Leah Frederick


  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Aural Skills

Areas of Study


  • PhD, music theory, Indiana University, 2020
  • BMA, viola performance, Penn State University, 2015
  • BS, mathematics, Penn State University, 2015


Leah Frederick is a music theorist specializing in mathematical techniques for the study of musical structure. Her recent research examines the relationship between diatonic and chromatic conceptions of musical space, specifically with regards to voice leading. Her work in this area appears in the Journal of Music Theory and was awarded a 2020 SMT-40 Dissertation Fellowship by the Society for Music Theory.

Frederick has studied viola with Atar Arad and Tim Deighton, and her writing on the viola repertoire appears in the Journal of the American Viola Society.

While at Indiana University, Frederick served as editor of the Indiana Theory Review and received the Wennerstrom AI Fellowship for outstanding teaching.

Spring 2022

Introduction to Music Theory — MUTH 120
Music Theory I — MUTH 131

Fall 2022

Aural Skills I — MUTH 101
Topics in Nineteenth-Century Music — MUTH 255