Contributing Areas


Musicology Faculty Research embraces a wide range of topics with a particular emphasis on American music, including women in musical life, Hollywood film music, jazz in New Orleans, and online musical communities, among others. In addition to completing a rigorous coursework regime, students develop professional skills through conference presentations and TA assignments in Western art music, world music, and popular music courses.

Music Theory

The Music Theory Area at the University of Iowa comprises a small group of scholars doing cutting-edge research in areas such as transformational theory, popular music, critical theory, modal theory, and history of theory. Our research expertise spans the Renaissance era through the early 21st century.


The Composition Faculty teach individual composition lessons at two levels: undergraduate composition for students working toward the Bachelor of Music degree and graduate composition for composers in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs.

Recent News

Chairing MGMC Session

Iowa hosts the 2024 Midwest Graduate Music Consortium

Monday, April 15, 2024
Graduate student scholars, composers, and performers gathered in Voxman to share new research, music, and camaraderie.

Trevor Harvey receives Hubbard-Walder Teaching Award

Monday, April 1, 2024
This university-wide teaching award recognizes those "who have demonstrated excellence in a rich variety of university teaching (e.g., undergraduate, graduate or professional, classroom, one-on-one) and contributed to curriculum and/or program development."

Join Us For Colloquium!

All colloquium presentations are 1:30–2:20 pm on Fridays in Classroom 2 on the Basement Level of the Voxman Music Building, unless otherwise noted.

The University of Iowa Musicology and Music Theory and Composition Colloquium Series puts Students, Faculty, and University Community Members in dialogue with a range of experts in related fields. Invited guests have included Holly Watkins (Eastman School of Music), Will Robin (University of Maryland), Dwandalyn R. Reece (National Museum of African American History and Culture), Nadine Hubbs (University of Michigan), Gabriel Solis (University of Illinois), Sherrie Tucker (University of Kansas), Mark Katz (UNC-Chapel Hill), Neil Lerner (Davidson College), Glenn Watkins (University of Michigan), Carol Oja (Harvard University), Douglas Shadle (Vanderbilt University), Wendy Heller (Princeton University), and Anne Walters Robertson (University of Chicago). In addition to formal presentations, the annual calendar of events routinely includes work-in-progress presentations by university students and faculty, and professional development workshops on everything from resumes and cover letters to the design of music curriculums and digital humanities projects. 

Zoom Links will be available for the foreseeable future. 

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