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School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041
smtd@oakland.edu

School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041
smtd@oakland.edu

Melissa Hoag

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Associate Professor of Music Theory
Music Theory Program Coordinator

Contact:
hoag@oakland.edu
(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. 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.

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, Schenkerian analysis, counterpoint, and rhythm and meter.

Professor Hoag’s research interests include music theory pedagogy and voice leading and rhythm and meter in Brahms. Her articles and reviews appear in a variety of publications, including BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute, Music Theory Online, Engaging Students: Essays in Music PedagogyDutch Journal of Music Theory, Gamut, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Music Theory Pedagogy Online, College Music Symposium, Notes, and Semiotica.

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 the Society for Music Theory’s online journal, Music Theory Online. Professor Hoag has also recently been appointed to the editorial board for the Society for Music Theory’s innovative videocast journal, SMT-V.