- PhD, music theory, Yale University, 2014
- MPhil, music theory, Yale University, 2010
- MA, music theory, Yale University, 2010
- BA, music, Pomona College, 2008
Megan Kaes Long specializes in music and music theory of the late 16th and early 17th centuries in England and on the Continent. Her dissertation, ‘‘Affect, Genre, and Characteristic Tonality in the English Madrigal,’’ received the Distinguished Dissertation Award from Yale University.
Long’s current work explores the emergence of tonal systems in 17th-century homophonic repertoires and the theories that aim to describe them. She has presented her work at numerous conferences, including the annual meetings of the Society for Music Theory and the North American British Music Studies Association.
Long teaches music theory and aural skills; prior to Oberlin, she taught music theory at Yale University and Wesleyan University. In addition to her research and teaching, she is a mezzo-soprano and specializes in performing music of the Renaissance and baroque periods.
Megan Kaes Long Publishes MonographJune 8, 2020
Associate Professor of Music Theory Megan Kaes Long published a monograph, Hearing Homophony: Tonal Expectation at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century (Oxford University Press). The book, which appears on the series Oxford Studies in Music Theory, explores how the regular rhythms and text setting of sixteenth-century popular song provoked encouraged a kind of listening that we now think of as tonal.
Megan Kaes Long Awarded FellowshipApril 10, 2020
Associate Professor of Music Theory Megan Kaes Long was awarded an American Council Of Learned Societies Fellowship for the 2020–2021 academic year to support her research on tonal structure in the music of William Byrd.
Megan Long Gives Invited TalkFebruary 25, 2020
Associate Professor of Music Theory Megan Long gave an invited talk titled "What Do Signature Signify: The Curious Case of Seventeenth-Century English Key" on February 21, 2020 at the University of Chicago.
Megan Long Leads WorkshopApril 10, 2019
Assistant Professor of Music Theory Megan Long led the graduate student workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Music Theory Society of New York State on April 5, 2019.
Megan Long Gives Invited TalkFebruary 11, 2019
Assistant Professor of Music Theory Megan Long gave an invited talk called "What Do Signatures Signify? The Curious Case of 17th-Century English Key" at the University of Toronto on January 31, 2019.
Megan Kaes Long Organizes ConferenceJune 19, 2018
In her capacity as chair of the early music analysis interest group of the Society for Music Theory, Assistant Professor of Music Theory Megan Kaes Long organized a conference that took place at the beginning of June at Brandeis University. The conference celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the important volume Tonal Structures in Early Music, edited by Cristle Collins Judd, and it featured fifteen papers as well as a roundtable discussion among five authors from the Tonal Structures volume.
Megan Kaes Long PublishesJune 7, 2018
Megan Kaes Long, assistant professor of music theory, published "Cadential Syntax and Tonal Expectation in Late Sixteenth-Century Homophony" in the May 2018 issue of Music Theory Spectrum.
Megan Kaes Long Publishes EssayJanuary 26, 2018
Megan Kaes Long, assistant professor of music theory, published an essay about her research on the blog, Women in Music Theory. In it, Long describes the intersection between her experience as a singer, her time spent studying sixteenth-century sources, and her scholarly work.
Megan Kaes Long Receives NEH Summer StipendApril 26, 2016
Assistant Professor of Music Theory Megan Kaes Long has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend fellowship to support work on her monograph, Hearing Homophony: Characteristic Tonalities at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century. This summer she will travel to the British Library in London, the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to view sixteenth- and seventeenth-century music prints.