About

I’m a Visiting Assistant Professor of music at Skidmore College.

My route to music theory was slightly circuitous, as I took my only undergraduate music theory class–which was entirely species counterpoint–during the spring semester of my senior year. I was hooked, got a job pushing pianos around, and learned a bit more. This stuff actually had a much more direct bearing on my day-to-day life and understanding of the world than my work on weak gravitational lensing and galaxy clusters.

My current research interests have shifted drastically since I came into the field thinking I’d be doing math and music and set-theory stuff. My dissertation is on the role and experience of genre in post-millennial popular music with some relatively novel case studies ones for music theorists (mashups and current curated/algorithmically inflected experiences.) My other work has centered mostly on topic theory, including talks/writings on diachrony and the chorale topic and tonality as a topic in early 20th-century modernist music.

Most recently, I’ve become interested in how aspects of gender, race, sexuality, and demographics influence how music is perceived, distributed, and (especially) categorized. Some of my posts will be on how these sorts of things affect music theory in particular.

Originally from New Mexico, I now live in Saratoga Springs, close to my wonderful partner–who’s making the world a better place with music therapy–and our cat, Louie.

The picture on this page is from a flight over the Sangre de Cristo mountain range in Colorado, separating the San Luis Valley from the Wet Mountain Valley. It’s my favorite place in the world, and I’ve learned many valuable lessons there while hiking, camping, talking, running from lightning/mountain lions, sitting, and just being.

Some contact info:

Twitter: @tgj505