Andrea Calilhanna

Andrea Calilhanna

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Elder Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

This qualitative research studies Ski-hill Graph Pedagogy to contribute to meter fundamentals pedagogy and literature. Richard Cohn (Yale) introduced the ski-hill graph into meter pedagogy in the 1990s first to analyse meter; then, as a pedagogical meter theory instrument, listeners can map a summary of all pulses and all the meters from listening to and imagining music.

Meter theory and practice from music textbooks (Calilhanna, 2018) are inherently problematic because they decentralise listening to disconnect the experience of the meter and its representation. Notation-based understandings of the meter: time signature's group of a beat in measures provide little information about the meter. This PhD is a response to the availability of contemporary meter theories (Cohn, 2020) and develops some of the work of my Master's thesis (2018). 

Ski-hill Graph Pedagogy's psychoacoustic approach contributes insights for meter basics, focusing on the mathematical aspects of listening. This research project advances my prior qualitative research of teaching meter through Ski-hill graphs to provide a qualitative study of Cohn's Ski-hill meter theory applied to meter fundamentals pedagogy through the Ski-hill Graph Pedagogy approach I developed inspired by Cohn's meter theory.

The project includes a Case Study of my students and their interaction with the Ski-hill graph to learn meter fundamentals, interviews with students, interviews with music teachers, work samples, music analyses, and a literature review. The project aims to situate Ski-hill Graph Pedagogy among meter pedagogy practices and theories to benefit meter fundamentals education.


Travel Grant to attend the Early Career Acoustician Retreat (EAR) at the 178th meeting of the   Acoustical Society of America, San Diego, Acoustical Society of America, 2019.

Conference Grant (Meter Symposium), Ian Potter Foundation, 2018.

Visiting Fellow Western Sydney University, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development 2018. 


Casual academic positions at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and UNSW and extensive studio and classroom teaching.

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