allison.chu [at] yale.edu
Currently, I serve as a Teaching Fellow at Yale University. Outside of academia, I've applied my teaching skills and philosophy to workshops and lecture series with arts festivals and in my work with the Midnight Oil Collective.
As a specialist in music history, I value exploring the “why;” I frame my lessons as opportunities to consider different perspectives, nuance opinions, and understand how we can draw connections to our contemporary cultural moment. While specific to music, this has shaped my approach to teaching as I think about how best to prepare my students to participate in ongoing cultural debates. I believe that a classroom that supports this kind of learning requires trust, care, and clarity, and as a teacher, I strive to embody these qualities in my content presentation and persona, as well as in my attention to the learning environment. I aim to cultivate an inclusive classroom that respects the student as an active participant in their learning, building on their background knowledge and responding to their feedback. I attend to the transitional moments in my content delivery to better signal connections and links to class objectives. I am extremely detail oriented in my class planning, and I am constantly experimenting with different methods for content delivery, whether that be in discussion, visual materials, or my spoken commentary.
McDougal Teaching Fellow
Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, 2022 - present
As a McDougal Fellow, I support the teaching of my fellow graduate and professional school students both in my department and beyond. I work with a cohort of Fellows to develop teaching resources, lead intermediate and advanced workshops on instructional skills, and provide classroom observations and individual consultations.
Fundamentals of Music
Preparing and Delivering Effective Lectures (delivered virtually)
Music in European Court, Church, and Theater, 1600-1800
More information coming soon!
Graduate Teaching Fellow for Prof. Jessica Peritz, Yale University Fall 2022
Introduction to the History of Western Art Music, 1800 - present
Graduate Teaching Fellow for Prof. Gundula Kreuzer, Yale University Spring 2022
This non-major survey course introduced students to musical practices, institutions, genres, styles, and composers in Europe and North America from 1800 to present. The class format included two weekly lectures and a discussion section, with written assignments and two major assessments. Students ranged from first years to seniors with varying degrees of musical experience.
As a Teaching Fellow, I was responsible for leading two discussion sections of 12-14 students and grading assignments. I also delivered one 75-minute lecture on American musical traditions at the turn of the 20th century.
Elements of Musical Pitch and Time
Graduate Teaching Fellow for Prof. Ian Quinn, Yale University Fall 2021
This non-major introductory course covered the fundamentals of musical language (notation, rhythm, scales, keys, melodies, and chords), including writing, analysis, singing, and dictation. This was the first iteration of a new curriculum based on the singing-school tradition that was taught entirely without the use of the keyboard. Incorporating pedagogies from South Indian Carnatic music and shape-note traditions, Prof. Quinn developed a new system of notation for this pedagogical approach, before introducing students to notation systems of Western Art music.
As a Teaching Fellow, I was responsible for leading two discussion sections of 11-13 students and grading final assignments.