Olivia Block

Olivia Block

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Over the past twenty years, Block has led workshops, taught master classes, completed teaching residencies, and presented lectures in universities and institutions including Harvard (film studies department), University of Chicago (anthropology department), School of the Art Institute (sound department), De Pauw (music and art departments) , University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (music department), Kungl Musikhogskolan in Stockholm (music department), Flagler College (art and anthropology departments), and Mills College (music). 

She has also been a visiting teacher for students in different age and social groups, including adolescent students and high school students. Most recently, she completed a week-long residency at The Thacher School, in Ojai, CA. visiting many classes, including Chorus, Freshman Intro to Music, and worked on presenting a multichannel concert for the Electronic Music course.

 Several pedagogical models have been developed for different situations and participants.

Her workshops and master classes emphasize  listening practices, ethnographic sound, and improvisation. 

She utilizes found micro cassette tapes in guided listening and discussion sessions. These recordings contain conversations,  spoken journals, arbitrary atmospheric sounds and haphazard edits. Through this guided listening exercise,  the social structures around recorded sound and culture are revealed and discussed.

Courses for younger students include improvisational exercises and teaching concepts related to the relationship between sound and music.