THE HYATT REGENCY • MIAMI, FLORIDA • 07.09.19–07.13.19


Session Title: A Brass Odyssey: Using the Natural Trumpet and the History of Lip-blown Instruments to Teach Beginners (Co-presenter: Chris Hasselbring)

Kirsty Montgomery is a British-born Chicago-area educator who loves music, history and coffee. In spite of dropping history at secondary school on account of it being utterly boring, she holds a BA in political science from Northwestern University, and a MA in social science, MA in history, and Ph.D in history from the University of Chicago. As an educator she has taught history (European Civilization, World Civilization, Ancient World Religions and Philosophy, History of Britain, and the History of China and India) at academic institutions including Oakton Community College, Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, The University of Chicago, and the Illinois Math and Science Academy. Kirsty has presented at academic conferences worldwide and published several articles, most recently in the International Trumpet Guild Journal (2015). Her scholarly interests include the history of lip-blown instruments, and she is also the co-author of Around the World in Twenty-One Trumpets, a cross-disciplinary method for teaching the fundamentals of brass playing. Through this project she continues to explore ways to excite children about history and culture. Kirsty serves as a scientific advisor & artist for the European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP), and she is currently the Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Northwestern University. 

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