Dr. Megan Lavengood

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Titles and Organizations

Director of MUSIC THEORY, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-6272
Phone 2: Fax 703-993-1394
Campus: Fairfax
Building: de Laski Performing Arts Bldg
Room A421
Mail Stop: 3E3
Email: mlavengo@gmu.edu


Dr. Megan Lavengood is Associate Professor and Director of Music Theory at George Mason University. Her research primarily deals with popular music, video game music, timbre, synthesizers, and recording techniques. Her article on the iconic Yamaha DX7 electric piano sound appears in the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and her methodology for timbre analysis is described an article in Music Theory Online. As a pedagogue, she focuses on incorporating popular music as a step toward inclusivity of music students from non-traditional backgrounds. She has headed teams that won grants to redesign Mason's core theory curriculum to be modular instead of sequential and to substantially expand the open educational resource Open Music Theory. Prior to COVID, she was also an active performer as a soprano in a Renaissance quartet.

Assistant Professor

  • Music Theory


  • PhD (Music Theory), City University of New York (2017)
  • MM (Music Theory), The Florida State University (2012)
  • BM (Music Theory), Ohio University (2010)