Veronica Pejril

13 Feb

MeThe first thought I have as I wake each morning isn’t “how will I be an innovator today;” however, I find that being “on the edge” of things is where I’m most comfortable in my professional roles. It keeps things exciting and fresh, both for me and for those I serve in the classroom and in the broader campus community. As both a teaching faculty member and an instructional technologist, I feel the pain and reap the rewards of both roles. Add into the mix that I’m an artist at heart, and the results have been exciting. Departments such as Music and Theater at my institution have found invigoration through using existing technologies in out-of-the-box ways (like Moodle forums for media-rich peer reviews for student composers, conductors and performers), and new technologies to make communication simpler, more direct, and often collaborative.

A year ago, our campus adopted Google Apps,  and I’ve been an evangelist of the ease of collaboration we’ve experienced since then. Doing so has helped facilitate exciting things, from inter-institutional and interdisciplinary coursework, to the podcast for our School of Music’s weekly radio show.

I’ve helped our campus migrate to a new custom streaming audio server, which the School of Music, and the Modern Languages department rely on heavily. Faculty members enjoy creating notation-rich course-specific playlists of audio-reserves which are then streamed to students enrolled in those courses through the web and on mobile devices. Our music history students can do their required listening-assignments while working out in the gym.

My teaching, my geekery, and my creative art as a composer have always interplayed in ways that have benefited each other. And they benefit other teachers as well. Other things that keep my mind active include playing keyboards in a jazz/blues quintet, talking with my twin 17 y/o boys, and challenging myself by cooking unusual dishes. Here’s some of my music:

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2 Responses to “Veronica Pejril”

  1. Lisa Spiro February 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    It’s great to have you in the Studio, Veronica! I’m struck by your description of “being on the edge,” on bringing multiple perspectives to your work. As you observe, innovation often comes in simplifying processes and enabling people to work (together) more easily. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts about how the process of creating music compares to the process of developing new programs and technical approaches.

    • Lisa Spiro February 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

      Oh, and what a lovely piece of music!

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