I’m a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago; the Director of Development for Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago-based new music ensemble; and teach Suzuki-method violin and viola.
I am certified in the Suzuki method, and have taught in a variety of educational settings since 2004. I took Every Child Can and Book 1 in 2008; Book 2 in 2011; and Books 3 and 4 and Suzuki Principles in Action in 2012. I have also completed numerous professional development sessions and received extensive mentorship from a variety of master teachers around the country.
I received my BA in Music (with an emphasis on ethnomusicology and viola performance) from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, where I was a Trustees Scholar and a Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellow. I also received my MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago in 2012. As an ethnomusicologist, I have done research on Jewish hip-hop artists, applied work on Jewish social dance in Philadelphia, and the musical dimensions of the 2011-2012 Wisconsin pro-union protests. My current projects include an exploration of the relationship between synagogue mobility and musical change in Philadelphia, which I am completing as a 2012-13 Urban Doctoral Fellow; and dissertation research on music education and cultural policy in Chicago.
As a performer, my main focus is chamber music, and I dabble in Irish and klezmer fiddle; I am the violist in the Chicago-based quartet The Lonely Prairie. I also make short films and mix audio when I have the time and/or interest. In my small amounts of free time I like painting, photography, cooking, reading, exploring new places, fashion, people watching, doing Jewish stuff, and going to as many cheap concerts as possible. I’m passionate about music education and about making it available to a wide variety of people.
My partner, Matt Meltzer, is an immigration attorney, and blogs about all things transit and urban development over at the Transit Pass. We live in Chicago with our two cats, Pablo and Lola.
Get in touch at meredithaskamcbride [at] gmail [dot] com. CV available upon request.