BRENDA RAVENSCROFT (Ph.D. University of British Columbia, 1993) is Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts and Science and Associate Professor of music theory and analysis. Prior to her current administrative position she held the position of Associate Dean of Studies for 6 years.
In her position as Associate Dean she is responsible for teaching and learning initiatives and quality enhancement across the Faculty. Since 2011 she has been leading a large-scale course redesign initiative, focused on using evidence-based practices to transform high-enrolment introductory courses into blended models to enhance student engagement. She is the principal investigator in the related research project, and has presented the results of this research at national and international pedagogical conferences. She is responsible for the Continuing and Distance Studies unit, which offers fully online courses in the Faculty, and which is currently undergoing a process quality enhancement and expansion of offerings to attract new distance students. All of her work is guided by a student-focused, evidence-based approach.
Her music research is focused on twentieth-century American composers, particularly aspects of rhythmic organization and the setting of poetry to music in songs. Much of her published work has been on the music of Elliott Carter, including a chapter in the recent Carter Studies collection (Cambridge University Press, 2012). She has a strong interest in the role of women in music, and chaired the Society for Music Theory’s Committee on the Status of Women from 2006 to 2009. She has written on the songs of Libby Larsen, and has recently started researching the influence of indigenous musics on the works of the South African composer, Priaulx Rainier. Her primary current project is a multi-volume series of analytical essays on music by women composers, for which she is the co-editor and a contributor.