Mark McCorkle

PhD Student
Office: TC 415

Mark McCorkle is a Ph.D. student in Musicology whose research interests lie in jazz history. His present research examines the uniqueness of jazz venues as musical, social, and cultural spaces. He is particularly interested in how public discourse shapes our understandings of jazz clubs and how these spaces influence our understandings of jazz music. Mark holds a Master of Arts in Musicology from Western (2017) and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Windsor (2015).

Mark’s published work can be found in The Bulletin of the Society for American Music and in The Canadian Music Educator. His work has also appeared on programs for various graduate student conferences in Canada and the U.S., most recently at the University of North Texas in Fall 2016. His professional affiliations include the Society for American Music and the American Musicological Association.

Mark’s current pedagogical efforts are focused on developing methods and ideas for incorporating Problem-Based Learning into the undergraduate musicology classroom. His goal in using Problem-Based Learning is to help students achieve a sense of active participation in Western musical history, counteracting common sentiments of distanced historical observation. The result is a student-focused education that prioritizes individual learning over external knowledge and a classroom experience that translates into action and engagement in students’ communities.

During his time at Western, Mark has been actively engaged with the administrative life of the school, serving on the Society of Graduate Students as a member of both the Finance Committee and the Equity Committee. He also currently sits on the Faculty of Music’s Honours and Awards Committee as a graduate student representative.