The Roots of Knowledge: Enhancing Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Through Work with Primary Sources
Two significant and related pedagogical challenges in higher education are the lack of opportunities for undergraduate students to engage with primary sources and a dominant curricular focus on the cultural achievements of a narrow set of figures who are considered canonical. Undergraduate students are rarely expected to consult primary sources as a means of interrogating the canon — or the authority of the textbooks and secondary sources that often sustain it. Also, at a moment of pressing need for diversity and inclusion in undergraduate curricula, engaging with previously overlooked archival materials offers access to exploring how members of underrepresented groups, who are often excluded from the canon, have played significant roles in shaping culture. The Roots of Knowledge CUES project addresses such challenges by integrating the use of materials from archives and digital collections into undergraduate learning experiences. This project will redesign of a foundational course for music majors to center on the use of primary source materials found in Tucson and of digitized items from collections elsewhere. The project also supports the creation and world premieres of new musical works to be composed and performed by UA students and examined by students enrolled in the course — an experience that itself leads to the production of new primary sources to be analyzed by students in the future. Aiming to impact work with primary sources in other disciplines, the project will present a symposium that showcases the primary source–based research of undergraduates across the UA, and it will also host a workshop series for faculty in different disciplines on involving undergraduates in high-level work with archival materials.
Edwin Guevara Gutiérrez
Composer, arranger, conductor, and guitarist
Hailing from Bogotá, Colombia, Edwin Guevara Gutiérrez is a composer, arranger, conductor, and guitarist. His compositions are published by Bergmann Edition of Denmark and have been performed by significant figures and chamber ensembles. As the Duo Villa-Lobos, he and his wife, the Venezuelan cellist Cecilia Palma, recorded the album Music for Cello and Guitar on Naxos. A professor at the Sergio Arboleda University in Bogotá, he is currently completing a DMA in guitar at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona, under the guidance of Professor Thomas Patterson.
Curator and Archivist, Fred Fox School of Music
Amy Roberts is the curator and archivist for the Jazz and Popular Music Archive at the Fred Fox School of Music. As part of the CUES The Roots of Knowledge: Enhancing Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Through Work with Primary Sources project, Amy provides students with opportunities to engage in archival research. She also facilitates the development of new archival collections documenting this project's yearly world premieres and their context, including Tom Peterson’s Quintetto Profano.
Presentations & Publications
APR 2021: Premieres Across History: Ibero-American Landscapes. Livestream World Premiere by composer Edwin Guevara Gutiérrez, sponsored by CUES and the Fred Fox School of Music, The University of Arizona.
APR 2021: Quintetto Profano: A Case Study in Quarantined Live Performance. Music, Sound and Media in Times of Crisis (International Study Day), Carleton University; Ontario, Canada; with Tom Peterson.
MAR-APR 2021: Teaching through Primary Sources & Archival Materials: Six Workshops. The Roots of Knowledge 2021 Series, sponsored by CUES and the Fred Fox School of Music, The University of Arizona.
MAY 2020: Premieres Across History. Project site launch website.
APR 2020: Quintetto Profano, A Piano Quintet for Five Quarantined Musicians. Livestream World Premiere by composer Tom Peterson, sponsored by CUES and the Fred Fox School of Music, The University of Arizona.