I am a PhD Candidate in Musicology studying video game music at the University of British Columbia. My dissertation examines the role that music plays in influencing how players feel in pastoral (forests and fields) and anti-pastoral (eerie) landscapes in Final Fantasy X, XII, XIII, and XV. I have attained a Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music and Classical Studies (Languages Specialization) from the University of Waterloo, as well as an ARCT in Piano Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
In addition to my doctoral research, I am currently investigating music and landscapes in Final Fantasy XVI, lament in the NieR series, and archaeogaming, music, and katabasis in Persona 5 Royal and Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin.
I have been teaching piano and music theory for over 13 years and am currently preparing to launch a blog/YouTube channel, Game Music Mage, to share my analyses of video game music with other players.
I also enjoy creating resources for other music educators via my store, The Travelling Troubadour Music Resources, on TPT (formerly TeachersPayTeachers) and Boom Learning.
I received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship and a Joseph Armand Bombardier scholarship for my PhD research on music and landscapes in Final Fantasy X, XII, XIII, and XV. I was also awarded the Governor General’s Silver Medal for highest academic standing in an undergraduate degree program.
I have given academic papers at the North American Conference on Video Game Music (NACVGM), the Mozart Society of America’s (MSA) annual conference, the University of Toronto Graduate Music Conference, and the Pacific Northwest Graduate Student Conference.
In addition, I have had the opportunity to speak with CBC Radio One, the Vancouver Sun, and UBC Media Relations about my doctoral research and ludomusicology (the study of video game music).
I am very passionate about video game music and enjoy sharing my knowledge with others! My goal is to give students the tools to analyse video game music so that they can gain an even deeper appreciation for the game music they already know and love.