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Jennifer M. Smith

Jennifer M. Smith



Jennifer M. Smith

Assistant Professor of Instruction – Music Theory

Jennifer M. Smith joined the faculty of Ohio University in Fall 2016, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in music theory. Prior to coming to Athens, she held teaching positions at DePauw University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida, Dr. Smith coordinated the freshman theory and aural skills curriculum and developed the theory curriculum for UF’s Online Master’s in Music Education program, including a Canvas-based online diagnostic and review program. At DePauw, she helped to pioneer the first-year aural skills curriculum for the 21st-Century Musician program (21CM).

Dr. Smith’s research interests include Schenkerian analysis, Baroque textual expression, phrase structure, form, and music theory/aural skills pedagogy. Her current research focuses on the influence of tonal structure and motivic enlargements on the underlying narrative progression in J. S. Bach’s multi-movement vocal works, and she has presented aspects of this work at several regional conferences, including Music Theory Southeast, the South Central Society for Music Theory, and the Texas Society for Music Theory. She has also served as an editorial assistant forMusic Theory Online(2008–2010).

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. – Music Theory, Florida State University (2012)
  • M.M. – Music Theory, Bowling Green State University (2008)
  • B.A. – Music and Elementary Education, summa cum laude, Anderson University (2006)