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André Redwood

Lecturer, Music Theory

Andre Redwood

(413) 545-2227

Fine Arts Center, Room 351

André de Oliveira Redwood is a music theorist and historian of music theory. He specializes in the intellectual, cultural, and social history of music theory, with emphases on the relationship between music and rhetoric and on music theory in the Scientific Revolution. These interests converge in his book (in progress), provisionally entitled Music, Science, and Erudition in the Age of Eloquence: Mersenne and the Uses of Rhetoric, which examines the rhetorical dimensions of the music-theoretical writings of ßFrench polymath Marin Mersenne (1588-1648). Previously published work includes “Mersenne and the Art of Delivery” (Journal of Music Theory 59/1, 2015), and “Collage, Creativity, and Copyright: Sublime Frequencies and the Ethics of Intellectual Property” (Punk Ethnography: Artists and Scholars Listen to Sublime Frequencies, ed. Michael Veal and E. Tammy Kim, Wesleyan University Press, 2016).

Before joining the faculty at UMass in 2017, he was a Fulbright Research Scholar (French Studies) at the Institut de Recherche en Musicologie (IReMus) Paris-Sorbonne Universty (Paris IV). Prior to this, he taught music theory at the University of Notre Dame. In 2011, he was awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, part of the Andrew W. Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Early Career Fellowship Program.

He holds degrees in music theory from the Eastman School of Music (B.M.) and Yale University, (M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.). He studied percussion with Tom Teasley (Jazz) and John H. Beck (Classical), piano with Sergio Monteiro, and harpsichord with Kristian Bezuidenhout.


2017-2018 Courses

MUS 110 Fundamentals of Music Theory
MUS 241 Aural Skills III
MUS 493 Graduate Theory Review
MUS591S Post-Tonal Theory Seminar

MUS 213 Basic Formal Analysis II (2 sections)
DAN 287 Rhythmic Analysis for Dancers
MUS 350 Writing About Music  (Junior Writing Seminar)