Faculty & Staff

Dr. Emily H. Green

Music History

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

Dr. Emily H. Green (she/her) specializes in the history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music in Europe and the United States. Her research focuses on a number of areas: the commodification of music, amateur musicians, publishing strategies, dedications, and most recently, the music of early Black Americans. Her narrative article in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, How to Read a Rondeau,” shows the many creative approaches that eighteenth-century amateur musicians could take when reading music in the home. (Her students should read it!) Looking more broadly at published music in this period, her book, Dedicating Music, 1785–1850, delves into musical dedications as a subject, investigating what they communicated to their readers, both in the marketplace and in the home. It looks at the role of consumerism in the construction of taste; the role of published music in composers’ celebrity, capital, and prestige; the history of musical biography; 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 most recent research concerns music of Black American musicians in antebellum Virginia. In order to work on a multi-year project on this subject, she and her team of researchers won funding from 4-VA (2021-22), and she was named a Fenwick Fellow (2021-22). The project aims to establish resources that help music educators and performers learn about the sources and practices of these musicians. She also teaches a graduate course on nineteenth-century African American music.

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 and early and modern pianos.

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