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THEME lecture series: Sarah Bartolome, Northwestern University: "From Idea Incubation to Implementation: The Trauma, Music, and the Breath Initiative"   

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 4:00pm
Sarah Bartolome
Dr. Sarah Bartolome, Associate Professor of Music, Northwestern University

Sarah J. Bartolome, associate professor at Northwestern University, provides an overview of the Trauma, Music, and the Breath (TMB) initiative, an interdisciplinary research project at Northwestern investigating the use of music as an intervention for trauma. 


This talk provides an overview of the Trauma, Music, and the Breath (TMB) initiative, an interdisciplinary research project that brings together Northwestern University faculty experts in music, psychology, trauma, medicine, and biomedical engineering to investigate the use of music as an intervention for trauma. Dr. Sarah Bartolome, TMB Co-Lead, will share the design and ongoing implementation of the multi-site investigation as well as the unique Idea Incubation Workshop process that empowers cross-university teams of researchers to undertake interdisciplinary, global research addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The TMB Initiative is sponsored by the NU Buffett Institute for Global Affairs. Learn more here.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Sarah J. Bartolome is associate professor of Music Education at the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.

Dr. Bartolome is a children’s music specialist with an interest in world music for the classroom. She earned degrees in music education from Ithaca College (BM), Northwestern University (’02 MMus), and the University of Washington (PhD). She is also a fully certified Kodaly educator, having received all three levels of certification from the New England Conservatory’s Kodaly Music Institute and serving on the faculty of the Kodaly Levels Program of Seattle.

Dr. Bartolome’s scholarship in music education has been published in such journals as the Journal of Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, the International Journal of Community Music, the Kodaly Envoy, and the Music Educators Journal. Dr. Bartolome is the author of World Music Pedagogy V: Choral Music Education (Routledge, 2019) and co-author of a forthcoming book on gender expansive music education (Routledge, 2022). Her research interests include participatory music making as social capital, world music pedagogy, gender expansive music education, and trauma-informed approaches in music education.

Dr. Bartolome is a frequent clinician at regional, national, and international conferences and has completed music fieldwork in Ghana, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Panama, and Vietnam. In 2013, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in Vilnius, Lithuania where she spent five months teaching at the Vilnius Pedagogical University and conducting research with local folk ensembles and choirs. At Northwestern, Dr. Bartolome serves as the co-lead for the Music, Trauma, and the Breath Initiative, an interdisciplinary research effort sponsored by the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at Northwestern University, she also serves as the Associate Director of the Evanston Children’s Choir.

Series Background

THEME: A colloquium of UW faculty and students of Theory, History, Ethnomusicology, and Music Education held on select Friday afternoons during Autumn Quarter. 

Upcoming Events in This Series

Dec. 2: James Currie (State University of New York); Melanie Lowe (Vanderbilt University); Frederick Reece (University of Washington): 
"Forgery in Musical Composition"