Lydia Barrett

Graduate Pedagogy Fellow in Music (2023)

Lydia Barrett is a third-year PhD student in cross-cultural musicology. Their work considers gender and musical migration around the Sahara. Some of Lydia’s favorite collaborative learning experiences include teaching private voice lessons, working at the infant room at a Montessori school, volunteering at an English immersion summer camp in Poland, and, most recently, TAing for exciting music classes like Global Pop and Songwriting. Lydia came to UCSC after two years of teaching English at a secondary school in northeastern Benin, West Africa, where they also coordinated a national girls’ scholarship and mentorship program. In Benin, Lydia discovered a passion for active learning and collaborative education models, with a special focus on gender equity and student-centered classrooms. Lydia is excited at the opportunity to work with CITL in growing in their capacity as a facilitator and co-learner, as well as to help foster a community of mutual support among graduate student workers in the music department.