Lecturer in Musicology, Dan School of Drama & Music, Queen's University, Ontario

I am a Lecturer at Queen's School of Music, where I currently teach two courses, "The Social History of Popular Music" and "World Musics." I am also a full time elementary teacher in the Limestone District School Board, where I teach music, primarily. My research areas include the history of popular music, gender in music education, social justice issues in education, and special education applications of musical instrument practice. I am a multi-instrumentalist, but primarily a drummer and percussionist.


  • –present
    Teacher, Limestone District School Board
  • –present
    Lecturer in Musicology, Dan School of Drama & Music, Queen's University, Ontario


  • 2008 
    Queen's University, Masters of Education
  • 2007 
    Queen's University, Bachelor of Education


  • 2019
    Brook, J.; MacKay, R.J.; & Trimmer, C. How does a rock musician teach? Examining the pedagogical practices of a self-taught rock musician-educator. , The Journal of Popular Music Education
  • 2019
    (Chapter) A stage of one’s own: Women’s musical roles in the male-dominated space of Canadian popular music. , In C. Marsh & H. Everett (Eds.) Spanning the distance. (In press)
  • 2009
    (Chapter) Teacher, teacher, can you reach me? What we can learn about teaching music from Canadian Female Pop Musicians., In L. Gould et al. (Eds.) Exploring social justice: How music education might matter (pp. 184-196).
  • 2008
    Beware the Chickens! 4-Tracking My Way into Students’ Heads & Hearts., Elements
  • 2006
    Studying the social history of popular music: Promoting the critical musical mind one student at a time., Gender, Education, Music and Society

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Limestone Learning Foundation
    Funding Source:

Professional Memberships

  • International Association or Studies in Popular Music
  • Canadian Music Educators Association
  • Ontario Music Educators Association
  • Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario