School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Melissa Hoag

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Associate Professor of Music Theory
Music Theory Program Coordinator

(248) 370-4153

Melissa Hoag
 is Associate Professor of Music Theory at Oakland University, where she has been coordinator of the music theory area since Fall 2007. Aside from various courses within the undergraduate core curriculum in music theory and aural skills, Professor Hoag teaches upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses on the following topics: analytical techniques of post-1900 music, form and analysis, sonata form, Brahms lieder, voice-leading analysis, counterpoint, theory pedagogy, and rhythm and meter.

Professor Hoag’s publications on music theory pedagogy and voice leading and rhythm and meter in Brahms have appeared in a variety of publications, including Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy (ed. VanHandel); BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach InstituteMusic Theory OnlineEngaging Students: Essays in Music PedagogyDutch Journal of Music TheoryGamutJournal of Music Theory PedagogyMusic Theory Pedagogy OnlineCollege Music SymposiumNotes; and Semiotica. Recently, Professor Hoag served as guest editor for a special music theory issue of HAYDN: Online Journal of the Haydn Society of North America (forthcoming).

Professor Hoag has served the discipline as reader, table leader, and question leader for the College Board’s Advanced Placement exam in music theory since 2007. In 2015, Professor Hoag served as local arrangements chair for Music Theory Midwest when the conference held its twenty-sixth annual conference on Oakland’s campus, and served two terms as secretary to that organization from 2012-2016. Currently, Professor Hoag serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy and College Music Symposium, as well as the Society for Music Theory’s innovative videocast journal, SMT-V.

Professor Hoag holds a Ph.D. in music theory with doctoral minors in piano performance and music history from Indiana University. She also holds a bachelor of music degree from Drake University.