmonicism; Music and Literacy; Music Perception and Cognition; Alexander Malcolm, early 18th-century Scottish music theorist.

Education

  • Ph D: Music Theory, (1993), The Ohio State University - Columbus, Ohio
    Supporting Area: Music History
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Enharmonicism in THeory and Practice in 18th-Century Music
  • Other: Music Theory, (1985), University of Arizona - Tuscon, Arizona
    Supporting Area: Music History
  • BA: Music, (1978), SUNY College at Buffalo - Buffalo, NY
    Supporting Area: Science, Dance

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding teacher of music theory and/or aural skills (2013), Teaching - Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy Online
  • Teacher Award, UMass Lowell. (2010), Teaching - Student Government Association
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell Music Department Teaching Award (1998), Teaching - UMass Lowell Music Dept.
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude (1985), Scholarship/Research - University of Arizona
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude (1978), Scholarship/Research - S.U.N.Y. College at Buffalo

Selected Publications

  • Telesco, P.J. (2017) "Teaching Rhythms in 3/8 as a Prelude to Teaching 6/8", Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy Online
  • Telesco, P.J. (2017) "Understanding Undotted and Dotted Notes", Music Theory Pedagogy Online
  • Telesco, P.J. (2015) "Resolving V7/V to V or V7", Music Theory Pedagogy Online
  • Telesco, P.J. (2014) "ii7, ii\o7, vs. V7/V", Music Theory Pedagogy Online
  • Telesco, P.J. (2014) "Spelling Fully-Diminished and Half-Diminished Leading-Tone Seventh Chords", Music Theory Pedagogy Online
  • Telesco, P.J. (2014) "Spelling Fully-Diminished and Half-Diminished Quality Seventh Chords", Music Theory Pedagogy Online
  • Telesco, P.J. (2014) "Spelling ii(7) and IV(7) in Major and Minor Keys", Music Theory Pedagogy Online
  • Telesco, P.J. (2013) "Teaching elementary aural skills: How current brain research may help", Journal of music theory pedagogy 27: pp. 211--245
  • Telesco, P.J. (2010) "Music and Early Literacy", Forum on Public Policy Online 2010:5
  • Telesco, P.J. (2002) "Forward-looking retrospection: Enharmonicism in the classical era", The journal of musicology: A quarterly review of music history, criticism, analysis, and performance practice 19:2 pp. 332--373
  • Telesco, P.J. (2001) "Rethinking the teaching of minor scales and keys", Journal of music theory pedagogy 15: pp. 69--90
  • Telesco, P.J. (2001) "The omnibus idea", Music theory spectrum: The journal of the Society for Music Theory 23:1 pp. 129--136
  • Telesco, P.J., Muttoni, Maria Teresa (Reviewer), . (1999) "Enharmonicism and the omnibus progression in Classical era music", Bollettino di analisi e teoria musicale 6:2 pp. 62--63
  • Telesco, P.J. (1993) Enharmonicism in theory and practice in 18th-century music
  • Telesco, P.J. (1991) "Contextual ear training", Journal of music theory pedagogy 5:2 pp. 179--190
  • Telesco, P.J. (1985) "A HARMONIC ANALYSIS OF SELECTED PIANO MUSIC OF EMMANUEL CHABRIER.", The University of Arizona.

Selected Presentations

  • Does Retrieval Practice Enhance Music Learning? - Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, May 2019 - Washington, D.C.
  • Application of Retrieval Practice to Piano Music Memorization - North East Music Cognition Group, February 2019 - Harvard University
  • Identifying the Unknown Source of a pre-Rameau Harmonic Theorist: Who was Alexander Malcolm’s Mysterious Ghostwriter? - Society for Musicology in Ireland, July 2017 - Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Stylistically Constrained Meter: Differences between Music Composed in 3/4 and 6/8 - College Music Society National Conference, November 2015 - Indianapolis, IN
  • Teaching Rhythms in 3/8 as a Prelude to 6/8 - College Music Society Northeast Chapter, March 2015 - Boston, MA
  • Teaching Students to Count in Compound Meters: Using 3/8 as a Springboard - UML Faculty Research Symposium, March 2015 - Lowell, MA

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • (2007), Grant -
    Telesco, P.J.