I am a musicologist specializing in cultural studies of early modern English music, music and disability studies, and the historiography of early music. I am currently pursuing an alternative academic career as an adjunct professor in New York City, a freelance editor and professional indexer, and I own and operate and teach private and small group music lessons at Stellar Music Space in Brooklyn, NYC. I am also a certified yoga teacher specialising in modifications and routines for chronic pain and disabilities.


Music, Myth, and Story in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, editing with Katherine Butler, under contract with Boydell & Brewer Press, expected publication date early 2019. Table of content available upon request.

Review article of James Knowles, Politics and Political Culture in the Court Masque, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, in the Newsletter of the North American British Music Studies Association, 2018.

Review article of Rebecca Herissone and Alan Howard (eds), Concepts of Creativity in Seventeenth-Century England, Woodbridge, UK: Boydell and Brewer, 2013, in the Journal of the Renaissance Society of America, expected early 2018.

Review article of William Cheng, Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2016, Journal of Musicological Research 36 (2017): 252–55.

“Madness and Music as (Dis)ability in Early Modern England.” Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies, eds Blake Howe, Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Neil Lerner, and Joseph Straus, Oxford and London: Oxford University Press, 2015.

“ ‘But You Don’t Look Sick’: Dismodernism, Disability Studies and Music Therapy on Invisible Illness and the Unstable Body.” Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy 14:3 (November 2014): https://voices.no/index.php/voices/article/view/802 .

Review article of Christina L. Baade, Victory through Harmony: The BBC and Popular Music in World War II. On the web site of the International Association for Popular Music — United States chapter, 2012.

‘Music, Madness and Disease: Disability Studies in Early Musicological Research’, postmedieval (2012).

‘ “But You Don’t Look Sick’: A Survey of Scholars with Chronic, Invisible Illnesses and their Advice on How to Live and Work in Academia’. In Music Theory Online 15/3 (2009), < http://mto.societymusictheory.org/issues/mto.09.15.3/mto.09.15.3.bassler.html&gt;. Reprinted in the Winter 2010 newsletter of the Shekel Association, Israel.

Review article of Claire Mabilat, Orientalism and Representations of Music in the Nineteenth-Century British Popular Arts. In the Newsletter of the North American British Music Studies Association, Spring 2009, <http://nabmsa.org/newsletters/Newsletterindex51.html#Bassler&gt;.

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    American Musicological Society

    Society for Music Theory

    Society for Ethnomusicology

    Medieval and Renaissance Music conference

    North American British Music Studies Association

    Renaissance Society of America

    Society of Disability Studies

    The College Music Society

    Music Teachers National Association

    Society for Early Modern Women

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