Megan Kaes Long.
  • Associate Professor of Music Theory


  • 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 Long Gives Invited Talk

    February 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 Workshop

    April 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 Talk

    February 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 Conference

    June 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 Publishes Essay

    January 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 Stipend

    April 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.