Faculty & Staff

Dr. Emily H. Green

Music History

Associate Professor of Music
  • Music History
  • Advanced Topics in Music History
  • Popular Music in America
Education 
  • B.A., Cornell University
  • M.M., University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University

Dr. Emily H. Green enjoys scholarship on a number of areas of music history. Her first interest in musicology concerns strategies of music publishing and marketing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century western Europe and America. Her book, Dedicating Music, 1785–1850, attempts to discover what dedications communicated to their readers, both in the marketplace and in the home. This exploration visits interdisciplinary areas of inquiry like: the history of gendered advertising; the role of consumerism in the construction of taste; ethnographic considerations of celebrity, capital, and prestige; biography and the performance of authenticity; and the histories of collaborative authorship and silent reading. The book’s tandem website with downloadable spreadsheets and data can be found here. Also related to the social history of music, she has co-edited with Catherine Mayes Consuming Music: Individuals, Institutions, Communities, 1730–1830 (Univ. of Rochester Press, 2017). Other work has been published in Current MusicologyEighteenth-Century MusicWidmungen bei Haydn und Beethovenand The Journal of Musicological Research, as well as The New York Times and NewMusicBox.

Her second interest concerns music of enslaved peoples in antebellum United States. She teaches a graduate course, Nineteenth-Century African American Music, and is currently embarking on a performance-oriented project investigating the soundscapes of the enslaved.

She maintains a specialty in performance practice as a keyboardist on modern and historical instruments. She engages with a wide range of repertoire, from Froberger to Schubert to Louis Andriessen, and has given concerts as a solo, collaborative, and ensemble player on harpsichord, early and modern pianos, and synthesizers.

Other areas of teaching specialty include: feminist and queer theory; pop, hip-hop, and music video; and post-war American music.

She has previously taught at Yale University’s Department of Music (as an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow), the Peabody Conservatory, Catholic University of America, and American University.

Contact Dr. Green:  egreen10@gmu.edu