Andrew Malilay White


Andrew Malilay White researches how nineteenth-century pianists practiced in order to improvise. These improvisatory practice methods were linked to thoroughbass and related eighteenth-century practices like the partimento tradition, but in many cases were chordal and "harmonic" in conception. This research is based on the pedagogical materials of Carl Czerny, Simon Sechter, and Friedrich Wieck, as well as sketches and works by Clara Schumann and Franz Liszt and accounts of their playing and improvisation. His secondary interests include live coding music, topic theory, and the anthropology of skill.

Andrew’s research is supported by the interdisciplinary Franke Institute for the Humanities. In 2018, he received Eugene K. Wolf Grant for European Research from the American Musicological Society for his archival work. He was a 2019–2020 Stuart Tave Teaching Fellow of the University of Chicago's Humanities Division, where he taught a seminar-workshop for undergraduates titled "Improvisation: Critical Studies in Music."

Andrew is from Guam, where his family still resides. He first began studying music theory and piano performance at the University of Guam.

Teaching Experience

MUSI 28620, Improvisation: Critical Studies in Music (Instructor of Record, Winter 2020)
MUSI 10400, Introduction to Music Analysis and Criticism (Instructor of Record, Autumn 2018)
MUSI 15100-15200-15300, Harmony and Voice Leading (Course Assistant, Autumn 2017 to Winter 2019)