Melody Chapin

Melody Chapin is a PhD candidate in Musicology & Ethnomusicology at Brown University with diverse research interests in music, noise and sound in urban and postcolonial contexts. Her current dissertation project explores the intersection between municipal noise policy, notions of community and residential listening practices, with a primary focus on Providence and Washington, DC, two cities whose population demographics have shifted rapidly due to gentrification processes. Her secondary research is on 19th- and 20th-century opera and art music in Brazil. She has studied and conducted research at the University of São Paulo, Brazil with the support of a US Student Fulbright Grant and with grants from the University of New Hampshire, Tufts University and Brown University. 

In addition to her research practices, Chapin is also passionate about topics of teaching and learning. As an educator she is committed to fostering inclusive learning environments in the classroom through evidence-based, anti-racist and decolonizing teaching practices. At Brown University she has worked closely with the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning through her roles as a student, a proctor for the center and a teaching consultant. She regularly seeks workshops, learning collaboratives, and conferences to hone her current teaching skills and to learn about new approaches in the field.

Academic areas of interest

Sound studies 
Postcolonial studies of Western classical music 
History and culture of the Americas and Caribbean 
US urban history

Spring 2022

HPSS-S212-01 Sounding Providence
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