"It's an extraordinary thrill to work with living composers and present new music to an audience. I aim to share this passion with my students so that their minds and ears are always stimulated and ready to absorb everything the world of music has to offer."
What Students Say
"Ashlee Mack goes beyond simple technical instruction to inspire students of a wide range of ability, experience, and interest. She shows her students how to understand music on a higher level. She is also a pianist of tremendous ability and regularly performs at Knox and in the Galesburg community, and has performed all over the world and appeared on several renowned recordings. Ashlee's performances are always defined by the same strengths that characterize her teaching-sensitivity, passion, and a profound understanding of music."
-Sam Lewis, Music Major
"Ashlee is a true musician. Besides being a fantastic pianist, she is generous of spirit -- she has absolute confidence in each of her students' abilities to develop; she easily adapts to individual students' needs; her sense of humor and energy are infectious. Learning from Ashlee develops in you a more robust self-confidence, one that sticks throughout daily life, not simply when you sit at the keyboard. In the three years I've spent with her -- which have been far too little time -- my playing has certainly improved, but more importantly, I have begun to believe that most of my anxieties (from turning another musician's pages to playing a solo recital) are actually conquerable. Anyone who pays attention to what Ashlee has to teach will surely be changed."
-Mattie Gulyash, Music and History Major
Baby talk is serious business for senior Megan Beney, a double major in music and anthropology and sociology. Her Honors research focuses on the musical qualities of the ways that people talk to infants.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder is selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Seniors Megan Beney and Eva Marley spoke at the Central States Anthropology Society. Beney's topic was the musical nature of speech directed at infants, and Marley discussed social media sites and social movements.