Dr. Samuel N. Dorf has taught in the Department of Music at the University of Dayton since 2010. He is an innovative teacher, committed to experiential learning in the musicology classroom and to public musicology for the community. He takes his teaching and mentorship responsibilities very seriously. As a scholar, performer and ensemble director he believes that the music history classroom should be a space to listen, play, and experiment with familiar and unfamiliar repertoires. Dorf has an engaging and energetic teaching style that challenges all students to explore questions of music historiography, performance practice, social justice, and aesthetics.
He currently serves as the Associate Director of the University Honors Program at the University of Dayton where he directs the Honors Thesis process, runs the Berry Summer Thesis Institute, and the Honors Student Symposium, and advocates for undergraduate research across campus.
He has written about his teaching for the American Musicological Society’s blog, Musicology Now, here.
University of Dayton
Music 205: Music, Technology, and Culture
Music 301: Music History I
Music 302: Music History II
Music 309: Opera Seminar
Music 315: Music and Gender
Music 327: Music in Film
Music 501: Graduate Musicology Seminar
Music 390-30: Gamelan Ensemble (Co-Director)
Music 390-31: Early Music Ensemble (Director)
University of Victoria
Fine Arts 100: The Creative Being (Developed curriculum, team-taught, and worked with Faculty of Fine Arts Dean’s office to administer new required interdisciplinary course on theories of creativity).
General Music 175: Music as Multimedia (Non-majors course)
General Music 230: Masterpieces of Opera (Non-majors course)
Musicology 400: Graduate Music History Review (for Doctor of Music students).