Humanities and Arts

Contact Information

Office:
Alden Memorial, 211
Phone: +1-508-831-5695
eshim@wpi.edu

Eunmi Shim

Musicologist and pianist Eunmi Shim is the award-winning author of Lennie Tristano: His Life in Music (University of Michigan Press, 2007) which received the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in Recorded Jazz and the Bronze Prize for the Independent Publisher Book Award in Performing Arts. Professor Shim is also a contributor to The Grove Dictionary of American Music.

Professor Shim has taught a wide variety of courses at WPI, including music history, music theory, world music, and inquiry seminars. In these courses, she encourages students to develop analytical, critical, and creative thinking skills in understanding music, not only in historical and theoretical terms but also in cultural and social contexts. She also strives to engage students in the learning process by asking stimulating questions that generate class discussions, thus motivating students to participate actively and express their individual views. A significant element underlying her teaching is the belief that effective communication is most important in creating a caring and engaging environment conducive to learning.

Research Interests

  • American Music
  • Jazz History

Education

  • BM, Piano Performance, magna cum laude, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 1987
  • MM, Musicology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993
  • PhD, Musicology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999

Featured Publications

  • Review of Frank Tirro, “The Birth of the Cool of Miles Davis and His Associates” (NY: Pendragon Press, 2009), in Notes: the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 66/3 (March 2010).
  • Review of Peter Ind, “Jazz Visions: Lennie Tristano and His Legacy” (London: Equinox Publishing, 2005) in Journal of the Society for American Music 2/1/2008.
  • Lennie Tristano: His Life in Music. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2007. Winner of the 2008 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound and the 2008 Bronze Prize for the Independent Publisher Book Award for Performing Arts.
  • "Frank Trumbauer's Solo Style," Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook, Vol. 27, 2007.
  • "The New Jazz Society and Modern Jazz," Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook, Vol. 26, 2006.
 
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