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Carol Pragides

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Office 511

Courses Taught

College Writing: ESL

Oral English: ESL

ESL Writing


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.


Carol Pragides is a Humanities and Sciences faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Other courses taught include Approaches to College Writing, Listening and Speaking for ESL Learners, Writing and Grammar for ESL Learners, and Graduate Studies in Music. She holds an MA from San Francisco State University, and a BS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.