1. Faculty

Carol Pragides

Humanities and Sciences


  • Approaches to College Writing
  • Listening and Speaking for ESL Learners
  • Writing and Grammar for ESL Learners
  • Graduate Studies in Music


  • MA, San Francisco State University
  • BS, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

What is your hometown?

Chicago, IL

What is your favorite recording?

It changes, but right now I can't get enough of Chris Cornell's rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Thank You," recorded live in Canada in 2011.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

I like to stay active by jogging, playing tennis, and hiking.

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

"Do I have an effective thesis statement in my essay?"

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

I'd either be writing or editing somewhere, or running a restaurant with my friends.

If you could listen to only three composers/performers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

At this stage in my life, I would pick Dave Matthews, Alicia Keys, and Frederic Chopin.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

The ‘80s: Prince, The Police, Talking Heads. I got my own radio in the ‘80s and haven't stopped listening since.

What is your unrealized project?

I'd love to write a book of fiction someday.