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  • Associate Professor of Music Theory


  • BMus in viola performance, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 1996
  • BA in mathematics, Oberlin College, 1996
  • MA, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, 1999
  • PhD in music theory, Graduate Center, CUNY, 2004


Jan Miyake has taught music theory at Oberlin since 2002. She has presented her work at numerous regional, national, and international conferences.

Miyake is elected treasurer of the Society for Music Theory (2015-19) and has served on the Program Committee for the 2012 Society for Music Theory Meeting (New Orleans) as well as the editorial boards of Music Theory Online (2012-15) and Music Theory Pedagogy Online (2012-present).

She blogs about teaching on the site musictheory.net, where she reflects on experiments in her teaching as a way to make more transparent the messy work of writing good lesson plans.


Her work is published in Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy, Brahms & The Shaping of Time, Journal of Schenkerian Studies, Theory and Practice, Music Theory Online, and Essays from the Fourth International Schenker Symposium.

Research Interests

Miyake’s current research explores issues of sonata form in late 18th- and early 19th-century works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.


New Series Explores The Framing of Race

November 5, 2015
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to identify and/or develop courses, speakers, creative work, workshops, performances, and other events that address The Framing of Race, the 2016 theme of the new Think/Create/Engage series.