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Leong, Daphne Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Leong’s research interests include rhythm, analysis and performance, the music of 20th- and 21st-century composers, and theories of cross-disciplinary collaboration. Her book Performing Knowledge, supported by Kayden, LEAP, and GCAH grants, and an SMT subvention, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Her articles appear in Journal of Music Theory, Perspectives of New Music, Music Theory Online, Theory and Practice, Intégral, Gamut, and Acta Musicologica, as well as in edited collections on Bartók and Ravel and in the Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory. Leong is also an active pianist and chamber musician, performing in recent years in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, England, and Romania. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to premieres of current music. She is a founding member of the new-music quartet Throw Down or Shut Up!.


  • rhythm, analysis and performance, music of the 20th and 21st centuries, music of Bela Bartok, interdisciplinary collaboration, audiences


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courses taught

  • MUSC 1101 - Semester 1 Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces the fundamentals of diatonic harmony and voice leading, focusing on model composition (including one-, two- and four-voice writing) and analysis of excerpts from music literature. Offered fall only.
  • MUSC 1111 - Semester 2 Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Continuation of MUSC 1101. Explores principles of harmony, voice leading and form. Continues emphasis on both model composition and analysis. Introduces chromatic elements (such as applied dominants and modulation), harmonic syntax and structural analysis of excerpts from music literature. Offered spring only.
  • MUSC 4071 - Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Focuses on theory and analysis of post-tonal literature pre-1945. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.
  • MUSC 5071 - Post-tonal Theory and Analysis I
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Focuses on theory and analysis of post-tonal literature pre-1945. Student must have passed general written theory and aural skills preliminary exam or completed remediation before enrolling in course.
  • MUSC 5151 - Topics in Music Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Analytical study of a specific topic to be determinedby the instructor (e.g., German Lieder, Bartok quartets, tonal rhythm, Schenker, etc). Study published analyses representing a variety of methodologies and produce original analyses. Student must have passed graduate preliminary exams or completed remediation before enrolling in this course. Recommended prerequisite: MUSC 5061 or MUSC 5071 as appropriate to the topic, or instructor consent required.
  • MUSC 6801 - Advanced Topics in Music Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Intensive study of a specialized topics in theory and analysis through critical reading and analysis, class presentations and independent research. Student must have passed graduate preliminary exams and completed 6 credits hours of graduate-level theory before enrolling in course. Instructor determined prerequisite will be enforced as appropriate to the topic.


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