Dr. James V. Maiello

 "I love teaching and I take the art and craft of teaching very seriously. I really enjoy working with students every day, and you need to know that so you’re comfortable seeking me out for help.  You’re always welcome in my office.  It’s your education, I’m here to help you make it a great one.

The core of my teaching philosophy is this: I aim to make myself useless.  If I do my job right, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to be successful without a teacher.  This might entail specific professional knowledge about music that is directly relevant to your intended career, but more important, you’ll develop a variety of transferrable skills—critical thinking, research, and writing skills, problem-solving strategies, modes of thought—that will be useful in whatever you do in life.  I’m pretty demanding academically, but I’ve worked hard to design courses that move you toward independence, and each assignment, activity, and class experience and their places in the curriculum are carefully considered.  Being in a university is a wonderful, kaleidoscopic opportunity, and we should all make it a point to enjoy the ride.”- James Maiello

Dr. James V. Maiello is currently Associate Professor of Musicology, having joined the Desautels Faculty of Music in 2013.  He also directs the university’s Collegium Musicum and serves as the Graduate Chair for Music.  From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Maiello served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN (USA).  He also taught music at the middle school level in the Pine Plains CSD (NY, USA) and maintains teacher certification (Music K-12) in New York State.

B.Music in Music Education (S.U.N.Y Fredonia)
M.Music in Music History (Bowling Green State University)
Ph.D.  Musicology & European Medieval Studies (University of California, Santa Barbara)


Dr. Maiello’s research focuses primarily on western plainchant and liturgy.  His current work examines music, liturgy, and identity in medieval Italy.  Other research interests include music and semiotics, music history pedagogy, and educational philosophy.  Dr. Maiello’s research and reviews have appeared in Plainsong & Medieval Music, Notes, Symposium, the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and Fontes Artis Musicae.  He also authored the survey of medieval music for the A-R Editions Online Music Anthology’s online textbook module.  Another article, “Updating the Alleluia at Pistoia,” appears in “Qui musicam in se habet,” Studies in Honor of Alejandro Planchart. Middleton, WI: American Institute of Musicology, 2015.  He also writes regularly for Fanfare magazine.

Research in progress includes a book, Music, Liturgy, & Identity in Medieval Pistoia, and an edition and commentary of the 12th-century sequence repertory of Pistoia.  He is also working on a project that examines music and ceremony for the Feast of St. James the Greater in Pistoia in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Dr. Maiello is also collaborating with Dr. David Watt (Dept. of English, Film, & Theatre) and other colleagues at the University of Manitoba on a project titled “Maple Leaves,” which aims to identify, preserve, and facilitate access to manuscripts in Western Canadian archives and libraries.


Associate Professor of Musicology
Graduate Chair for Music
Director, Collegium Musicum


Room 425 Taché Hall
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB. R3T 2N2 
Phone: 204-474-6017
Email: James.Maiello@umanitoba.ca