Why Music Librarianship?
Of all the possible careers involving cultural and intellectual stimulus, I chose music librarianship, believing I could exploit my full range of knowledge and experience in music education, instrumental pedagogy, music performance, and music scholarship.
What else besides music?
While music is the center of my universe, I am interested or entertained by just about everything, including the fine arts, performing arts and humanities.
In idle moments, I look to the sky. I love astronomy, meteorology, space weather, aircraft, kites, birds--pretty much anything that compels a person to look up.
(in the third person)
Madeline Dietrich was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She began playing the cello at age 12, and the mandolin at 14. She made the double bass her primary instrument when she was 17. In college, she changed her major early on from physics to music, and continued her classical studies and began her study of jazz. She began working as a professional bassist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 1986, and after completing her Bachelor of Music (music education, bass concentration) at the University of North Texas in 1990, she moved to Houston to continue her performance career and begin work as a public school orchestra teacher. After eleven years of teaching, Madeline chose to pursue graduate school, obtaining her Master of Music (bass performance) from Texas Christian University in 2004. She taught applied music as a college adjunct faculty member and private studio instructor while continuing to freelance as a jazz bassist. In 2007-08 she completed a four-month contract on a cruise ship as house bassist. In 2010 she entered the coordinated MM/MLIS at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in a bid to pursue a career in music librarianship, completing the program in 2013. She currently resides in Chicago where she works as a bassist while conducting her search for a suitable music library position.